SWEET TEA

Friday, October 12, 2012

Baby. Oh, Baby.


This is the time of year for Trick or Treating. . .



And lots of "Surprises".


Halloween has come early to our house -
in the form of some very "surprising"
life-changing, jaw-dropping, tear-wrenching, news. 


Our resident, 17 yr old Princess is *pregnant*.
There.
I've said it.
Lest you think I am "flippant" with this news,
be assured I.AM.NOT.
The past 6 weeks has been some of the most difficult time of our life.  Our entire family has wrestled, and cried, and bemoaned this news.  But we have all "come around", through the help, love, support, and prayer, of our friends and extended family.  Some of you have walked this path with me - you held out hope when I thought there was none to be found.  I am forever indebted to your kindness.

Come March, we will welcome one of these. . .

OR

one of these.


Next year is gonna be a "doozey".
But, Princess is doing well and we are embracing
the joy of getting a new Grandbaby.

*This IS my life.
I couldn't make this stuff up.




24 comments:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Congratulations! Babies are the best. My sister has been through this with both her girls and the babies were the best blessings ever. ((HUGS))

Deanna said...

The timing and circumstance might not be what you would have preferred but there's no doubt the baby will be a blessing. Congratulations!

Life in a Small Town said...

I was going to say exactly what Deanna said! Having all boys, I can't imagine what you're going through.

nancygrayce said...

As a dear friend of mine said when she found out this same info....God has a plan and a new life just can't be bad. It's sure not easy though when they are so young. I'm sure there will be more tears, but also joy and as the time approaches, Princess will want her mama!

Joyce said...

I'm sure you are wrestling with many emotions just now. I know the circumstances are not what you wished for your girl. Babies have a way of blessing us and I know you will love this new little life in a special way. I will keep everyone in my prayers. Hugs to you!

Bobbi and Gracie said...

When my book gets published (soon) and you read about the part where my 19YO (hopefully you'll read it) informed me that she was 5 months pregnant (oh happy day) I'm sure you will be able to relate a bit to my dilemma at that time. That 'mistake/horrible news/misfortune/disappointment' was soon called a baby, then a girl, then upon arrival - my Cupcake, and now she's my angel Rissi. God sure does know how to work it all together for good.

I'm going to now say Congratulations! and will be praying for a safe, healthy delivery and for future direction.

Say What? said...

I can't imagine the mixed emotions. We are praying with you for health and safety for all concerned.

Trusting in God that He has big plans for that new baby. He is always in control.

Nonnie said...

Your experience these past few weeks makes me think of a Psalm: Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. And I know that you have cried lots of tears together, but I can already feel the joy in your news. God will bring this all together as He always does. Looking forward to hearing all about it as you go into the next phase of this journey.

yaya said...

Been there...done that...not me personally, but our son. He was 19 when he told us his 17yr old girlfriend was pregnant. We cried the tears, mourned the loss of their childhood, worried about the baby, worried about their future. That was 17yrs ago. They married a few months before their beautiful daughter was born. They now have 4 beautiful children. Has it been easy? Heck no. Has it been difficult for their marriage? Heck yes. They have gone through many counseling sessions over the years. They work hard in their careers, love their kids and we love them. Many fun times and blessings have come from a stressful situation. That lovely 17yr old will graduate high school in the Spring. She's a blessing to all who meet her. Hang in there and I know this event will be the same for your family. Once you see that precious new life...you melt. Good luck to your daughter and congrats to you!

Jeanie said...

I can only say amen to all that has been said above. Princess is lucky to have a family that loves her so much....and with that, she will be fine.

Kelli said...

Congratulations! :) A new baby is always a blessing! The timing may be imperfect. the circumstances less than ideal. But that baby? It will absolutely be a blessing! <3

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh boy. Let me just first say I am the mother of four daughters. I tell my husband the odds are against us. Of course I am joking. I also say life is messy. It really is and it is what you do with it. I applaud you for supporting your girl. As if it isn't hard enough for her but to know you are there and trying to be positive is what she needs. God bless her. I am sure this has been so hard on her. Babies are blessing now matter when they come. I had my last at 41 and if that wasn't a shock but I would not change a thing. She is the life of our house and your new babe will be too. Babies keep us young. Stay strong my friend.

