The Winner, etc.

It was interesting to read the comments from my last post – I asked people to comment on what they were going to be working on in the upcoming year.  Of course many of you are going to be finishing up UFO’s and using up stash, but I was surprised to find out that many of you are looking to improve your machine quilting and applique skills!  I think many quilters avoid this two techniques, so I was excited to read that so many of you are wanting to pursue them.  I think it’s a great goal for the new year.  I should probably do a couple posts with some of my hints . . . but for now, the winner of the kit from my last post is:

Stephani in TX, who commented on Jan 3rd, at 11:57 am.  Please e-mail your shipping info to hmulder@wecnet.com to claim your kit!

I also have a project or two that I will be working on in the upcoming year.  I am so happy to close the book on 2011.  This last year has been a difficult one, for reasons that I never usually talk about on this blog.  I think people are usually looking for happy blog posts and I never know just how personal to get.   I feel as if anything written here might just as well be up on a flashing, digital sign on main street or across the ticker on the bottom of your TV screen.  But, all year I felt as if I have been living a double life from you.  I have read  Anna Maria’s blog post and several from Alicia at Posy Gets Cozy  that have given me courage.  Never did I think they shared too much.  Instead I felt a connection with them.  I thought of them often, prayed for them.  A line from a favorite movie came to me – it’s Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail, sitting across the couch from Tom Hanks saying, “What’s so wrong with being personal anyways.  If anything else, it ought to begin by being personal.  What’s so wrong with being personal anyways”  . . . So today, this goes beyond being my creative journal.  It is my personal story  – and I’m warning you,  it’s really looooong.

Where do I begin –  I married Joel over eight years ago.  We began by optimistically remodeling a house together.  That huge project and our careers were our focus.  Before we knew it, we were over thirty.  Then my career kicked into high gear, and I spent every available moment trying to keep up.  The thought of having kids was always easily pushed into the back of my mind.  I was living my dream, but I knew we had to decide sooner  than later.  A year of “seeing what would happen”, was followed by a check with the general doctor and trying his suggestions.  I began to wonder if there was something wrong and decided to see an OBGYN, even though I still wasn’t sure about this whole kid thing.  After numerous tests, they found nothing wrong and recommended the typical treatment of Clomid and IUI’s (intro uterine insemination).  The mention of the higher twins rate with Clomid sent me running from the office to hide for another two months.  Eventually, we decided to give it a try and I was in and out of the doctor’s office every month.  Another year passed with no results.  Another long year, somehow longer than the previous years. 

We started talking about other options and trying other drugs.  No luck.  We began to come to the realization that we would probably need to do IVF (invitro fertilization).   Our doctor recommended a clinic in the Twin Cities and we reluctantly signed up to take an informational class.   At the class we were overwhelmed with information – what I would be going through, the (low) rates of success, the staggering financial costs.  I felt a ton of bricks begin to settle in on my heart.   We drove home in the dark, too overwhelmed to talk about what we were dealing with.   I didn’t like the clinic, it’s location in a huge hospital, even the people.  Joel agreed.  We talked with others who had tried another clinic.  We looked into their class and waited another month to get into that class.  We decided to go with this clinic.  It was the beginning of December, 2010.  Who wanted to deal with this during Christmas?    I couldn’t do it.  We set up an appointment for January.  Knowing how much monitoring this requires, I give up all my traveling for work in 2011, speaking and teaching classes.

We came in for our initial screening.  Some of it ok, some of it painful.  I had no idea what the images on the ultrasound screen meant.  We were told to wait in a waiting room for the doctor to come and talk with us. The Dr said that I had developed a uterine polyp and would not be allowed to move forward.  We had signed up for their warranty program, so they weren’t going to allow us to continue without resolving that issue.   The polyp had not been there during my previous testing, but was probably a result of the fertility drugs that I had been on for the last year and a half.  We were sent back to my OBGYN.  There was a three week wait for my appointment, then a few weeks on some medication, then a wait for another appointment.   During the appointment, they weren’t able to get into my cervix with the camera to see if the polyp was gone.   This had always been a painful procedure for me because apparently, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings lives in my cervix.  If you have seen the first movie in the series, you will remember Gandalf standing on a bridge facing the Balrok.  He lowers his staff to block the way and yells “You shall not pass”.  Again, he yells, “You shall not pass”, slamming his staff down harder while fire and rocks are falling all around him.  (Joel doesn’t think I should put this part in here.  He questions whether quilters spend much time watching Lord of the Rings and will even know what I am taking about.  I still think it provides a good visual and every time I went in for an appointment, I would think of this and hope Gandalf had the day off).

This was not that day, so thanks Gandalf, now I had to be put under and have surgery for them to get in there and take out the polyp.  Now it is April and I have to heal before I can go back to the clinic in the Cities.  Eventually we are cleared to start the process.  We take the class on the injectable drugs that I will have to learn to administer and we set a time-line with the scheduling nurse.  I struggle to finish my book for quilt market.

The next issue is that I have Quilt Market in a month, and this procedure requires lots of monitoring.  We finagle a little and I begin the first part – being on the pills for 21 days.  We come home from market (worst market ever – with the economy and knowing what I am coming home to) and I start the injectables.  I wait for the monster I hear I might become.  (Joel worked at a pharmacy selling injectables and had to deal with lots of hormonally crazed women.  My OB  told me his practice ends with injectables, because women on injectables are psychotic).   Luckily, the monster is kept at bay.  I am in the clinic every over day for a blood draw and ultrasound.  Each day I get new instructions on tweaking my meds.  When my ovaries each feel like they have eaten a giant Thanksgiving dinner, I go in, am put under, and 10 follicles are harvested.   This is now Memorial day.  After two days of bed rest, I am called in for the transfer, followed by  another two days of bed rest.  I deal with the side effects of the drugs.  The main problem is that I cannot sleep on these meds.  I spend night, after night, awake.  The long days are followed by even longer nights.  I feel the hands of this thing reach it’s fingers around my creativity and squeeze until there is nothing left.  We begin the long two week wait for the results.  After two blood tests, we are told the results are negative.   In the meantime, everyone around me (and their dog) is getting pregnant and having babies.  I am happy for them, but it is hard not to feel surrounded by babies.

After a waiting period, I begin another type of drugs, this time for use with the two frozen embryos that were saved from the first retrieval.  After  five weeks of drugs, waiting in waiting rooms for more blood draws and ultrasounds, we have the second transfer.  I spend my days of bed rest up on the deck, as it is now July.  We wait the long two weeks again.   I continue to deal with the side effects.  No sleep.  My creativeness, my livelihood, is now laying somewhere behind me, squashed and choked.   Two blood tests are done.  The first one is positive for a chemical pregnancy.  The second one, three days later, already says that it is gone.  Meaning there was some level of attachment, that we must start over again.

In August I start the cycle again.  We have no more frozen embryos, so we will do the whole process again.  I start with the injectables, I am in the clinic every day.  A nice receptionist says, “you are starting to be a regular here”.  I try not to kill her with my look.  I try to get out before anyone else sees me.  The phlembotomists are silent as they draw my blood.  They know I have been here too many times.  My ultrasounds show that my follicles aren’t responding like they did the first time.   After a full round of drugs,  five ultrasounds, and  lots of money wasted, the retrieval is cancelled two days before the scheduled date.   I only have three mature follicles (last time 10 of my 20+ follicles were mature).  There is a good chance that having only three follicles won’t produce any good embryos (out of 10 follicles last time, we got 4 useable embryos).   If they put me under to harvest them and they don’t cooperate, I have to wait another three months before we can try again.  Our doctor recommends that we convert the cycle to an IUI instead.   I know what this means.  I have already had 9 IUI’s and none of them worked.   I turn off my phone.  I text my family to tell them what happened, as my voice doesn’t work.  I tell them not to call.  It is easier this way, as nobody knows what to say anyways.  My close family members go through this too.  I need sleep.  I still haven’t created anything for months.  That hasn’t happened since I was about 3.  Who is this person I have become?  My blog is silent.  I have nothing to say.

After two weeks, I do another couple blood pregnancy tests.  Joel is in St Louis for a work meeting.   The nurse leaves a message on my cell phone, but I do not check the message until that evening.  I call Joel in his hotel room.  He thinks he knows the results, as he hears crying on the other end of the phone.   But he is wrong.  The result is positive.  POSITIVE!  I tell him what the nurse says – that they rarely have to cancel an IVF cycle.  Even more rarely do the IUI’s ever work.  (Most people have had so many by the time they get to this point, that they aren’t working for a reason).   We can hardly believe it.  This hasn’t gone at all how WE had planned, but we will take it!  It is the end of September.

We spend the next three weeks wondering what is in there.  Is it still there?  Having three mature follicles means that we wonder – Is it just one or is three?  four?  Which thought is scarier, none or three?   After three weeks, we have an ultrasound and my OB says there is a confirmed uterine pregnancy.  Just one, and everything looks normal, though it is still very early.  He picks up the heartbeat and we see a small flashing on the screen.  He warns us that 20% of babies miscarry.  At my age he says to figure on 30%.  (Did I mention that I never felt old until we tried to have kids?  Apparently, 35 is practically over the hill when it comes to having babies.)  That 30% seems huge to me.  It is hard not to worry.  I say to myself, this is my miracle baby, and I want to keep it.

After another couple weeks, a second ultra sound still shows a heartbeat and all things being normal.  During the appointment the doctor still seems cautious, calling it the pregnancy that never should have happened.  That is how lucky we were to have it work in this way.  I pray harder.  At ten weeks, a third ultrasound shows something that actually resembles a baby.  It is busy boxing  and turns its head to look at us (I think) while the Dr is talking about it.  The doctor hears the heartbeat with the hand-held Doppler .  He extends his hand and says congratulations, you are through the miscarriage window.  You now have a 95% chance of keeping this baby.  At ten weeks, we breathe a little easier.  We start to tell some of our family.  At Thanksgiving, we tell more.   At Christmas, I show up sporting a slight baby bump.  At New Years, it is even bigger.  We have the multiple markers test and everything looks good.  As I write this, I feel the baby moving.

