Happy 14th Birthday!!

How in the WORLD is it possible my oldest children are now 14?! I mean, I remember my 14th birthday like it was yesterday (I mean, it was just recently, right??)

(look at the hair on my girls! I called them my little monkey's due to their headful of dark hair!)


Momma's, it is SO true, our babies grow up in a flash!!! The days may seem long but the years are short!

(those burgundy dresses & yellow/orange outfits have been worn by all 5 of my girls!)

For those that don't know, I didn't know I was having twins until I was 36 weeks pregnant! Yes you read that right! I was barely 100lbs when I got pregnant and was only measuring big enough for one baby during most of my pregnancy. I was extremely sick at the beginning (like couldn't eat for many weeks except, bananas, mashed potatoes & canned vanilla pudding). But I didn't know any different as they were my 1st. I was planning on a homebirth and all had been going well.

Until 33 weeks and I was measuring a little bit ahead but the midwife just said it's extra amniotic fluid. At 36 weeks during a checkup, she couldn't figure out the position of the baby. She said either something was wrong or there was more than one.

(yes we wore those bunny costumes for many years for Easter egg hunts!)

Lo & behold at 36 weeks during an ultrasound we discovered we were being blessed with TWO babies! They warned us they would be born any day so we scrambled for extra names (didn't know the gender) as well as extra baby supplies as I had already had a baby shower before finding this out & didn't get the doubles of things I needed.

But of course they decided to keep me on my toes and weren't born early & instead had to be induced at 40 weeks, late for twins!!! Despite only gaining 25lbs & not having twin prenatal care, they were born weighing 
5lbs 6oz
6lbs 2 oz
both 19".
And healthy as could be!

They threw me into motherhood full force! Those early days are such a blur but they taught me so much! Being a mom of twins has been such a joy. Learning to parent 2 kids of the same age can be a challenge. They are the same developmentally but still such different personalities. I've had to learn to balance this. I am thankful that though I've failed at times, they continue thrive & forgive my mistakes.

I am thankful for the beautiful young women they are growing into. They are amazing big sisters to all their siblings! They are selfless and willing to go above and beyond what I ask of them. They have such big hearts and are willing to help others without asking.

They have gone through so much in their young lives, more than most kids ever experience. 

Yet their love for Jesus, their family & friends continue to remain foremost in their lives. They are both smart, funny, compassionate, loving and down-to-earth.

I am SO very proud of my girls!

 Sarah & Susan, I love you both so very much! I am so incredibly thankful to have been blessed to be your mom. To walk with you in this journey called life, to help guide you and watch you grow into the amazing young women you are becoming! Continue to follow Jesus and His calling for your life. I look forward to seeing where God directs you in the years to come. I will always be here for both of you, no matter what!!!
Thank you for all you both do!!

I love you Sarah & Susan!

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