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we found out we were having twins at only 6 weeks into my pregnancy, and though high-risk, we had a relatively normal next few months. on new year's day, that all changed. i didn't know what it was at the time, but my water broke while i shopped around walmart that morning alone, allowing chris and eli to sleep in after a long night watch service the night before. after making many calls from the bathroom stall, waiting for what felt like forever, i was able to leave, pick up chris, and head to the hospital. we found out zeke's amniotic sac had ruptured, and i would not be going anywhere. i was only 26 weeks and 1 day, and we were scared to death. through much prayer and support from loved ones, and a few special nurses, i made it on hospital bedrest for another ten days. on day eleven, i went into labor, and the twins were delivered via c-section.

at 27 weeks and 4 days, zeke was born weighing 2lbs 4oz, and 13.75" long, and emmie was born two minutes later weighing 2lbs 2oz, and 15" long. they were immediately taken into the nicu, and would remain there for another 57 and 70 days respectively.


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chris and i kept a blog during our hospital stay, which allowed us to communicate with friends and family what we were going through on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis. the link is still up, though we do not maintain it as we did during our nicu time. i have been writing a book based on our experiences with the twins this year, and am currently in the editing process. i soon hope to find a publisher, and then will share the information with you. i have written our story in hopes of being an encouragement to others going through similar situations, as well as to share what God has done for us, and how He brought us through. to Him we give all the glory!

our family has been featured in several recent publications, including the Chattanooga Area Combined Federal Campaign video, as well as multiple Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga items. emmie and zeke are shown in photos throughout the Ronald McDonald House's web site, will be the poster family for their own agency's CFC brochure, and zeke is going to be depicted in an etching for the Ronald McDonald House's "Hearts of Gold" campaign, which will be going on this Christmas. it is amazing to see how God continues to use our situation and story for good.

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