Finally, the four year wait is over.  We still have some things to get through and there is still uncertainty.   But hopefully, in about five months, we will get to meet this little baby.   Life will be changing in a big way, and I am finally ready for it.  Sometimes I think I needed to go through all of this to be ready.  To know for sure  (not that I would ever choose to go through it.)   I have been able to unstrap the misery that had tied itself to my back and move forward.  Joy is back.  I know each baby is a miracle, but I am still going to think of this as my little miracle baby.   Considering what we have been through, the significance seems greater somehow.  We are grateful.  I am over 18 weeks – almost halfway.  Here I am with Joel, trying to show off my bump.

 

So, getting back to where I started with this post, this year I am making a baby quilt. 

Or maybe even two, or three!

or four, or five . . . .

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308 Responses to The Winner, etc.

  1. Krislyn Thompson says:

    So very happy for you…….

  2. Jen says:

    Heather, my most heart-felt CONGRATULATIONS!! While I had no issues getting pregnant with my daughter, my best friend had issues as you explained. She is now the proud Mama of two energetic little girls (14 months apart).

  3. Deb Worthman says:

    Congrats and best wishes to all of you.

  4. Debbie Outlaw says:

    Heather & Joel-
    Congratulations! I know ya’ll are very excited. My prayers for a healthy baby are coming your way.

  5. Chelley says:

    Congratulations, Heather! I think sometimes we have to face the trials to know for sure what we really want. I used Clomid to have my daughter. My son came along 13 months later (surprise!). Be forwarned, sometimes after you have the first, everything starts to work as it should have from the beginning. No one told me that! Mine were born when I was 38 and 39 and i was considered an “elderly mother”. :) Hang in there!

  6. amy r says:

    Smiling for you in Michigan~

  7. Sequana says:

    When I read comments that say people cried their way thru a post, I usually think they are exaggerating. However,………..yes, I am teary right now. And so happy for you three. I will send as many positive vibes there as I can muster up. This baby will be so cherished. What a wonderful year 2012 will be!

  8. Cathy Anderson says:

    Your story bought tears to my eyes; you have been blessed.

  9. audrey says:

    Who’s cutting the onions?! Teary eyed over here too. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy :)

  10. Therese says:

    Congratulations and continued blessings on your journey!

  11. Joanne says:

    Heather,
    I am so thrilled for you. My DIL was 40 when she gave birth to our only Grandchild. Alfie is now 3
    and the light of our lives. We thought we had missed the Grandma Grandpa wagon but you just never know what life has instore for you.
    Take care.
    Joanne.

  12. sillyandrea says:

    While I was reading through, I was trying to figure out how to say how sorry I was for all you’ve been through.. but SURPRISE! :D

    It’s the beginning of a beautiful chapter. :D

    And YES I totally got the Gandalph reference. I haven;t had fertility issue but I did have enough issues in that area I was ready to poke the net GYN I saw with a very sharp stick in some very tender places. I could also relate to not having words for the blog and having the creativity dry up. this chapter is closing, on to another. :)

    And! Another and! My daughter in law is right behind you – grandbaby number 2 is on their way.

  13. Mary Jo says:

    Wow! I am in tears. I am so happy for you and Joel. The trouble with just including happy things in a blog is it gives the reader the idea that your life is really like that. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t have some sorrows and more that have heavy burdens. So thankyou for becoming really real to us readers and besides that I know to pray for you and your little miracle. Thanks

  14. Dianne says:

    I am SO EXCITED for you and your husband!!!!! My sister has nearly the exact same story…and it was so hard for her, and so devastating for us to watch. She now has 1 beautiful miracle daughter and another miracle on the way! Enjoy this precious time, trust that everything really IS going well with the baby, and most of all, enjoy that bundle when it arrives! Congratulations!

  15. DianeY says:

    I saw 2 beautiful rainbows this morning! Only one was in the sky. Very happy for you!

  16. Jen says:

    Wholehearted congratulations! My husband and I are struggling with fertility issues right now, so I can relate to the emotional roller coaster you went through. Enjoy making those baby blankets!

  17. Missy says:

    Congratulations! Tears here too and so glad that things are going well. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers, because children are SUCH a blessing.

    I’d also like to thank you for sharing your story. I love reading blogs where people share it all–the good, the bad, and the ugly…because when you get right down to it, that is how everyone’s lives are–at least at some point. And the more we share, the more positive thoughts get sent our way.

    Wishing you a truly wonderful 2012! Can’t wait to follow your blog this year, as I have for several years!

  18. Leslie J. says:

    Heather (and Joel),
    My heartfelt congratulations to you both! I have cried along with Alicia and Anna Maria, and am rejoicing with you now. You are a wonderful aunt/uncle and will be astounding parents. Your love of children has always shone through with photos/words of your nieces and nephews!

  19. Angie says:

    Congratulations Heather! I too use Clomid and it didn’t work for me. I just decide it wasn’t meant for me to be a mom, so my husband and I picked out a candy apple red corvette and before we could make the purchase I found out I was pregant with my oldest son, who is now 31. Five and half years
    later, we bought a new house and right after that I found out I was pregant with my second son.
    Again congratulations on the soon to be new member of your family.
    .

  20. Gerda Vantuil says:

    Congratulations, Heather and Joel!! I’m so happy for you both, and will pray that all continues to go well. God does still perform miracles. Our son and DIL have been married almost 8 1/2 years, and after two miscarriages (and difficulty getting pregnant, too), they are expecting a little boy in late April, making DH and I Opa and Oma for the third time.
    I wish you all the best – have fun making baby quilts – they’re the best! And thank you for sharing.
    Gerda in Alberta

  21. Elaine says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful post! I was totally expecting to see a new design! Better than that! A new baby – a miracle baby is one the way! May the Good Lord watch over you and BABY! Anxiously awaiting all good news!

  22. Sunnybec says:

    Oh Heather big CONGRATULATIONS to you and Joel, after what you have gone through you deserve this baby.I think anyone reading this will shed a few tears. We have no children, it just never happened, I didn’t go through what you have gone through, we just decided what would be would be. I know what you mean about how much you say on your blog, somethings are just too private. Thanks for sharing now and look forward to hearing your progress and the eventual arrival. Hugs Linda

  23. Anita says:

    Congrats! and wow! My daughter was conceived via IUI. She is worth every injection and discomfort that we had to go through to get her.

  24. Rhonda says:

    congratulations!! such wonderful, exciting news!!

  25. Joan Moore says:

    I was on sitting on pins and needles with tears rolling down my cheeks while reading your post. Congratulations! I am sooo happy for you and your husband.

  26. Chris Floraday says:

    Congrats to you both! Thanks for sharing your story. You have my very best positive thoughts for the rest of your pregnancy. Enjoy your special couple time and get ready to welcome your special baby!!

  27. Carol says:

    I’m a long time reader/lurker but tears of joy are running in my eyes for both of you! I’ll keep you both in my prayers for a healthy baby!

  28. ~Michelle~ says:

    Congrats! Great news and I’m sure you’ll both be wonderful parents to this little babe.

    And I totally get Gandalf – LOTR is how I spend long hours in my crafty room (which is soon to be taken over by my own little one).

  29. 4dreamsr says:

    Heather, what a trial you two have been thru, but what a blessing has unfolded. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Sometimes one may feel like things are too personal or painful to relate to others, but at least give others the opportunity to pray for you in such times because that’s our blessing. Yes, I got the Gandolf reference too. I’ve watched those movies so many times I should have all the lines memorized!

  30. I too followed Alicia and Andy’s story and felt heart broken at their experience- the pain of wanting a child is unique and intense. Nothing will take the place of what you desire. I’m so glad that you have this little miracle under your heart, and I pray we’ll be seeing beautiful baby photos later on. I remember you posting about Joel’s dog ages ago, and I thought “There’s a man who will make a wonderful daddy”.
    And of course we “get” the LOTR reference- I find that there’s a quote in those movies for just about any situation, as you’ve demonstrated.

  31. Megan says:

    Oh gah, I’m so glad that y’all found joy in this year! I’ll be praying that the rest of your pregnancy is uneventful and restful. Such a cute picture of you two – Joel looks like he couldn’t be a happier papa!

  32. YEAH! And may all go smoothly for you from now on…

  33. Leota says:

    I am in tears reading your joyful news. I have often wondered why you had no children. Please know how very happy I am for you and am looking forward to hearing of your progress and the blessed event.

  34. Chris says:

    So happy for you and Joel. Words are inadequate.

  35. Brenda C says:

    Congratulations!! So exciting and what a miracle.

  36. Jo Anne says:

    Heather, so happy for you. You can’t get more “creative” than what you are doing now. Once you have some relief from all this stress, your other creative juices are bound to flow again. I have missed your posts, and wondered what was going on. I hope you can relax now and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.

  37. Oh Heather – I have goosebumps! Congratulations – I am so happy for you! Hugs.

  38. Lyndsay says:

    Wonderful post! Happy for you. :)

  39. abby says:

    Congrats! I can’t believe all you have gone through. I am so glad you decided to share your story. I have often wondered about when you would start a family as you seem very into your nieces and nephews and I wondered if there was issues. So glad to hear the good news. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Jane W. says:

    To say that you are both glowing in that photo is an understatement. Best wishes for a beautiful pregnancy and birth. You both deserve it!!

  41. Beth says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story. I know that 2012 is going to be a very exciting year for you and your husband. I can’t imagine what the babies room will look like! My prayers are with you and your family.

  42. Ivy Mae says:

    So happy for you! I know how difficult this all must have been–my husband and I are infertile and it is an emotional wrecker like none other. God bless you–so happy you got your miracle!

  43. bev/mo says:

    so glad you shared with us…we have missed you. Congratulations!!!!! Im so happy for you.

  44. Dica says:

    So happy for you and your husband. Will be looking forward to seeing the miracle child that God has given you. Praying for the rest of the time to go smoothly and looking forward to new patterns to appear as you prepare for the little one. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  45. Bari Jo says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! Woohoo! Congratulations!!! I love reading your blog and seeing all the wonderful inspiration you always share – but today’s post has to be my all time fave… tears are streaming… while we’ve never met, my heart ached for you as I read your journey and I was SO excited to read to the end to see how the story ended! Wow! What a miracle and much to praise God for for sure! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to see the cute baby quilts you will be making for your sweet little one! Wow. I know we’ve never met and probably never will – but thank you for sharing. I will pray for you and your baby! This is such a special time in life – I am so thankful your prayers were answered! :O)

  46. Pam says:

    Congratulations!!! Just can’t express how moved I was by your story….