Chatty Crone said...

Gosh I just read a sad blog and considering that and this - this is much better. Yes it will be a change. Everyone will change - but you will have a new life and a new opportunity there. I am proud of Princess not getting an abortion and I am proud of you and your husband supporting your daughter. Love, sandie

Kay G. said...

I say best wishes to you all and be happy! A new baby to love and care for. xx

Mari said...

Congratulations! I know this wasn't your, or Princess' plan, but I know this baby will be a blessing and will be loved by all!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Aw, congratulations! It's great that Princess has such a loving and supportive family -- you will be over the moon when the baby arrives, trust me :)

Teresa said...

Believe me...you may feel you are the only one on the earth that feels the way you feel. But it is all too common. I have 3 daughters. All 3 had babies out of wedlock. The only one that got married, lost her baby.
He was stillborn. I would have 3 grandsons. 2/8 year olds and a 3 year old. So pray for a healthy baby that will be as much a part of you as your princess. My grandsons are my joy. It's hard at first. But it's your life. And believe me...almost everyone else too. God bless. And a big congrats. You are a brave soul to post this. We love you for it.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I was pregnant at 17 (and the father ran away from it all). It was extremely hard for my parents to come to terms with (disappointment, fear, sadness at lost future dreams); but they were also, especially my Mom, extremely supportive which I desperately needed. They got me through it; and my 1st daughter was welcomed by all my family with such love!

She ended up sort-of replacing the child they'd lost a number of years before; and she eventually became their daughter (which is another story altogether).

But she was/is a wonderful addition to all of our lives. And as God says, all children are blessings -- there are no mistakes when it comes to babies!

Good luck over the next 7 months!

Rhona said...

You can't help but be excited about a new baby - congratulations :). My daughter was 19 when she fell pregnant and is now expecting her 2nd in December and will be bringing them up on her own as the father left after finding out the 2nd was on its way. All I can say is I can't imagine life without our beautiful granddaughter and I'm so excited to meet granddaughter no. 2 when she makes her appearance at the end of the year. Hope the pregnancy goes well and look forward to seeing photos when baby is born xx

Mom24 said...

Every path is different. I know that. I also know I do not know your circumstances, but I wanted to tell you that I got pregnant at 17. Our son is 28 now, married with 2 kids of his own. He's completed all his coursework for his PhD. My hubby and I have been married almost 29 years and have 3 other children. For us, in our lives, he is the biggest blessing I could ever imagine, and we have been excellent parents (if I do say so myself). It can be done. It does not have to be a disaster. Good luck to you and Princess.

Linda Primmer said...

Congrats. Babies are such a blessing and so sweet. It's going to be busy, but you will have so much fun. Princess will have lots of support.

Anonymous said...

When our daughter got pregnant, this is what the Lord reminded me - He said ALL children are a blessing from the Lord. Not just planned ones, not just babies from married couples, ALL babies.

But, yes, I remember the tears and the agony, too. But, now the joy is so great I rarely even remember the sorrow. She's married to the love of her life and they have three kids now. She is an amazing mom and that little blessing brought her and her husband back to the Lord.

That little baby girl is now 5 and she is my. best. friend.

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Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Oh, honey, I'm sorry to read about this. I know how your heart must ache. The Lord has a plan in this, as in all things. We just have to trust in Him.

I found myself in Princess's shoes when I was 17. My parents gave me no choice but to have an abortion. That was in 1975 and it still haunts me to this day. My husband and I found ourselves in your shoes when our son announced his girlfriend was pregnant. They lived together and had the baby. When the child was about 6 months old, we discovered he wasn't our son's.

I hope you'll keep sharing this journey with us, so we can help you through the ups and downs. It's going to be okay.

melody-mae said...

Babies. sigh. Oh, how sweet they are. Our dear friends daughter came home to tell them she was pregnant with TWIN BOYS! They live with our friends too...she always says, this wasn't the life she planned but, she adores those sweet boys more than anything!

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