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Tuesday, January 15, 2013


We have something to share...


Watch the video of how we told the boys here: http://youtu.be/C-HA7_8Cnig





We're having a baby!!!


We are very excited about this planned pregnancy. For the past three years, we have consistently sought counsel and prayed about the decision to go forward with having a third child, a child we had planned to have even before we knew Cystic Fibrosis would be a part of our life. 

Risk is of course part of every pregnancy and since Brian and I are carriers for the CF gene our risk is even more acute. We have sought to minimize risk of complications by seeking the advice of doctors and by having Breck be carefully monitored throughout the pregnancy to prevent what happened at Bennett's birth from happening again. 

Yet life cannot be lived without risk. And so we also recognize that, regardless of the precautions we take or plans we make, God is the giver and sustainer of life. We recognize that we do not control this process. We recognize that we are part of God's story in the world, and not that He is merely part of our private story. 

Choosing to have another child in any situation is to trust God. But for us it is also a choice to hope, a confession that we do not believe CF will have the last word on our family or our future. 

We are thrilled about the opportunity to give our boys a sibling, most likely our last child. We appreciate all the love from friends and family as we enjoy and embrace the journey of welcoming from God a new little life into our home.

With love,
Brian and

20 Responses to “Family Tree”

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    1. Thanks so much, Joy! :) I'm really glad we got their reactions on camera. :)

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  2. Congrats! Very sweet and touching video! How very exciting for you all, especially your adorable boys! Look after yourself! Best Natalie

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    1. Thanks so much, Natalie!! It *is* really exciting, especially for the boys. Oliver was highly interested in whether or not the baby has ears and can hear him talk to it. :) "Does the baby know i'm her brother?" was his ultimate question. I explained a proper meeting will need to take place in about 6 months or so. :)

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    1. Lol, Margaret!! :) SO AM I!!!! :)

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  4. Breck - I am so happy for you guys! There were quite a few people who thought we were being irresponsible/crazy/selfish (of all things - having a child and being called selfish??) when we decided to have another baby after Ava was diagnosed with CF. We feel that God has given all of us challenges in life so we can grow, and just because someone might have something like CF to deal with it shouldn't mean that they don't deserve a chance at life.
    Sorry for the novel, my heart just breaks for families who want more kids, but because of the diagnosis, they are too scared to have more and they miss out on the blessings that children bring.
    Congratulations!:)

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    1. Megan, thanks for your comment. This experience, choosing to have more children while weighing the consequences of having more children with CF, has been incredibly painful. I don't think one quite understands the magnitude of pain involved until one is there, facing it first hand. Thank you for reminding me we are not alone in this journey. At times, I felt guilt, even shame, for considering bringing another child into our family, knowing already what challenges we have faced and knowing what may lay ahead. I wondered, "would I be taking away from Oliver? from Bennett? to have another child?" But, in the end, I came to the conclusion that a child is a gift, not only to me and Brian but to Oliver and Bennett as well. And I am trying to remember that God has and will prepare me (and our family) for whatever the future holds. Thanks for your thoughtful and affirming words. :)

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  5. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! The video was adorable. Hope you have a nice relaxing pregnancy and I can't wait for the baby to be here already...haha.

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    1. Lauren, you're so sweet. :) Thank you for the compliment on the video and all the well wishes. :) lol - I love it that you can't wait for the baby to be here already. :) So.am.i!!!! :)

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  6. Gratulerer! These news are great and to me almost too funny to read as we just three weeks ago started to try for an other baby too! I will remain anonymous in public for now, but I think you will know who we are anyways :p Congratulations again, I hope everything will go as planned. Any baby is a blessing CF or not being a part of the gift. <3 Loved <3 the video!

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous, I absolutely know who you are and appreciate so much your loving words! Congratulations on trying for another little one as well. :) Hurry up and let's be preggo together! :) And I love your last statement, "any baby is a blessing CF or not being a part of the gift." I could not agree with you more!! :)

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  7. Awesome news, Breck! I'll be praying for a smooth & healthy pregnancy. What a special time for your whole family!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stevi - for your sweet words and prayers for our baby to be healthy! Congratulations on your little Evan who is as cute as a button!! :)

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