  47. Cheryl says:

    I am so happy for you. I have always enjoyed reading your blog (and your patterns). You have a beautiful home that will only become more special with the addition of your baby. You will be great parents as evidenced by the wonderful experiences you share with your nieces and nephews. Thanks for sharing your wonderful news!

  48. Vicki says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best:)

  49. Sandra says:

    Congratulations! What a wonderful blessing to look forward to. Looking forward to seeing baby quilts! I am expecting a miracle grandchild this summer, and need some inspiration! :)

  50. vivoaks says:

    Congrats!!! The next few years will be the best of your life! Be sure not to stress too much, and enjoy every minute…. God Bless!

  51. Kathy Brown says:

    WOW – tears in my eyes as I read your post. It brought me back to 28 years ago when we were struggling with the same issues. None of the options you have now were available to us then – we were just sent home to ‘hope and pray” after 2 surgeries to unblock my tubes and ‘clean me out’! 5 long years of waiting and countless tears and sleepless nights though – we were blessed with our daughter. Congratulations to both you and Joel – I’m so happy for you both!!!

  52. Major congratulations. You and your husband have demonstrated such strength and courage as you have survived this process. I will pray for you as you enjoy the second half of your pregnancy and await the arrival of this miracle baby.

  53. Nancy C. in Utah says:

    Heather, First, thank you so, so much for sharing your story with us, it is one of those stories that tears my heart out, then puts it back better than before. I’m so very happy for you and I will be keeping you, your hubby and baby bump in my thoughts and prayers…I love the baby bump picture… (Yup, I can see the little rascal). OH and please tell your hubby ‘for the record’, I for one, knew EXACTLY what you were talking about when you said Gandolf was “living in there”.** Just because we are quilters, doesn’t mean we aren’t into some pretty deep books, movies and many other aspects of life and entertainment going on around us, *wink*. We just forget about all of it when we are creating. Congratulations to both of you!!! I can’t wait to see the baby quilts and all the other ideas I know you will come up with. Big Hugs and thanks again for sharing…
    ***Now, where is that box of kleenex? I’ve been sitting here bawling my eyes out!!!

  54. Elaine S. says:

    Congratulations to you and Joel! Your baby will be precious!

  55. Dorian says:

    Oh Anna, I have tears streaming down my face for you!!! What a wonderful God, to finally give you the baby you’ve been dreaming of. I will you keep you and baby in my prayers, that all goes well…oh, and don’t worry about that age thing, I’m 41….and 28wks pregnant ;) 36 is nothing. LOL!!

    HUGS! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I dont’ think it’s too personnal at all. I LIKE to get to know people who’s blogs I read.

    ENJOY!!!!

  56. Congratulations Heather! I will pray for you during the next few months and that everything goes smoothly. You will be a great mom!

  57. Donna says:

    Wonderful! You and hubby make a lovely pregnant couple. Congratulations.

  58. Dorian says:

    ROFL…OOPPS…I MEAN Heather! geesh…. ::blushing bright red now::;

  59. Frankie says:

    Congratulations! I’m really so happy for you! I do appreciate you sharing your story and I’m so glad that you’re in a happy place looking forward to this oh-so-wanted baby. Take care of yourself and enjoy every minute!

  60. roadsage1 says:

    Prayers for God’s continued blessings! Congratulations. I am so happy for you!

  61. Darlene B says:

    What a great God who has given you a miracle baby! I’m so happy for you and Joel and know that this will be the cutest baby (babies?) ever!!!

  62. LauraJ in LV says:

    Congratulations! I’m so very excited for you and your growing family!

  63. Kathy says:

    Congratulations!!!! Much Love & happiness always is my wish for you.
    Kathy

  64. Rosalie says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best in the months ahead. Can’t wait to see pictures of your bundle of joy.!

  65. Ailsa says:

    Thank God……..and God Bless you all!

  66. HopeTN says:

    Congratulations! I am glad you shared this with us – you had me in tears but it has worked out so positively for you, I am so glad.

    And this quilter has most definitely seen The Lord of the Rings – and read the book more times than I can count. :)

  67. Penny says:

    Congratulations to you and Joel!!! What wonderful news – your story brought tears of joy for you and your husband. With the warmest thoughts and prayers for you ~

  68. Cosmos says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

  69. Congratulations—praying that things continue to go well for you and the little one. I’m sure you will make an awesome Mom…and can’t wait to see what you come up with for baby quilts!!

  70. Kaye M. says:

    Thank you for sharing your personal story, the tears are running down my face I’m happy and sad all at once. I’m sorry that you had to go through so many trials and happy that now you are going to have a baby! It’s wonderful news, I know you and Joel will be great parents! I know this because of the wonderful posts that you have shared about experiences with your nieces and nephews. You are in my prayers.

  71. Beth says:

    So happy for you and Joel! You used to teach at retreats in Little Falls that I went to, and I always thought you were so sweet and would be a great mom. I have a feeling this little baby will not only have wonderful baby quilts but some pretty spectacular knitted items as well. Enjoy and love every minute! Congratulations!

  72. Congratulations!! This baby is going to have the cutest quilts ever! LOL
    Thank you for telling your story. I share part of your anguish in conceiving and had I known what you were going thru, I would have sent more hugs and support! Sending loads of T&P’s now!! (hugs)

  73. Tilda says:

    Awwww!!! I am so thrilled for the both of you!!! Congratulations!!!! And thank you for sharing your story…

  74. Maggie in Ireland says:

    Congratulations Anna on this wonderful news :-) As I was reading your story I was bracing myself for the “bad news” bit…. I was teary-eyed and so relieved when I reached the fantastic news bit. I have been down that route also and as an “elderly” first time mother-to-be… We have been blessed 3 times since :-) My wise SIL always says that you can plan not to become pregnant but you can’t plan to become pregnant.
    This baby has come along when he/she figured it was the right time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Best wishes to you, your hubby and little bump.

  75. Lisa D. says:

    You have really been blessed. Congratulations. I’m sure you can’t wait to meet your anxiously awaited bundle of joy!

  76. Erika says:

    Congratulations to you Heather and Joel, what a miracle Thank you for shearing your amazing adventure and pray for this little one to come to you guys safe and healthy.

  77. I am so incredibly happy for you and your husband. What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. Congratulations!! I can’t wait to see your beautiful baby quilts AND beautiful baby!

  78. Mama Dub says:

    I am so happy for you and your husband. Thank you for sharing this personal story with us. You have had a remarkable journey with much pain and hardship. But now you have incredible joy and happiness ahead of you. This is a lucky little baby coming into such a warm and loving family! Congratulations!

  79. Liz says:

    Heather, congratulations. My niece had to take fertility drugs to get pregnant and now she will be having twin boys anytime now. She is a RN and has been on bed rest this whole pregnancy but so worth it just to see those babies. Take care so happy for you.

  80. Jennifer W says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have been very concerned for you since you mentioned your creativity was having trouble. I will be praying for your family. Congratulations!

  81. Anne says:

    I am tearful as I write this note. Sad for what you had to go through, joyful for what you finally have. God bless the three of you. All babies are miracles… this one is a really big one. Thank you for courageously sharing your story.

  82. Shirley says:

    I absolutely thoroughly enjoy your blog and all the fun family pictures you post. As I started to read your post at work (oops!), I had to close it because I had started to cry. As soon as I got home, I immediately went to finish reading it and of course I started crying again! I am so happy for you and Joel. Enjoy these last 22 weeks. It only gets better! Congratulations!!

  83. Di S says:

    Absolutely wonderful news! Wishing you all every blessing.

  84. Ranch Wife says:

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I have added you and your sweet baby to my daily prayers, as I am sure have so many others. See, now that you have shared, there are extra prayers covering you and that’s always a good thing. :)

  85. So, so, so very happy for you! Congratulations!

  86. Linda says:

    Congratulations!!!!!

  87. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! You’ll be in my prayers for a safe carriage and delivery!

  88. Karen says:

    Congratulations!! I hope you get to enjoy these weeks till your wee one is in your arms!
    God Bless!

  89. Drew says:

    I only started to recently read your blog, and I have to say that I’m so happy to read your story. My husband and I just went through our first (successful) IVF cycle, and it’s so much easier to hear from other women who have been through the same thing, the same heartaches and struggles. We go in for our first ultrasound in a few days, and your story has boosted my spirits, since infertility constantly seems to squash them :) Congratulations times a million, mama!

  90. Katie says:

    Congratulations to you both!

  91. Alyson says:

    Thank you for sharing your amazing story! Congratulations!

  92. LaurieC says:

    Congratulations – and many blessings to you and Joel.
    You will love being parents – and will be great ones!

  93. Connie says:

    Congratulations to both of you!!

  94. Lee says:

    You will always have such joy with your child because you know how special s/he is. Anyone who has read your blog knows how much you both love kids. Now go forth and spoil your own!

  95. Susan J. says:

    Although I only know you through your blog and books, I am truly so happy for you and your husband. I also waited many years before trying to have children and encountered struggles and setbacks that pale in comparison to yours. After being lumped in the “advanced maternal age” category, my husband and I had two beautiful children. Best wishes for what looks to be an incredible 2012 for your family!

  96. Lindsey says:

    Heather, I am so proud of you for sharing your story. I cried through the whole thing of course, but it was such a great reminder of what an AWESOME God we serve. He had this baby in his plans all along. So excited to be auntie again. As your sister it has been so hard to watch you go thru this, especially since I didn’t have fertility issues, but now we have so much to look forward to. You will be a great mom, and everything you went through will be worth it the second you get to hold that baby in your arms. Love you lots!!!

