Tomorrow is our little girls’ birthday! It’s hard to believe that four years ago, we were waiting and praying for them, and wondering what they would look like and what kind of parents we would be. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember much at all about that first year and a half. People always told me that they grow up so fast, but after thinking about it, I realized that it was never brand-new moms or moms of toddlers who told me that.

Our little girls have an extra special story that I would like to share with you all in honor of their birthdays.

We found out we were expecting. Yay! Shocked! Scared! All of the above. (smile) We quickly started dreaming and planning and getting ready for all the immediate changes that parenthood would bring. (or so we thought!) They did our ultrasound at 17 weeks, and revealed that, SUPRISE!, we were having twins!! Our whole family was ecstatic! Our incredible joy was short-lived however, when they referred us to a specialist who proceeded to run more tests and do additional ultrasounds. The doctor and technicians kept looking at each other and speaking in whispers and pointing to the images on the screen. My husband and I were brought into a room and told that there was a huge difference in the sizes of the babies. One didn’t have enough fluid, had water on the brain, not enough room for the heart, along with other issues involving blood flow through the umbilical cord. We were told that they had witnessed this same scenario many times, and the outcome was never good. Three options were presented to us that morning; abort one and hope that the other would survive, abort both and just start over, or fly to some large city and have my placenta divided by laser in hopes that the larger baby might make it. We just sat there, stunned, not knowing how in the world we could make that kind of decision right there on the spot. We did not have the finances to afford the extreme medical procedure, and we also knew that abortion wasn’t an option for us. We asked the doctor if we could just wait. She blinked a few times, then said, “Oh, ok. Sure, you can do that too.”

The days that followed were some of the most heart-wrenching and emotional that I have ever faced. To wonder if you will end up with one of your babies, or both, or none at all. And then, there was the possibility that if, by some miracle they both survived, would they be healthy? My husband and I cried out to the Lord like we never had before. We only told a few people of our situation, because we wanted to protect ourselves from as much negativity as possible. Jamie and I both decided what we were going to do: wait on God. We both felt that God had given us these little girls as a gift, and that He would take care of them and us, no matter what. We surrounded ourselves with friends and family who stood with us in believing for the lives of our daughters. We gave our girls names and started calling forth the mighty, awesome women of God that they would one day become.

We continued our doctor’s visits; weekly, twice a week, each time hearing the doctor say, with some amazement, that she was shocked to see that things had not gotten worse. We gave all the credit to our faithful God, and the team of men and women praying for us. The best visits were the ones where we were told that although they weren’t sure how, the fluid levels had actually increased in the sac that was lacking. And all of the problems that we were told one of the babies had, they just kept slowly disappearing.

The doctor had said that if we just could get to 27 or 28 weeks, she would be really happy. They admitted me to the hospital at 28 weeks, and we made it to 32! Our little girls were born at 8:34 and 8:35am, weighing 2.3lbs, and 3.5lbs. We spent 9 weeks at the hospital after they were born, and then brought home two perfectly healthy (although colicky) baby girls. Our little Eva and Ellie. Two, living, miracles.

Our Two Little Miracles | Twin Tough
The girls were over 1 month old here.
Motherhood has been, without a doubt, the biggest challenge that I have ever faced. The before, during, after…it’s all been pretty intense. But, I am always reminded whenever I look at my girls, how faithful God had been to us, and what a special purpose He must have for our daughters. I am more grateful to my God than words could ever express, and I feel so humbled that He would choose us to be their parents.
I want to give honor and glory to my Heavenly Father for bringing our girls this far. For giving them life when it seemed that there was no hope. For giving Jamie and I the faith to believe that God is still alive and well, and moving in the lives of His children. For family and friends who refused to give up, and who joined with us in the fight for our children’s lives. For blessing us with two of the most beautiful, most joyful, most loved little girls ever. We are forever grateful. Happy Birthday, Eva and Ellie!!
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20 Responses to Our Two Little Miracles

  1. What a powerful testimony of how faithful God is. Thank you for the encouragement. Happy birthday to your healthy, beautiful girls :). (Stopping by from Friday Favorite Things).

  2. Wow I had truly forgotten how scary things were for them so early on! Praise to God for his wonderful protection and plan!

  3. Amy says:

    Oh my! Those are two of the cutest girls I have ever seen! And what a great testament to the God we serve! Motherhood is incredibly hard, but I’ve found it can be so rewarding, too!
    Happy birthday to your girls!

  4. mtnmom says:

    What a blessing this story is. Everytime I see your girls, it takes me back to those fun days. It just keeps getting sweeter with every year.

  5. Such a precious miracle! Beautiful girls, enjoy every moment!

  6. Oh Rachel, I love this. God IS so faithful–you have two gorgeous little blessings as a reminder!

  7. Rachel says:

    Praise God! What a wonderful wonderful story! Thanks for sharing.
    I hope they had a wonderful birthday!

  8. They are adorable! I have twin sons and always feel such a bond with other mothers of twins. Thanks for sharing your story!

  9. Love how faithful God is and love you for being so resilient when it comes to faith. Congratulations mom, dad and daughters!!!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this today. God knew my waiting heart needed it, as we too wait to see what story our Father is writing for our littlest one this time. (And Happy Birthday to the girls!)

  11. What a great story Rachel!! You are a family blessed by God..Love you!!

  12. Rachel says:

    Thank you all for the wonderful encouragement and the sweet birthday wishes for our little ones! I am blessed even more by knowing all of you! Have a wonderful week!

  13. Anushruti says:

    Beautiful story of faith, love and belief! Happy birthday and best wishes to your lovely daughters.

  14. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much, Anushruti. We are very grateful that they are ours, and that they are happy and healthy! Have a great week!

  15. Kirsten RAy says:

    Rachel, that is such a sweet story! They are both such beautiful little girls. Your faith is inspiring. God bless you, Jaime, and your girls.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you, Kirsten! We are just really grateful and thankful for God’s faithfulness! It’s so hard to believe that they are six years old already!! It really does fly by. Hope you are doing well. Have a blessed week!

  16. Ashlee Plemmons says:

    I remember that time very well, I never prayed so hard in my life for you guys, But like you said our God is bigger and he has purpose for my beautiful nieces love you guys Happy bday girls

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you, Ashlee! It’s hard to believe that they are six!! God is so good, and we are still in awe that he chose us to be Eva & Ellie’s parents! What a privilege! Thank you guys for all the prayers-I know it made all the difference! Love you guys! :)

  17. Elisabeth price says:

    Rachel…thanks for taking time to blog this…remembering the prayers for these precious Two and you and Jamie…..i have loved watching them interact in K2 joyfully…i just know you’re having fun with them ….blessings and love, elisabeth

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you, Elisabeth! We know for certain that there is power when believers come together and agree! You are part of the girls’ story too. :) We are so grateful for godly men and women who stood with us and believed God for a miraculous outcome. Thank you for adding your prayers to ours. Hope you are doing well! Have a wonderfully blessed holiday season!

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