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Today I am giving my kids a few extra hugs and “I love you’s”.  One can’t help but be thankful they are here when you see such devastating footage as what we see on the news today about Japan.  We are sending out prayers and love across the world today.

My dream vacation…

When my sister and her family were down at Christmas we got talking about our dream vacations. My sister and I would like to go over to Scotland and Wales where are Grandparents were from, but I was surprised to hear that her “ideal” vacation is the same as mine!!

This is the St. Regis Resort in Bora Bora and you might recognize it from the movie “Couples Retreat”.    A one bedroom, over the water, villa can be reserved for about $1040 Canadian for 7 nights.  A 3 bedroom for the same amount of time will run you about $12,900!!  But boy does it look worth it!!  I figure that with a family of 5 this could be a bit out of my budget but if you were looking for a romantic getaway for 2…this would be perfect.  I promise that if I ever go, you guys will be the first to hear about it!  I am anticipating a flawless review!

Our Baby…

And finally you meet the baby.  C is our youngest, 8 years old, and our miracle.  I feel like I have always been surrounded by miracles…I had an awesome childhood, my sister is my best friend, I met the man of my dreams.  The miracles didn’t stop there.  I was lucky enough to meet a man who had two adorable little girls that were 1 and 2.  Adorable is not even the right word, they were both downright gorgeous!!  I thank God every day that he blessed me with these girls…you have already met them in the last two post.  My daughters are my life.

How could you not love those faces!  Some of you may ask about their mother and some day we will talk about it, but let us get back to my baby now!  He is our miracle.  We tried for many years to get pregnant and one day we did.  Using modern day technology we were able to get pregnant…with twins.  Twin boys!  We were over the moon…two girls and now two boys.  And just 23 weeks into my pregnancy my water broke.  I managed to hang on for 5 more days before the boys were born….4 months too early.  I can’t even begin to explain the worry and anxiety unless you have been there.  The way that people walk around you just to avoid having to ask how your new babies are.  The way that you leave the hospital every night empty handed when you know that the majority of new mothers walk out elated.  I remember coming home to be with Richard and the girls and feeling so much guilt over leaving the boys there.  Nine days after they were born, our first born son, Devon, passed away.  I believe that day that he took a piece of my heart with him when he went.  I truly believe that he knew love surrounded him.  C managed to hang on and we prayed that he would stay with us.  He was so little, 1 lb. 2 ozs., and at his lowest all the way down to 14 ozs.  Every day was a miracle and we knew it.  The little boy you see below spent 6.5 months in the NICU and Childrens hospital before he came home.  He only came home because he received a tracheostomy, feeding tube and full time oxygen support.  We lived with a trach for 2355 days (over 6 years) and on May 4, 2009 after successful tracheal reconstruction, the trach was removed.  The boy you see below is academically on track, is witty and funny, caring and most of all….healthy!!  Like I said….he is our miracle.