  97. Penny says:

    Heather and Joel, Congratulations!!!! Yes, I shed tears that turned to joy for you both and remembering our past experiences and blessings. We were in a similar situation and after multiple operations I gave birth to our one and only DD. Then more operations to no avail and our only hope was what you have gone through but we opted out, We believed in God and the prayers of those that have gained Heaven so instead we enlisted St. Gerard, Patron Saint of Mothers. After daily nagging him, and a four and a half year gap DS was born. Well, we ended up with three sons in three and a half years, then a four year gap, then our fourth DS, (at this stage I was 42 years old). Now at 57 years we are Grandparents to four and the fifth due next month. Never give up hope, and trust that God knows what is best for us in this life here below. Enjoy all the little kicks, turns and hiccups, and then that precious one cradled in your arms. Blessings to you both!!!!

  98. Christine Thomas says:

    Sweet. And I liked reading a long, personal post. And the Gandalph reference is just fine. And, I, too, am teary-eyed. And I’m sure everyone has said everything that I want to say. I will applaud you and Joel for being the best auntie and uncle to your nieces and nephews. You’ve always approached them (as subjects for your blogs) with love and kindness and utmost affection. O! just to think…they all get a new cousin now! I completely understand…my oldest daughter, after 13 years of marriage, just had her 1st baby after her 2 sisters had their 4th babies each last year. If I could, I would give your folks and Joel’s folks big hugs…and cry tears of joy with them. I know! I really know how they are feeling! Congratulations and we’ll continue to pray this baby safely into your loving arms. God hath blessed you, indeed.

  99. Oh my! I don’t know if the tears in my eyes are from sadness at what you and Joel have endured or joy for where you are now! Sending all my best wishes for continued baby bliss.

  100. Anna says:

    Oh, how great is our God! I could see the love you have for your neices and nephews and now the love you have for your child. Gods blessings to you! Congradulations and thanks for sharing. I will pray for you and this miracle baby.

  101. Annette says:

    What WONDERFUL and exciting news! I pray that all continues to go well for you throughout this pregnancy. Thrilled to hear that you’ve got your creative groove back – how good that must feel! All that pent up creativity must have been very frustrating!! All the very best. Looking forward to seeing those baby quilts :)

  102. Pinkying says:

    a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing such a personal story… I have friends who have just been told that IVF is the only way that they are going to be able to conceive, and two other friends who have given birth after IVF…

    On the LOTR reference – I think that there is actually an odd cross over of quilters and movies/tv shows like that! “You shall not pass” gets a work out at our place! :)

    Congratulations to you and Joel both on this wonderful news!

  103. Tressa says:

    Oh congratulations! What a great gift for the new year.

  104. Linda says:

    CONGRATULATIONS MOM+DAD!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING!
    I AM PRAYING FOR YOU THREE ♥ ♥ ♥

  105. JoLynn Nilson from West Side of Straight says:

    I was crying by the time I got done reading your post. I’m so happy for you and Joel that a new little one will soon join you! Two years ago I made the Charming Trios baby collection for our youngest daughter and her miracle baby! It won’t be long and you’ll be so busy that you probably won’t have time for all your creations in quilting. God works in mysterious ways, congratulations!!!

  106. Patty B. says:

    What a blessing God has given you and your husband! I am so happy for the two of you and your extended family.
    Thank you for sharing with us. I had a feeling something was not right. I check your blog all the time and wasn’t seeing any updates for quite a while.
    You and baby will be in my prayers.

  107. VickiT says:

    Oh how wonderful. I kept reading being afraid to go to the next paragraph out of fear of what you’d say but surely, I thought, you wouldn’t have done all this typing for bad news so I kept reading. YAY! I’m SO excited for you. I’ll keep my fingers all crossed that you continue with the good news.
    Ok so? How long did you cry after you shared all this with us? I’m sure all those hormones you have right now let loose once you got this off your chest. I hope everything turns out just wonderful and you’ll be celebrating soon holding your little miracle.

    My mother went through a long period of them telling her she was never going to have children and back then they didn’t have all the wonderful things they can do now. She adopted my older brother, then adopted me. Then SURPRISE ….not too long after they got me she found out she was going to have her own miracle and then had my little brother. It’s great they can do so much now to help. I’m so happy for you.

  108. Claudia says:

    Big congrsats!!!! My husband and I have had a 6 1/2 year long journey to our little one. We have have done the whole 9 yards. With a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy. We did our first IVF in April 2010. I’m sitting here typing this holding my little mirical baby born on 12/26/2011 little miss amelia faith. So I know first hand how and just how hard your journey has been. All the pain and stuggles you have been through. I will start saying prayers for you and your little one. May you journey be as blessed and ours.

  109. Paula Stuplich says:

    The more I read the harder I cried. I am so very happy for you. Congrats to you and your husband.
    You go girl and make all the baby quilts you want! We will all be praying and awaiting for this/these precious bundle/s to arrive!

  110. Wanda Enevoldsen says:

    I heard this by two different people on the radio today so I would like to extend it to you, Heather, and Joel and your precious family. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. I’m so happy for both of you. I have enjoyed seeing your family members in your books and blog pictures and will be looking forward to seeing yours. Thank you for sharing and giving us an opportunity to keep you in prayer. Congratulations!

  111. Michelle Rodriguez says:

    Congrats! My husband and I have been on the infertility journey for 5 1/2 years and are taking a break from the journey after too many disappointments. It’s great to see something successful!

  112. Sally Ratliff says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    So happy for you & your miracle baby.

  113. Sue says:

    I, too, kept reading and the tears kept falling. How wonderful! Congratulations!

  114. Kris says:

    Oh my goodness, I am so very happy for you both! What a thrill!!! I can’t wait to hear more and more about your baby!!!

  115. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I am so happy for you!! Can’t wait to see what creative things you come up with for this little one. Congratulations!

  116. Johanna says:

    Wow! What a long road for you. Your lives will never be the same! (In a good way that is!) So nice to hear wonderful news.

  117. Carrie says:

    Congratulations! I work with a lady who has a story similar to yours. She and her husband finally adopted 2 babies, then wound up pregnant (after age 40!). A year later, she was pregnant again, for a total of 4 children. I wish you an uneventful next few months.

  118. wendysquilting says:

    Heather and Joel what wonderful news!! Get busy making those quilts :) Your creativity wasn’t down it was all being focused on one extremely important project!!

  119. Moneik says:

    Congrats Heather & Joel! We went through a similar experience, though not to your extreme, to have our daughter and I still consider her my miracle baby. After several years of trying I had given up. My energy level/creativity took a big drop, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m an older mother as well, since I wanted to have my education and career first. When I couldn’t get pregnant I started my masters degree to give me something to think about… now I can’t quit and am balancing it all, but I love my little girl and love being a mother. Thanks for sharing. I’m excited for your new little one!

  120. Adrienne B says:

    Wonderful ending to a familiar story! Congratulations! I so love to hear peoples (in)fertility stories especially when they have happy endings. We are IVF vets as well and just recently completed our family with the birth of twin girls. I have been pregnant eight times (in 10 years) and finally have my dream of four children fulfilled. Enjoy your pregnancy and remember your journey as it makes the midnight feedings much more bearable. :)

  121. Debi says:

    This is my first time to your blog, through Thelma’s Blog List. And what an incredible story. Tell the hubby the quilters love to hear the full story. So now…..congratulations that the journey has turned so positive. Happy for you!

  122. Shawn says:

    So happy for you, each child is a miracle!!

  123. Jeanne says:

    Congratulations, Healther and Joel! I was mesmerized reading this post and was hoping for a happy ending. So glad it has one.

  124. Denise Briggs says:

    Precious…yep, yep,yep…all your blog followers have said it well, so I can’t add anything more…. other than WHOO HOO!!!
    Best Wishes.

  125. Rachel Hayes says:

    Oh Heather, I am so happy for you and Joel. I’ve followed you for quite a while and to be honest, thought your “absence” had something to do with trying to have children – maybe because you were young and had such a large family with your nieces and nephews, and your obvious love for them. I too, did the clomid thing after several years of trying to conceive. My miracle baby is now a 26 year old responsible, mature young man. He has been the best blessing in my life! And thank you so much for being real to us, your readers, and now giving us the opportunity to pray for you and your new little one. Yes, I cried reading your post, and but added laughter when I read that you were pregnant!

  126. Pamela says:

    Congratulations! How exciting for you after your long journey! Thank you for sharing your story. When I visit certain blogs on a near-daily basis, I begin to feel like I know the person. It’s nice to learn more about you! Take care of yourself and happy sewing for the precious baby!

  127. Anne Simonot says:

    Wow! I have followed your blog for a while, and having a sister who dealt with fertility issues & ended up adopting 2 wonderful children (my niece & nephew), your story was very meaningful to me. I am so happy for you and your husband. And tell him that some quilters read and watch LOTR — your Gandalf story made me laugh out loud! Great visual image!!

  128. Susan says:

    Congratulations! I loved reading your story, and I’m thrilled that you are getting your miracle baby!

  129. Shelly Barker says:

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing and providing hope.

  130. I am so happy for you! I can’t even imagine how difficult the past couple of years must have been but I’m sure it will be worth it all when you hold that little cutie in your arms. (BTW the picture of Gandalf guarding your cervix made me laugh so loudly much the cat ran from the room.)

    Congratulations!!!

  131. Heather and Joel! You are an inspiration to the many, many women out there going on this same journey…. There is much to be said about sharing your story…makes it more personal to those of us that read your blog, and realize that you have the same battles and struggles in life that all of us have at one time or another…were are all human, and we all need to be reminded that …there is a PLAN FOR US, FOR OUR LIVES… we don’t always know what that is, and some times we are very reluctant to go through the “Wait and See” part of it… we are naturally an impatient bunch,,,are’nt we?? Ha! I am sure by you sharing with us out here what has been causing you so much turmoil, that you feel, already, so much better by putting it down on paper… and telling your story…(Oh! Thats Old School!) You know what I mean… putting it on the computer….LOL! I’m sure it has been a huge weight lifted off of you …just by sharing… I am so “Happy” for you both. Children are truly “Miracles” and “Gifts” from God!! Keep sharing and creating….we love it! Gods Blessings go out to you,Joel and the baby, along with our prayers for a Happy, Healthy New year…

  132. Thank you so much for deciding to “get personal”! Your story touched me in a way no “happy” post could possibly do, and I think that is supposed to be the point maybe. I love to read about quilts and making lovely things and meeting challenges, etc… But as I look back through all the blogs I’ve read, the ones that ring in my memory as touching me profoundly are the ones where the blogger shared her life and her heart in a very real, connective way. My favorite bloggers do both regularly and that is why I keep following them – to connect!

