Reasons to Celebrate

15 Jun

It’s celebration time in our house!  Not only are we celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday, but we’re also celebrating our eighth wedding anniversary on Monday.  That’s reason enough to celebrate, right?

Most of you know the story of how our children came to be so I won’t bore you with the details, but would like to make a few highlights.  Cystic Fibrosis is known for being a lung disease, but it’s effects run deep, and it impacts all body systems (as I am learning more and more).  Being diagnosed in 1972, Jody was told nearly all his life that he could never have biological children (as was believed back then).  After a nonchalant inquiry about this, on our one year anniversary to be exact, we were dumbfounded to learn of the option for biological children through the process of in-vitro fertilization (IVF).  After much thought and prayer we proceeded with this step a year later, and became first-time parents in 2008.  In 2010 we were blessed again, when our one and only remaining embryo, frozen on ice for two years, resulted in the birth of our second daughter.  Now you can fully appreciate why this and every Father’s Day is a celebration.  And Jody, when you read this, I just want to say you’re doing a great job!  I can’t imagine a more involved, hands-on, dedicated, down-to-earth, kind and loving father.  Keep up the good work; you’re making a difference in the lives of our girls!

Daddy’s Girls

As I said in the beginning we are also celebrating our wedding anniversary.  It’s been an eight year journey of mostly ups, and a few inevitable downs, but one that I would take again in a heartbeat.  One thing I have learned from Cystic Fibrosis is to appreciate the here and now, so I am.  I treasure the memories we have made through the years, and I delight in those yet to be made.  I thank God for blessing me with a Godly, loving, fun, and hard-working husband.  Happy anniversary Jody, how happy I am to celebrate with a “healthy” (unhospitalized) you!

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If you joined us for our special day, help us reminisce.  What you remember most about our wedding day?

5 Responses to “Reasons to Celebrate”

  1. Sheryl June 15, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Happy Father’s Day Jody!!!

  2. Nate Hoffer June 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Happy Father’s Day Jody! You are a great dad.

  3. Ruthie June 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    You were both radiant, gorgeous and very much at peace. I was so completely happy for you! The two of you make an amazing couple and it was a joy to be a part of such a wonderful occasion!!
    –Rick won’t ever forget mispronouncing your last name when he introduced you at the reception!

    • CF Wife June 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      This gave us a laugh. We forgot about Uncle Rick mispronouncing our name. 🙂 We are glad you were there as well. Thanks for the kind words.

  4. Sharon July 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!

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