Shannon here: Lori Ramsey shares how she shared baby news with her husband, through six kids. Plus get in the drawing to win a Kindle copy of her latest Contemporary Romance, Embracing Purpose . Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Sept 26th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Lori:
Sharing the News, We’re Having a Baby!
My husband and I married back in 1994. We only dated for 5 months before we eloped. I felt my biological clock ticking pretty loudly because I was 27 years old. While he was only 21, he was always game to try for a baby, or 6!
We’d been married for only 4 months when I told him I wanted to have a baby before I left my 20’s. He said, happily, “Let’s try.” So that was August 1994. We began talking about baby names and agreed to give our children unique names. At the time, I worked for the Cadillac dealership in town and he was still in college. God’s timing is perfect, so it didn’t happen right away.
Fast forward to December. I put in my notice at work, because he would graduate in a couple of weeks, and had a job elsewhere. I didn’t see the fact that I had to run to the restroom every 15 minutes as a sign of pregnancy, because I was too busy training the new girl to take my place, plus packing to move.
A week later I bought a pregnancy test. He had to finish his last day at college while I stayed with my mother out of town. I woke up early and took the test and held my breath for 10 long minutes. Imagine my joy when I saw the line in the heart-shaped window on the test stick.
I admit, I told my mother first, because she was there. This was pre-cell phones so I had no way of sending a quick pic, or a text. When he pulled into the driveway later that evening, I ran outside and jumped in the truck with him and said, “Hello daddy.”
He turned to me, his eyes big. “Really?”
So yeah, we have six kiddos. I got to share the news with him five more times, each time just as joyful.
With our second baby, we had just suffered a miscarriage. My sister-in-law called me and asked me to take a pregnancy test. I told her no way. I humored her and tested and sure enough, her gut feeling was right. I called the school (my husband is a teacher) and asked him if he could take me to the doctor the next morning. He asked why, and I said, “Because we’re having a baby.”
The third baby, I did the same thing, I called him at school. (I know, that’s not the best way) but there again, we didn’t have a cell phone. This was in 2000. The fourth baby, I just felt off. We’d gotten up early that morning and I told him I was testing. He talked into the bathroom and I handed him the test to see first. So he found out before I did with that one that we were pregnant!
The fifth baby, I had the ultra sensitive pregnancy tests. It was a week before my cycle was due and yet, my daughter (the one born in 2000) came up to me and lifted my shirt. I said, “What are you doing?”
She said, “I want to see the baby in your belly.”
I tested immediately. My husband was staining our hardwood floors. I couldn’t believe it when I saw double lines again. I showed him immediately.
And with our precious 6th baby, he was with me again while waiting on the test results. We looked at it at the same time.
Maybe this isn’t as exciting as it is these days with all the fancy announcements, but at the time it was exciting for both of us. God blessed us with 6 babies, and I cherish every moment of the finding out part.
About Lori: Lori Ramsey writes Christian romance under the pen name, Ann Laurel. She enjoys writing about how people overcome great obstacles and how Jesus loves them. In her spare time, she volunteers in a ladies ministry called Light the Lake Ladies. She attends church with her family and loves being a wife and mom.
About the book – Embracing Purpose – Valley Springs Book #5:
Allison’s life didn’t turn out the way she’d planned. The moment she graduated from college everything changed. She found herself traveling down a path she didn’t choose.
When Allison’s mother, Lilly, received the bleak diagnosis of cancer, the young lady had to step in and help care for her and her special needs baby sister.
Determined to make the best of the life Allison felt she had to keep all others at arms’ length. Neighbor Cole Parker didn’t let that stop him from being the friend she needed during the darkest hour of her life.
Sometimes we can’t control our destinies and we have no choice but to allow life to take us where it will.
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Question for Readers: Can you name a time when something didn’t happen when you wanted, but came about in God’s timing?
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