    And btw – I LOVED Gandalf!!! My mom and I mention him often when we are praying for our family and we tell the Lord we are standing with Him in the gap like Gandalf, saying “You shall not pass” to whatever is trying to attack our loved ones. Silly maybe, but it works for us. Sometimes that is what we need to deal with what life throws at us. I will be praying for you and Joel and the new little one!!! Congratulations!!!!

  133. Congratulations, Congratulations, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    First off, tell that husband of yours this quilter LOVES Lord of the Rings! HA! (I thought that was funny!) I am so happy for the both of you. Over the next year will be a special, happy time for you both!

    Thank you for sharing your story. I know how difficult it is to talk about something so sensitive and personal. My husband and I went through our own difficulties over 13 years ago. I can’t believe it has been that long! While our situation was slightly different from yours, it was a long road we traveled together. I can remember everyone having babies around me and that feeling of despair. God has blessed us with three wonderful, rambunctious boys and we couldn’t be happier! (BTW, watch out… my OB had told me once the flood gates open, look out! He wasn’t kidding, I had three boys in three years! AGH!)

    Again, thank you for sharing your story. This really made my night to read this! God bless!!!

  134. Oh and I can’t wait to see what you will do with the nursery!!!

  135. Bonnie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your personal story. Congratulations on your wonderful news! Can’t wait to see what you create while you wait for this baby to be born.

  136. Patti says:

    Heather, I had to wait until I stopped crying in order to send my most heartfelt congratulations to you and your husband. Truly, you are blessed. Your baby bump looks awesome!

  137. Cindi P. says:

    Congratulations to you and Joel!!! Thank you for sharing your story with us!!!

  138. Lori S says:

    Congrats, and many prayers as you continue this journey! I do have 7 grandchildren because of the miracles of God and modern medicine–congratulations.

  139. Sharon Dimberg says:

    Congratulations! Both of you will be awesome parents! You have shown in your photos with your nieces and nephews how much you love kids, and how much they love you.

    I will keep all of three of you in my prayers!

  140. Gale says:

    Congratulations to you both, and thank you for sharing, You inspire us. Gandalf the Grey was one of my favorite characters in the Lord of the Rings movies. Look forward to seeing the little one on one of your beautiful quilts.

  141. Erica says:

    Congratulations, such a beautiful post. I will keep your family in my prayers and wait excitedly for news.

  142. Patty D says:

    All the best! Wonderful news.

  143. Cindy says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I read it earlier today, and have thought about you and prayed for you and your little one. Had to come back and tell you. You both look so happy! Congratulations! I wish all the best for you in 2012!

  144. Megan Z. says:

    Hi Heather, Let me start by saying I am so, so happy for you, Joel and your entire family! I have followed your blog from day 1. I had just started to become interested in quilting when I read your article in American Patchwork and Quilting. Absolutely, hands-down you are my favorite blogger. The past year I was worried about you, because I just knew something was off. So, today when I started reading I was like “uh oh” but I was so relieved that there was a happy ending (I love those :) )! I hope that you continue blogging and I am excited to see your new (exciting) projects! Thank you for sharing your story and I will keep you and baby Peterson in my thoughts and prayers! Best wishes and CONGRATULATIONS!

  145. Gawquah says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…….Wow………………………Thank you for sharing and the very best wishes for a wonderful pregnancy and safe delivery!

  146. mariajhmom says:

    So glad I knew the end of the story before I started reading. You made me cry all over again, and that’s just fine. And that baby is a miracle!!! Thank you, God! Can’t wait to find out what color yarn to buy!!!

  147. Nancy Anne says:

    Oh, my, oh, my, oh, my! I’m wiping a tear away after reading your post, Heather. I’m keeping my fingers crossed hard as can be for that little mite. And look! Your creativity has come back! ;o)

  148. Deb C says:

    Well now! That was worth reading to the end. I almost didn’t want to finish reading it when things were sounding bleak. After years of unsuccessful attempts, my Aunt made arrangements to adopt a baby from a pregnant aquaitance who couldn’t afford to raise another child. While the woman was in her fourth month of pregnancy, my Aunt discovered that she too was suddenly pregnant. So she now has 2 daughters that were born 5 months apart. So you just never know. Even if there are no more babies on the horizon, I’m sure you will be overjoyed with one healthy child at any rate. My son was an only child for 12 years before his ‘irish twin’ sisters came along (14 months apart) and he and I are very close, especially since I thought he would be my only child.
    And I would have been absolutely fine with that too. Congratulations and please show us your upcoming baby quilts, and baby knits too. And that may lead to some new patterns — since you have all that new inspiration and all.

  149. Anne says:

    Congrats Heather and Joel! What a beautiful post. I can’t remember reading another one that made me have tears rolling down my cheeks. So sorry that you had to go thru so much pain, but then so happy for you for your new little bundle of joy to be! You guys deserve the best!

  150. Kristy says:

    Heather, I have been reading your blog for some time, and I am so thrilled you chose to share this part of your journey. I am overjoyed to read you are expecting….what a blessed baby. I can only imagine the quilts and knitted goodness this baby will be surrounded with. I do hope you continue to share your personal experiences on your blog along with your handmade creations. You will all be in my prayers.

  151. Eileen says:

    Congratulations! My prayers are with you!

  152. Kris Bair says:

    Oh CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’ve had friends go through similar stories, and I am overjoyed for you, Joel and your baby. Enjoy every minute of it and GOOD LUCK!!! I’ll be praying for you and yours
    Hugs,
    Kris

  153. Susan says:

    Congratulations, Heather – that is awesome news! I can’t wait to see the cute baby quilts that I’m sure you’ll be making!

  154. Donna S. says:

    Yea!!!! Congratulations to you & your husband. I pray things progress normally. That baby will be so lucky to have dedicated parents that love it so!!

  155. Deanna says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your journey & joy with us !

  156. Congratulations on your soon to be newest family member! Thank you for sharing your struggle, I hope that it’s all smooth sailing from here for you.

  157. shelley says:

    YOU SO DESERVE THIS!!!! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story. Tears of joy, miracle indeed, good for both of you and the strength you have. Blessings.

  158. Barbara says:

    An absolutely precious picture of you THREE!!!

  159. Ginger says:

    I totally started crying for you while I was reading this! Congratulations to you and your husband!

  160. Lori says:

    Congratulations, such exciting news.

  161. Jane says:

    Oh, congratulations!

  162. Julie Jacobsen says:

    Congratulations! You will be a great MOM! I too have missed your posts, photos and family stories and have thought of you many times. I look forward to being inspired by the Baby Quilts you will be making. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Babies are truly a miracle, enjoy your pregancy. God Bless. Julie

  163. AnnieO says:

    I did wonder but of course could never ask why you had no children. What a lot of pain, tears, frustration and emotions you have both been through (and your family that loves you) to reach this time of joyful expectancy. There is nothing that compares to being pregnant, feeling the baby move and knowing you are a mother. And so soon, you will be parents! Congratulations!

  164. Ruth B says:

    Wow…that story was a cliffhanger. I was afraid to keep reading because there might not be a happy ending. But there is a happy ending and all is right with the world!! Congratulations!! I am thrilled for you and finished reading your post with tears in my eyes. You realize those gorgeous sweaters you knitted won’t fit you anymore, right? Enjoy every minute of that baby kicking. Can’t wait to see the baby quilts you create. Life is good.

  165. Della says:

    Wow…..what an awesome post and so inspiring! Congratulations! My husband and I have struggled for 7 years with no luck. The emotional rollercoaster is overwhelming to say the least. It hurts the heart to hear all of the low percentages, low count follicles… yada yada yada. I feel that even though they want to give you the truth on a platter, it makes a person stress even more. May you be stress free the rest of your pregnancy and to say the least…..you have given me hope again. ;) Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your baby quilts and nursery pics!

  166. Peggi says:

    Oh my gosh, Heather. I have read and LOVED your blog for so long, and I’ve often wondered about this. I burst into tears when I got to “My blog is silent. I have nothing to say.” I just wanted to hug you. And then hug you some more!
    I’m so happy for you! Go sew up a storm, we’ll all be here, waiting patiently, hoping for glimpses of gorgeous baby quilts (and baby knits!) that will make us drool all over our keyboards and short them out.
    p.s. Tell Joel the LOTR reference was actually a bit of literary genius, it was entertaining and descriptive without being TMI. I adore LOTR and watch it often while I sew. There are so many LOTR quotes that have made it into our familial lexicon…. DH will do something (jokingly) to annoy me, and I’ll tell him to knock it off or I’ll put a maggot hole in his belly. The Teen is often told “you shall not pass…. until you unload the dishwasher”. Heh heh.

  167. marsha nelson says:

    I am so glad you shared your story. My daughter went through 5 to 6 years of disappointments. Every month she cried and felt like a failure with all of the emotional ups and downs. She finally had a little boy and we thought he would be an only child. She then had two little girls with no problem. I am so happy for you and your family and pray that all will go well. This little one will be blessed with so much creativity that you had better have some ideas and supplies when they are very young. Thanks so much.

  168. Zina says:

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing journey you have been on. I will pray for your continuing good health and the health of your baby. Really looking forward to seeing a picture of you with the Living Large 2 cover plastered all over your belly! It’s a wonderful feeling : )

  169. What wonderful news. Thank you so much for sharing your story…I am sitting here with tears on my face. I can vividly remember being told at 35 I was a “geriatric mother” but also have my miracle who is now 17. Enjoy every moment. Alison

  170. westcoastauntie says:

    I have read your blog for years, and could always feel the love you felt for your family and especially those little nieces and nephews. Which made me think there was some reason why there wasn’t a child in your own life. I would pray for you….not really knowing what was needed or what was happening in your life. Needless to say, I am THRILLED that you and Joel are going to have a little one of your own! Congratulations!!

  171. Joan says:

    Congratulations!

  172. Cindy says:

    Thanks for sharing Hether and Joel! Congrats! Can’t wait to see your baby quilts and especially that sweet baby! Best wishes!

