my miracle story

Happy Birthday Hannah!

Hannah Noel. 
It means, gracious Christmas child. 

Her original due date was December 14. 
God brought her a few weeks early so we could always remember how thankful we are for her.

Like most couples, we started trying to have a family shortly after we got married.
Weeks turned into months. 
Months turned to years.
I started to wonder why my body was failing me as a woman.
I prayed a lot.
It felt like God wasn't listening.  Or at least not telling me anything.

I hated baby showers.  Baby announcements.
A constant reminder of what wasn't happening for us. 
It sounds pretty selfish, and maybe it was. 
It was just really painful.
It seemed so easy for everyone else.

We decided to share our journey with our young married Sunday school class. 
People began praying for us, and asking if we were interested in adoption.
We were, and it seemed like the right thing to do next, since medically we'd done all we could afford.

More heartaches and disappointments even in that route.
We began foster/adoption classes through the State.

And then we went on a couples retreat with our Sunday School class.
We were excited to tell them about our next step in adoption.

 One of our leaders suggested that all of our friends come around us and pray for us. 
He also prayed for us to get pregnant.

This made one of my BFF's very angry, because she was being protective of us and our decision.
I didn't mind.  I'll take all the prayers I can get- whatever they are!

We continued the adoption classes.

And then something weird happened.  I started craving cheeseburgers at 3 pm.  Even though I'd just had lunch, and was still hungry for dinner a couple hours later. 
Didn't think much of it.

Yep.  A month after our retreat where we were prayed for, I conceived. 
An absolute miracle.

November 26, 2000

One of my favorite people in this world is Beth Moore. 
She says that when someone in the Bible is dealing with infertility, God is about to do something great. 
I believe that. 

age 3, glamour girl pose

first day of preschool

new house, and a vegetable garden

silly Christmas elf

tennis camp

8th birthday trip to Disneyland with Mimi and Papa  (and I don't mean Woody and Jessie!)

I've seen all kinds of little miracles- both through adoption and conception.
I don't know why God answers our prayers in the way He does, but I know He is faithful and good,
 no matter the outcome.
And He knows the best timing and gives us good things.  Including little miracles.

I look at my baby girl, and am so grateful to be a momma.  She's pretty amazing.

Halloween 2010

Happy Birthday Nanna.
Love you tons.

1 Samuel 1:27
I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me my petition.


  1. Teary eyed.. That is a wonderful story! Truly a miracle

  2. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry for your struggles but it seems that it just made you appreciate your blessings more. You have a beautiful daughter--and a cute dog, too!

  3. Sweet story - thanks for sharing. Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!!

  4. What a beautiful post. A tear rolled down my cheek. Happy birthday to your sweet girl.

  5. Beautiful story Denise! She is so precious! I don't know why God makes us wait for the things we want most, but the outcome is always more than we had ever dreamed of! Happy birthday your daughter!

  6. This is beautiful Denise!
    God is so good and He hears every prayer and every heart-cry.
    Your little miracle is beautiful..thanks for sharing with us!

    Deborah xoxo

  7. What a beautiful story Denise!! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! :)

  8. Hannah's birth was a happy day for so many of us! Happy Birthday Hannah! Denise, it is a joy to watch you cherish the moments of motherhood. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I have a miracle baby too! Loved your story. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful and I'm sure such a joy in your life. Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a wonderful story! Happy Birthday to her!

  11. Happy birthday!!!! What a blessing she is :)

  12. I'm a couple days late, but this was so cool. I loved reading this. And yes, my claim to fame, the "angry BFF"!!! :) Just cuz I love ya....and Hannah too, Happy Belated Birthday, you are AWESOME!

  13. aww what a sweet post ... she's a doll!

  14. That is truly a wonderful story!! What a beautiful daughter you have! Angie xo

  15. Beautiful sweet story! Happy birthday to Hannah!

  16. Oh, Denise, thank you for this link, it's a beautiful tribute and your prose is brimming with joy. I hope to carry this story in my heart and I feel like I too will always be so grateful for our miracle baby girl!


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