Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Happy Surprise

I found out some news on Thursday that made me so happy I had a dream about it that night.
I'll try to explain.

Back in 1995-96 when I was Laurel Advisor in our ward, I had a great group of girls.

Okay, notice the 4th girl from the left on the back row? That is Natalie Moline.

She got married to Luke Jenne back in 2002.
and I think they have pretty much lived in Utah ever since then.

Natalie and Luke suffered through 6 years of infertility, and all the emotions that go with that. Only someone who has suffered similarly would be able to understand completely the overwhelming pain and heart ache, I'm sure.

Imagine my delight when I learned that just this past April they adopted a precious beautiful little baby and named her Whitney Kate!

No, it doesn't stop there.

So yesterday on Natalie's blog,
as soon as I opened it up,
this is what I saw:

I just sat there in shock. Natalie is PREGNANT and due in March!!!!
The babies will be just 11 months apart.

Now I want to say a few words about Natalie. She was always doing acts of service for me. The day my oldest son left on his mission, she, along with my other Laurels, organized, cooked and put together a wonderful dinner for us in our home.

When my husband died 10 months later, she did so many things for me I can't even count them all. A few that very much stand out in my mind.... Tyler, my youngest and just 10 at the time, was having a particularly difficult time, understandably. One day she just showed up and helped Tyler make a "memory box" of his father. She brought all the supplies and showed him how to decorate it. After that was completed Tyler put some precious memories of his dad in that box, and they are still in there to this day....including his wallet, watch, his chapstick, etc.

One morning she and her Mom called and told me to look on our porch. There was breakfast for all of us....all kinds of cereal, juice, rolls, etc. During such a difficult time, we were all so excited about that food!

I won't even get into all the sweet little things Natalie made for me, most of which I still have. Is it any wonder that I love her? Is it any wonder that I am so happy for her and all that she is being blessed with!


Anonymous said...

This is really cool. It reminded me of Dave and Randi Farley. They were married for a while and couldn't have any kids. They finally were able to adopt a little boy. They moved to Utah for awile and a doctor there was able to fix the problem and they ended up having about 10 kids.

grandmapeg said...

I remember you speaking of Natalie and what a sweet young woman she is. That's pretty exciting for them. It's so nice that you've had wonderful young women in your life.

kelly said...

How exciting! I knew her, I'm glad she's doing so well. I was friends with most of the girls in that picture, brings back tons of memories. I'm so sad for Tyler too. I was also 10 when my dad died. I still have bad days sometimes and its been 20 years.

Jill said...

KELLY...I had no idea your dad died when you were only 10! How I am sure you would love to have him here to enjoy your children.

The Gage Cage said...

I LOVE to hear good news.....good things happening for good people! It's the best.

I couldn't help but notice Kathryn with braces in the pic too. Such cute young women!

The Garden Maiden said...

A little birdie told me you loved the Marriot beds too. Here is a link to get one. ;)

Ashley (+wyatt) said...

I think I remember seeing her back in the day! I am so glad things turned out so great for her!! Thats awesome!