  173. Heather,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
    Hugs to you and Joel.
    Linda

  174. Sarah Trinca says:

    Congratulations! Tears… Thank you for sharing your story.
    From Michigan
    Sarah

  175. Dawn Heese says:

    Congratulations! What a story you will have to share with your child.

  176. Debbie says:

    Congratulations Heather and Joel !!!!!!!! That’s wonderful news.

  177. Jenny says:

    im so glad i read the whole post. congratualtions! what wonderful news. my husband and i also had trouble getting pregnant, and 2 healthy kids later, we couldnt be happier…now im anxious to hear your birth stories!! some of my favorites stories are birth stories! they are all different and all wonderful. congratulations again!

  178. Linda P. says:

    I am moved to tears with joy also for you and Joel! This is going to be an incredible year and I so happy you shared it with us! I feel like we’ve become family too!!!
    Oh happy day!! Love, hugs, and prayers coming your way!! xo

  179. Kim says:

    I am so happy for you and Joel, my best wishes to both of you. You both radiate happiness in your picture with “baby to be”. I always thought it was so neat how both of you always had so much fun and love for your nieces and nephews and now you will be completing the family picture. Have fun making you baby quilt and keep us up on the progress.

  180. Brenda says:

    Congratulations on your Baby Bump! Wishing you a pregnancy full of joy and rest…lots of REST. Trust me, once that baby comes, you’re going to wish you had slept for the nine months (because it might be that long before you get another full night’s sleep after it’s over). LOL! Best Wishes! B

  181. Jocelyn says:

    Oh Heather, I just want to reach into this screen and give you a BIG hug!!! We did not have our first baby until we had been married for 7 years. And I was 29. I am so thrilled for you and Joel. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I always love seeing your family gatherings. And this year will be extra special for you both. Blessings to the three of you!

  182. Carol says:

    Congratulations to you and your family…what a true blessing! I am so excited for you…tears of joy!

  183. Jane Eilderts says:

    I am so happy for both you and Joel!!! I was 34 and 36 when I had my daughters. They are both now in college and we are so thankful for them – although we didn’t have to do through anything you did. My heart is smiling for you and your soon-to-be new little family!! HUGS! Jane

  184. Wendy Paull says:

    So happy for you! I too have been through the misery of IVF and after 2 attempts I called it quits.

    What a wonderful thing for you and Joel! Congratulations, and I will be cheering you on through the rest of the pregnancy and into parenthood!

  185. Cheryl says:

    Congratulations to you and Joel! Looking forward to hearing many more stories as you now begin this new chapter in your life!

  186. Dana says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you both! What an exciting journey you have ahead of you. Your life will be forever changed in so many great ways! :)

  187. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    Congratulations! This little miracle will be so loved and adored!

  188. Jan says:

    Well Praise the Lord!! Thank you SO much for your story. I know that must have been hard, but I am so sure it will help someone. (tell Joel we totally get your Gandalf scenario~LOL, and You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorites~so I remember the scene well) Even though I don’t know you and you don’t know me, I feel I do know a little of you through your blog and your creations. I was definitely sensing something was wrong up your way. I even THOUGHT in my head it was about babies and I ALMOST even asked you a couple of times, but God held me back. I am SO SO happy for you and Joel! Get busy on those quilts~can’t wait to see them and the room you decorate for the joy bundle!

  189. PJ says:

    So, so HAPPY for you and your husband. My son and daughter in law have been going through the same thing and are now at 14 weeks! They are just beginning to feel a thread of happiness and perhaps will tell everyone soon. Dad and I are the only ones who know. We wish you every blessing.

  190. Jeanne S. says:

    Congratulations! I had tears in my eyes as I read of your struggle and I’m sure I will have tears of joy when you post a picture of the new baby!

  191. Denise says:

    Your story has made my day. So happy for you and Joel. Will be thinking of you in my prayers.

  192. pam says:

    So happy for you two. It will be a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  193. Sally K says:

    Congratulations! Best wishes for now and many years to come!

  194. Judy W says:

    Heather (and Joel) – Congratulations on the wonderful news. Yes, every child is a miracle and yours no doubt is a double – miracle! My miracle babies (twins) came along after a lot of medical intervention (I was older than you are) so I can relate to all the stress. Now, they are seniors in high school and receiving their college acceptances and getting ready to ‘leave home’ . It just flew by — get ready for the big blurr! Take lots of photos (if you have the time!) and enjoy! Judy W

  195. Kay Mc says:

    Heather & Joel congratulations. I will keep up the prayers for you & your miracle baby. I am so excited for you & anxious to see those baby quilts.

  196. KL says:

    Congratulations! I hope to be making my own baby quilt or two this year. I’m 43 and hubby and I have been married for 15 years with no success of our own. We went the frozen embryo route from the start (using donor embryos) but this has taken us a bit over two years. Hopefully, I will be implanted next week (still keeping my fingers crossed that my ultrasound tomorrow goes the way it is supposed to – I’ve been talking about my process on my blog).

    LOVE your Gandalf reference…and you can tell your husband there is at least one quilter that watches Lord of the Rings. =D

    I will be keeping you, your pregnancy, and your family in my thoughts and prayers. {{HUGS}}

  197. Amy says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you. I went through a similar journey to get our miracle, a boy. We were married 10 years when he was born.

  198. Margie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey. This brought me to tears. Praise God! He is the God of miracles and He has a perfect plan for you, Joel and that precious baby. I WILL be praying for you here in California.

  199. Carrie says:

    Gee, thanks. I’m sitting here bawling. :)

    But I am so happy for you and Joel. Like so many others, I will keep the three of you in my prayers. And I look forward to the day when the gorgeous pictures of the little people in your family include your little one. (Here’s hoping he/she has Joel’s eyelashes.)

    Take good care. Really.

  200. Mary says:

    Congratulations! I have been there! I didn’t even get married until I was in my mid 40s. My husband and I decided to try (if you don’t try what do you have?). Adoption sounded good until we found out it would be easier to clone a child then adopt. We were too old, too poor, too everything. I live in a small town and there was no one to talk to about the ups/downs experiences you are living thru. Thankfully I was able to go to a clinic that was supportive while being realistic. The numbers didn’t work in our favor. Clomid, injections, surgery, yada, yada, I gave birth to twin girls almost one year ago at age 48!! I did everything the doctor ordered and chose to have a c-section (don’t look at the stats for twin births) Our girls were full term and perfect in every way. They still are. I get to sew and create between 5 and 8 am on Fridays and Saturday mornings and it is SO WORTH IT!!!!! What do I say to the people who mistake us for the grandparents? (“you are brave to take out two grandkiddies”). I just smile and tell them we are brave! They don’t need to know anything else!! :)
    I hope for you the joy we have.

    • Denice says:

      Love your story! My mother had her last baby at 38 and was once called the Grandma also (we were shopping for my sister’s wedding dress when he was like 2 1/2 years old). My sister & I just laughed & laughed.

  201. Shannon says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over 4 years now. We did try some of the fertility treatment options but the ones we could afford did not work for us. We have what the doctor calls “unexplained infertility” so I continue to pray for a miracle! However, we are now at a place of exploring adoption. We’re just trying to seek the Lord and what His will is. I still desire to be pregnant myself, but most of all I want us to be parents! I, myself, used to hate talking about our situation with others but I’m learning that there is a reason we’re going through this. I hope that my willingness to share will be able to encourage someone the way your story has encouraged me. Thank you!!!

  202. Irma M. says:

    I, too, was in tears for what you had to go through, then “HAPPY” tears. You will make such a wonderful mother, because I can tell how much you love the nieces and nephews. And isn’t it great to share the good times and bad times and know how many people are thinking of you and praying for you. Congratulations to both of you.

  203. Barb Colvin says:

    Praise God!! Tearing up for all your joy–Congratulations!

  204. Heid Brenum says:

    WOW what a deep blog!! I always woundered why no kids but never wanted to ask. So happy for you!!! I get the LOTR quote, we also watched the movies. best wishes to you & Joel. Get your sleep now!! My prayers will be with you both.
    Heidi

  205. Sara says:

    I’m so happy for you, Heather! You probably don’t believe this now, but the whole not much blogging thing will be a reality from here on out! We will miss the energy you are able to devote to your art and this blog, but know that it is being spent on a wonderful blessing! Wishing you the best in this New Year!

  206. Sandie Hayes says:

    God bless you and your family

  207. Karin says:

    So very happy and excited for you all. Congratulations!! Treat yourself to a hearty second breakfast

  208. Marcyne Efraimson says:

    I don’t even “know” you and I’m crying. I am so happy for you. May God Bless you and yours. Congratulations!

  209. Ruth says:

    Heather,
    So happy for you and your husband and family. I jsut had a baby girl in October and I can’t wait for you to experience that joy. Enjoy it – you deserve it.

  210. Kathy says:

    Congratulations and God bless your family with much good health and happiness.

  211. Jolyn Olson says:

    Tears come as I write this…so happy for you and will pray for a healthy happy baby! And you can never make too many baby quilts!!

  212. Kari says:

    I am so happy for you and Joel. Your post has brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Enjoy your pregnancy and I hope everything continues to go smoothly for you and the baby. (And Joel, well, he can start practicing those foot massages! LOL!) I can relate to some of the stress you had, although I cannot imagine how much strength it required from both of you to keep going year after year and after so many procedures. I was lucky enough to have success earlier in the medical intervention route and have a beautiful, healthy daughter. As I’m writing this, I’m waiting for my darned period to start (late again!) so I can start an IUI cycle with clomid, my first since losing a pregnancy and one of my fallopian tubes in September. I’m so glad you talked about your struggles on the blog.

  213. Sondra says:

    Oh Heather. What a journey this has been for you and Joel. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us (and just so you know, most of us like the personal stuff on these here blogs, but it’s always up to you). I had noticed your blog was much quieter this year than it had been in the past, and I missed your words. I am so glad that the joy has come back and I wish you and Joel all the happiness in the world! CONGRATULATIONS to you both!!! I’ll be praying for you through the rest of this journey. And I can’t wait to see those baby quilts! Congrats and love!!!

  214. Emilee says:

    Congratulations, I’m So happy for you! Nothing is sweeter than a brand new baby.

  215. Teresa Silva says:

    Oh my gosh, your story really got to me. My Husband and I had a difficult time having children too and it was so hard to watch everyone around me having kids. I know exactly how you feel. I’m so thrilled this miracle has finally happened to you. You and your husband will be wonderful parents.

  216. MerryK says:

    Heather, I have followed your blog for a couple of years and would always check for your updates that were usually posted on Friday. I noticed they were scarce thru this year and felt something must be going on so I have been praying for you. It’s so exciting to see this answer to many people’s prayers! God bless and enjoy the coming months – the excitement is just beginning. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news.

  217. Sally Bell says:

    Heather, I am so absolutely thrilled by your news! I have tears in my eyes after I read the post. You and your husband are so fortunate and so is the baby to have such wonderful parents. I, too, went through similar things 27 years ago! We adopted both our children (one is 27 and the other 25 now!) at birth. What a thrill that was. I wouldn’t change a thing. I am praying for you and your family and wish you all the very, very best. Will certainly keep up with your posts to see how things are going and to get to see that little babe! ~Sally Bell

  218. Maree says:

    Congratulations Heather & Joel…Thank You for sharing your Journey You have been through so much to get to where you are now…
    Enjoy Your Pregnancy..
    cheers

  219. Tammy says:

    Congratulations – I am so thrilled for you and you two will be wonderful parents. What a journey you have been on and I’m so glad that it culminated in good news. Enjoy this time and preparing for the precious little one who is coming!!

  220. Leslie L says:

    Congratulations! So exciting. Don’t worry, we “older” moms do just fine. Thank you for sharing your story. Have fun making those baby quilts and don’t forget to show pictures!

  221. Karen says:

    Congratulations to both of you. Thank you for sharing your story, I need a box of kleenex. I will be keeping you in my prayers. Be sure to keep us updated on this “little miracle”

  222. Brenda says:

    Congratulations! Such wonderful news. So happy for you both! Have fun making those quilts!

  223. Peggy says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. May God Bless you with a healthy and happy little one. God is Good.

  224. Ann says:

    Congratulations! Wasn’t just sure where the blog post was headed… Glad it finished with such exciting news! Your time for blogging will change, but this time for a good reason! You have been missed and I look forward to the joy and creativity to come your way! Be gentle to yourself. Looking forward to seeing all of the baby quilts! Wishing you all the best!!!

  225. Vic says:

    Heather and Joel, congratulations and God hold you through the next 22 weeks and beyond. I am a faithful reader, I sometimes think we are friends, best friends. I began to notice less and less Heather over the past year or so, AND seeing all the posts about kids and the lake and skating and skiing, and birthday parties and such … but no little Joel or Heather baby … I began to pray and pray. If a child was what your heart desired, my hope was that that would be gifted to you both. I for one hope you always know that we want to hear it all … “we’re friends!”
    Hugs and prayers,
    Vic

  226. Cassandra says:

    I’m so happy for you!!

  227. Lynne Lugo says:

    Oh Heather–Thank you for sharing–I am so touched by your story. God is loving and faithful, and I am anxious to see the ‘fruit’ of your labor. I will keep you and Joel and this new little one in my prayers.

    Lynne
    Psalm139

  228. Cory says:

    Congratulations Joel and Heather. This is very exciting news. Take care and God bless, Cory

  229. Ellen Hammond says:

    Oh Heather…I am writing this with tears streaming…thank you so much for sharing your heart. I will be praying for you and Joel and this little one that you have been waiting for…you are in for a wonderful adventure!

  230. Praise be to God for his goodness! I am rejoicing with you at this wonderful news. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I will continue to pray for you and Joel and this new little edition. Your life is about to change more than you can realize now, and you will never be the same. You’ll forever be “a Mother!”

  231. Heather & Joel-We are all so happy for you! Congratulations! We’ll see you and your baby bump at Market!

  232. El says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story – and I am so happy for you and your husband! Praying that all will go well with you and the little one, and I can’t wait to see what you will be making! When you have time and aren’t overwhelmed we would love some tips about machine quilting.
    El

  233. Kimberly Dow says:

    Congratulations to you both! I’m so happy for you and glad your wishes finally came true!

  234. Wendy Bain says:

    Yea! The Christmas quilt kit winner Stephani is my sister, who got me started sewing when I was 8. I got her hooked on quilting a few years ago. And congratulations to you and your husband, Heather! Here’s to healthy baby (ies)!

  235. Connie says:

    I love your story. Congratulations to you both.

  236. Kami says:

    I am so excited and happy for you! I was so thrilled when I read your post! Thank you for telling us your inspiring story!
    (Can’t wait to see the gorgeous baby quilts, too! :o)
    Kami

  237. Di says:

    congratualations! your fabric’s make lovely baby quits- finally finished using one of Amy Smart’s moda bakehouse quilts with your lovely mix of whimsy colour option- and it’s going to a little boy born yesterday. I hope that the rest of your pregnancy goes well and that you both are able to enjoy the ride from here

  238. A Betty says:

    Praying for the safe and joyous arrival of little miracle baby. Congratulations.

  239. Shelly says:

    As I wipe the tears from my face I want you both to know that I couldnt be prouder of you…And I cant wait to be an aunt…again.
    Shelly

  240. Wow! What a journey you had to go through. Congratulations and may your baby be super healthy. I can’t wait to see the nursery and what quilts you will be making for this long awaited child.

  241. Sarah says:

    Congratulations! What a heart wrenching, energy sapping, soul stripping year for you 2011 was. Blessings for you and Joel in 2012. I loved reading the story, and agree it usually is nice to keep things happy, but when you’re ready you can be personal. I wish you all the best, and as a mother of three can I just warn you that the hard work has only just begun? But it’s so joyous!

  242. Kristin says:

    Congratulations! I cried reading this, but mostly it was a cry of joy. My prays are with you for a wonderful next few months.

  243. Oh, I am so happy for you! My best wishes to you!

  244. Dee says:

    Blessings – I will be sharing this with my daughter, while praying for a happy outcome for her as well. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

  245. SueV says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful blessing. Thank you for sharing. Happy thoughts & prayers for all of you!!

  246. L. Rudd says:

    Sending you best wishes and hugs from Idaho and a big congratulations!
    You are so brave to keep trying, that is one blessed baby.

  247. Heather! So, so happy for you and Joel!!! Congratulations!
    Bonnie

  248. Julie says:

    Oh my gosh, I wasn’t sure I’d ever meet a quilter who loves LOTR like I do ;D TOTALLY get it and have similar issues. Plus, nobody has seen my cervix since 2001, when the last baby passed through it. I think it moved to Texas. Too bad it didn’t take PMS with it. *sigh*

    But in bigger news, SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Huge congratulations! Night-time sleep, free time, and good personal hygiene are over-rated, anyway ;oP (JK!)

    Julie

  249. Cathie Lanier says:

    Congratulations, Heather and Joel! You really have been leading a double life. So sorry that you have had to go through all that, but glad that you kept trying. You both will be absolutely wonderful parents. I wish you the best of luck!

  250. Linda says:

    I am so happy for you—to see the joy on your faces is so special–God Bless….sometimes miracles really do happen….

  251. sandi says:

    I’m so happy and thrilled for you two. I always wondered why the big beautiful house never had any little ones running around. We dont always get to plan our lives as we would want. Hope all goes well for you. THanks for sharing your happy news. Sandi Olson

  252. Bonnie Novak says:

    I feel I need to say congratulations but I dont think that is enough after what you have been through. I wish you and your husband all the happiness in the world. I am wishing for a little girl though, I can see you teaching her so she can carry on the family tradition. Best of luck and most definitely CONGRATULATIONS!!

  253. Tora Consolo says:

    What a beautiful post. Congratulations and best wishes for a safe and healthy pregnancy!

  254. Jennifer says:

    What wonderful news for you, Joel, and your family. I wish you a healthy remainder of your pregnancy and a lovelym healthy baby. Thank you for being so personal!

  255. Mary Lou says:

    So very happy for you – I have followed your blog for several years and had wondered this year, could tell something was different. My heart goes out to you and Joel for what you have gone through but am so thrilled with your joyful news!! Wishing you all a joyful, blessed 2012 as you await the arrival of your precious baby. And can’t wait to see the baby quilts!!

  256. Vivian says:

    Sending you and Joel congratulations, blessings and best wishes! You were always so involved with your nieces and nephews that I know you will be great with your own and will have a ton of family support as you transition from being a couple to being parents. Expect to only have to make baby quilts because I’ll bet your relatives are dying to pack up their baby clothes pass-alongs and send them your way!

    You are now a charter member of the AMA club (Advanced Maternal Age — that’s what they called it when I had my kids)!

  257. Connie Strom says:

    Congratulations Heather and Joel!!! How blessed you both must feel!! Sending prayers up for a happy & healthy baby!! Looking forward to seeing pictures and also new baby designs!!

  258. Robin Chapa says:

    Ok, so…. I’m crying :) I have friends that have been through this/are going through this, and every person that shares their story shares hope. I am so grateful you wrote this and I’m wishing you every joy and a ton of congratulations!!!!!! Can’t wait to make one of them a baby quilt from one of your baby quilt patterns which I’m sure will be coming– can’t wait!

  259. Carla says:

    My eyes filled with tears my dear. Blessings on you and yours. Hugs,

  260. Lyn says:

    Congratulations. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I’m sure it will encourage and inspire other women facing the same challenges. Blessings to you and your husband. By the way, I will really look forward to seeing your beautiful baby creations – both knitting and quilting.

  261. carrie andrew says:

    I feel for you and know the struggles. Will be praying for you and your family. Remember that family comes first and have fun sewing the baby quilts. Best wishes. Carrie

  262. Sandra Davidson says:

    Oh Heather what a journey but one that will be well worth it in the end. My daughter had a baby at 40 years so 35 isn’t too old.
    I will be praying for you and your miracle baby and your husband that the rest of the journey will be a happy one. Love and blessings Sandra

  263. Pat says:

    You and Joel look so happy in that picture and I can see the little bump. Will keep you in my prayers and I too cannot wait to see the baby quilts such a fantastic artist will create. I hope you will publish a book of baby quilts, so we can all share in your joy.

  264. Martha says:

    Congratulations my friend , my the God Lord continued blessing you and your baby.

    Martha

  265. Terri Sladovnik says:

    I’ll keep your family in my prayers.

  266. Kim G says:

    I have always loved to read your blog and read about your quilting projects, but also the stories regarding family. You always wrote with such love for your nieces and nephews, I am so glad that you will now be having your own little one. This will be a miracle baby for you and your husband and I pray that the rest of your pregnancy is a smooth one.

  267. Bonnie Nyquist says:

    Oh, I happened upon your blog while checking out your patterns,and oh goodness,a new baby coming!!! I appreciate you telling what you two have gone through to get where you are now, I am totally thrilled for you and Joel!!!! And yes,baby quilts!! Wonderful story, blessings to your entire family. Please keep us updated! So happy for you .And you knit beautifully too…

  268. Rene' Sharp says:

    Heather, I was so so moved by your post!! When I contacted you over at Ravelry, I knew something must have been up!! My heart was in my throat reading your words, I was so so nervous to get to the end, worried that you had lost your baby. I was overjoyed to find that the pregnancy was still viable, and that your are still expecting your miracle baby. You have years and years ahead of you to feel creative, craft, knit, quilt etc, now is the time for you to concentrate on you, your hubby and your pregnancy. You are in my thoughts and prayers, I will continue to check out your blog, and your progress. Love and smiles, Rene’

  269. Denice says:

    Cannot wait to see that baby and baby quilt. We purchsed some of your fabric designs from the quilt shop in Bird Island this summer. The gals at the shop said you didn’t live too far away. I’m so excited about your baby. Children are such a blessing (at any age as mine are now 26 & 24). I’m waiting for grandchildren now so i can start sewing baby quilts also.

  270. Colleen M. says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story…that’s what a blog is for! You are among friends!
    You are in my prayers!

  271. pam says:

    Congratulations!!!! You are going to have so much fun decorating a baby’s room and making all those quilts! pam

  272. Carmen in Canada says:

    What a lucky baby – to be so loved and so anticipated. Reading your story makes me want to run and hug my little ones. Thanks for taking the risk to be personal – I admire and respect you so much. I will be praying for you 3! All the best….

  273. Gloria J W says:

    Congratulations to you both….thank you for sharing with the rest of, we readers. Sometimes it’s hard to know what others will think, but only good vibes should go your way. How hard it is to go on sometimes when others don’t know your worries and fears. This way, we all know if you don’t write for a while, everything should be OK and you are just having time,,,enjoying your baby bump and pondering your future baby’s life. Have fun decorating your little one’s nursery
    Cheers Gloria

  274. Kathie L says:

    Congratulations. I can imagine that you’ll now be showing us wonderful knitting projects for babies and young kids. I look forward to hearing about your expanded family. Best wishes, Kathie L in Allentown

  275. Deb Wolff says:

    Heather: I met you at Lake Beauty Bible Camp March 2011. I have to tell you that when I met you that as lovely and friendly as you were that I felt that were carrying some sort of burden. I have to tell you that you got me to praying that whatever it was, that it would pass and things would be ok for you.
    Our Lord works in such mysterious ways.
    Amazing to come read your blog and see the news! I am so so happy for you. So I hope this means that you will share pictures with us at the March, 2012 retreat!
    We love you Heather!
    Deb W.

  276. Camille says:

    Good heavens Heather, did you have to make me cry through the whole darn post?

    So very happy for you, my friend. This is one lucky baby to have such amazing, wonderful, loving parents. I cannot WAIT to meet him/her!

    Congratulations! Such a happy, happy day! Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!

  277. Bobbie Whittington says:

    Heather and Joel, Congratulations to you both. God Bless the 3 of you.

    Bobbie

  278. May the next 5 months be smooth sailing and may all that you and Joel can dream be yours.. What a journey you have taken… Sending you positive thoughts and best wishes,
    Anna

  279. A sincere congratulations to you. Don’t you look great? :) I have a very dear friend who tried very hard to have a baby for years, and year, and years….and she too finally had that success. She says she now feels even more blessed by her girls (yes, twins). I cannot imagine what you went through. I do know from her experience it is hard on you, hard on a marriage, hard on a family. May you continue to have a joyous and healthy pregnancy. I have a feeling 2012 is going to treat you better. Blessings to you both.

  280. Auntie Pami says:

    Congratulations!

  281. Melissa D says:

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story… All the best to you and your husband and your new little one. :)

  282. Wendy says:

    When my daughter lost 2 babies to miscarriages, though saddened, my thoughts were, “if God has a baby for you, you will have a baby, no matter what statistics or doctors or negative thinkers will say.”
    Congratulations to you both! Wishing you all the best of what God has in store for you and your family.

  283. Stephanie says:

    Heather, Congrats on your pregnancy. I know what you went through, I lived through this with my daughter. You do have a miracle baby, my daughter has three! :) I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well and can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or girl! I will be praying for you and Joel for a safe journey the rest of the way! God’s speed, that little bundle will be here before you know it!

  284. Melissa says:

    Congrats to you and Joel, cannot wait to see your nursery as the time nears. You are around the same number of weeks as my twin sister. Will be thinking of you! Hmmm a baby quilt book in your future?

  285. Helen says:

    Heather first of all thanks for sharing, now many including myself will be praying for all of you. As I started to read it, I thought oh my gosh, my DIL went through this I know what she is telling us.
    I will not say things in life are always easy, but that boy born 14 years ago is tall and strong. I took him on a trip to Europe last year, I am so proud of him, but also for his mother who endured so much to have him. No one has a clue until they have walked in your shoes. Stay strong, and remember God is good.

  286. Super congratulations!!! I know first hand the miracle of a baby after IVF, the painful long journey through treatment, and the spectacular sweet little one headed your way in a couple months that will change EVERYTHING! Sew fast now, there won’t be much time for it later! :) Congratulations again!

  287. Lorraine says:

    Congratulations, Heather! I, too, had trouble getting pregnant 20 years ago. I can relate to your comment that everyone around you was pregnant, but eventually (after finding a benign pituitary tumor, became a mother of two. So excited for you!

    Lorraine in Grand Forks

  288. glenda says:

    Heather and Joel,
    I am so excited for you! What a journey you’ve been through. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

  289. Debi says:

    Congratulations! I am so happy and excited for you!! I am sad that you had to go through this journey, you know we are all there for you! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  290. Judy says:

    I was in your shoes 30 years ago. Everywhere I looked I saw someone with or about to have a baby. Medical science had no help at that time, but God did. We adopted a 6 week old boy and later a 4 week old girl. God is good; all the time.

  291. Deb says:

    Thank you for sharing your baby story. Congratulations and Best Wishes on your new little quilter.

  292. Jennifer H says:

    I commented on Camille’s blog the other day and her response led me to your blog post. I too am in the midst of similar struggles. I guess you could still call me a newlywed……we’ve only been married for 3 and a half years. (First marriage for both.) Obviously I had “career” before “family” and now the “family” thing is getting harder and harder for us. If 35 is over the hill, 37 is that much worse! Luckly we have been pregnant twice in the last year. Unfortunately, both ended in miscarriages (8w and 10w, respectively). I have now begun working with a specialist at the institute that had the first IVF baby birth in the US. (I’m so lucky!) I’m also going for an acupuncture consult this Friday since I have heard that this helps.

    I’m very inspired by your story. It is just another remider that miracles do happen. I’m trying to keep the faith!

    Thank you for sharing!!

  293. Rita says:

    Congratulations Heather and Joel!!!!!
    After 4 miscarriages I finally got my two boys who are my greatest joy! Your sorrow is rewarded with great joy. Enjoy every minute of your pregnancy. There is nothing like having a child after a long struggle. It really puts perspective on life. Love your new line!

  294. amandajean says:

    a big congratulations to you and Joel! so very happy for you guys! have fun making those baby quilts! woohoo!!

  295. Jill Finley says:

    Heather,
    I am so delighted for you! I can tell you that children truly are the real joy in life. It just makes the world go ’round! And I think you are wrong about not being creative. Your new line is just beautiful! Congratulations!!!!

  296. Teresa C says:

    I am not a frequent commenter, not even a frequent blog reader (it waxes and wanes with me), but I had read your post and have been thinking of you. It’s been a while since you posted, I’m hoping everything is okay and am sending positive prayers and vibes in your direction (wherever that may be…).

    Be well.

  297. Eileen (emsres on Ravelry) says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy and surviving the whole infertility life-suck. Only those who have been through it can truly understand how it takes over every aspect of your life. Wishing you a wonderful pregnancy—enjoy every minute!!

  298. Vickie E says:

    How absolutely wonderful….

  299. Kate says:

    Im a little late to the party, but congratulations! All the best for the rest of your journey.

  300. Britt says:

    Such wonderful news! And I know that’s a VAST understatement because I’ve been there too. Only my first try at IVF ended with 1, just 1 viable fertilized egg. Today that egg is my 13 year old miracle boy. All through that LONG wait to hear if I was pregnant I said “it only takes one” and thankfully I was right. Enjoy motherhood and your precious baby- the hard road to getting there just makes the rest of the journey sweeter.

  301. Kristen says:

    Where have I been? I realized I missed something and had to come back to this post. My miracle boy will be turning 12 this August and he has been such a blessing. We lost a baby and after the hurt of that decided we weren’t going to have any, well, God had another plan for us…it took 6 months of flat on my back bedrest, but I will tell you he was one celebrated baby when he got here and he still is! Your little one will know more love than 10 children..Congratulations, I’m so very happy and excited for you!

  302. Linda Chally says:

    I haven’t kept up at all but what an adventure. Almost 40 yrs ago I couldn’t get pregnant. We adopted and got pregnant… What joy! But now my daughter is struggling and ready to give up. Heartbreak and disappointment for all involved. I know you will love that beautiful little boy and recognize him for the miracle that he and every baby is! Warmest congrats!

  303. Quilt Writer says:

    Although this is an older blog, and my comment may be a little late, I just wanted to tell you thank you for risking sharing that part of your life. We all have our struggles; they are what make us stronger. When we share our vulnerability, we give others the opportunity to grow with us and bond. By the way, I loved the Lord of the Rings reference – Sorry, Joel.
    Your creativity is amazing – both your quilts and your baby!

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