Thursday, August 20, 2009

All Because Two People Fell in Love...

December 26th, 1996 - Shane and I had our first date, we went to see Jerry Maguire. Years later, I thought that was the greatest day of my life =)...

Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2001 - Shane proposed to me over lunch! He completely surprised me and I was soooooo happy!! I definitely thought that was the best day of my life thus far...

July 14th, 2001 - We were married! Our wedding was perfect and we had so much fun!! That was definitely the best day of my life....

March 28th, 2003 - We had one of the biggest surprises of our lives - we were pregnant!! I had been traveling with work, realized I missed my period and thought that I should take a test. I was in complete shock!! Little did I know then we were going to be blessed with my mini me, Claire Isabella....

July 15th, 2003 - We found out we were having a baby girl!!!! I was soooooo excited and went shopping immediately...life could not get any better!!!!!

November 28th, 2003 - Claire Isabella Brown was born at 6:58am! She came so fast, only me and Shane (and of course nurses and Dr. H) were there when she was born. I know then, Shane an I both felt that was the greatest day of our lives....she was absolutely perfect!!!!! I stayed up almost all night in the hospital the first night just staring at her and looking at every inch of her, loving her so much!!!

December 29th, 2005 - After 6 months of trying, we found out we were pregnant once again!! We were so excited!!!

April 5th, 2006 - We found out that we were having a baby boy!! Shane was so excited and so was I!!! We were going to have the perfect family with a boy and girl, what more could we ask for!!!!!!????

August 14th, 2006 - Owen Keith Brown was born at 1:45pm! The whole family was there and I was sooooooo happy to have the huge kid out of me =)! He was Shane's mini me and we were the perfect family!! We were so happy and I remember just looking at this absolutely perfect, little blonde, blue eyed boy and then almost 3 year old Claire feeling so complete and happy as it was the happiest day of my life as our family was complete! Life could not get any better!!

January 1st, 2009 - After a couple weeks of trying, we found out we were pregnant AGAIN!! We only thought we were complete, but there were other plans for us and we still had one more chapter to add to our family....

February 25th, 2009 - I had the biggest scare of my life and we thought we were going to lose the baby we had not yet met. Shane and I were tested and grew so much in our faith with the help of our friends and family. I love Shane even more now that we went through that terrible time together and I thank God everyday that he gave him to me all the way back on what I thought was the greatest day of my life then in 1996...

March 24th, 2009 - We found out we were having another baby girl and she was healthy and thriving!! That was then one of the greatest days our lives...we were going to finish our family in a few short months with a precious baby girl....Claire was beyond herself excited and Owen was going to get to be a big brother!!!

All because two people fell in love 12 and half years ago, we have been so blessed time and time again!! When I look back at our life and how it has changed and little did we know what was to come at each important moment, I can't help but cry and thank God for giving us this life!!!! Yes, we have gone through tough times and had our hardships, but it does not get any better than this moment right now! We are going to be finishing our family tomorrow (for sure, tubes will be tied =)) and I know that I will be the happiest I have ever been in my life. Seeing Owen see his baby sister and becoming a big brother for the first time, priceless. Seeing Claire meet her baby sister will bring back so many memories for me of Tara and Nicole when they were little. The feeling of being the big sister, priceless, and I know Claire will be sooooo excited. Seeing Shane meet his little baby girl for the first time and seeing that same look in his eyes that I have seen twice before will be almost too much for me to handle, for sure, PRICELESS! Seeing Mom, Jake, Keith, and Becky all holding their newest grand daughter and promising her everything, priceless...all while still helping us take care of Claire and O and making them feel special this weekend. Seeing the love in the eyes of Tara and Drew, Nicole, Heath and Lane, Chad and Jennifer, and Brooke and Mitch for the newest niece, priceless. Then of course, we will love all of our friends that will make it to see us this weekend and love on our new bundle of joy! I know the Lord has so much in store for us for the rest of our lives, but I can honestly say that this moment right now and the next 24 hours will be one of the greatest times of our lives...please pray that all goes well and Bree makes a safe arrival!! We love you all for all your support and cannot wait to announce the newest addition to our family....stay tuned =)

-Love, Shane, Rachel, Claire and Owen

27 comments:

Cole Family said...

Hey Rachel!

Yes of course I remember you! That's great that Caleb and Claire will be going to school together!! I think that he was talking about Claire Hamilton but I am not sure...she is in his class...I only know that because his teacher sent out an email yesterday that had her name on it. Thanks for commenting on my blog I love having new readers!!

Suzette said...

I bet you are on cloud9 right now, stay there as long as you can & enjoy every second! I will pray for your dr and nurses & that Bree will arrive safely!

writing4612 said...

It's so great to think back and remember what God has done for us and brought us through, isn't it?!

I'm excited to meet Miss Bree, and I know you'll be excited to breathe again. :)

In this wonderful life... said...

My goodness! This made me cry a river! haha No idea why..just so sweet! I am so happy for you and I will be praying so hard for you all!! xoxo

Single in Vancouver said...

Best wishes for tomorrow! Can't wait to see pictures of Miss Bree.

Tara Gibson said...

oh my word rachel, way to make your sister cry! :) I cant wait for tomorrow and I pray Drew and I are as blessed as you and Shane are.

Becky said...

Like everyone else, this made me cry. Loved the journal of events - brought back so many memories. Keith and I are praying daily for Bree's safe arrival and we are confident God will bring her to us beautiful and perfect. We love you and we'll see you all tomorrow!

Boni said...

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers tonight and tomorrow. Try SO hard to sleep (you won't but it's worth saying it!)

It's amazing how you can look back and know that everything in life was planned and He knew what was going to happen!

(BTW, I got my tubes tied too..THREE IS PLENTY FOR THIS FAMILY...ESPECIALLY THREE GIRLS!)

Melissa said...

Rachel what a wonderful post! Best of luck tomorrow and I look forward to seeing pictures of Bree. Take care! Enjoy your last day of being pregnant.

Mrs. Dwiggins said...

I'm so excited for you & your family!!!

Megan said...

This totally made me tear up. SO sweet. I cannot wait to see little miss Bree. So excited for you and your family!

Kari Beth said...

rachel, such a sweet post! brought on the tears! best of wishes and luck tomorrow! i will be thinking of you and checking your and tara's blogs!

amywelborn said...

Wow, what a great post...sniff, sniff...that one made me tear up! I will be thinking about you and the fam tomorrow! So happy for you guys!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Awe, your so sweet!

Lea Liz said...

This was such a sweet post!! I loved it!! Can't wait to see pics !! I pray everything goes safely and baby Bree is here safe and sound!!

alyssa said...

i will be thinking about you tomorrow!!! can't wait to see pictures of bree!!

Brandi said...

I pray that all goes smoothly tomorrow! Enjoy every second since it is your last. I too got my tubes tied on the 3rd c-section so the surgery was a little more emotional to me than the first two. YEAH... 3 babies!!!! JOYJOYJOY!!!

Kelly said...

Thinking of you tomorrow with baby Bree!! Praying for a healthy delivery!!!

Maggie said...

Rachel - You and your family are in my prayers, good luck girl!! Hope and pray all goes well, and that you and Bree are healthy and happy upon her arrival. I know you all are so glad this day has come. God bless, and take/post pictures asap!!! =)

Jessica said...

Love the post - Love the memories. Can't wait to see Miss Bree Leighton Brown tomorrow!!!

Lisa said...

I will be thinking and praying for you and Miss Bree. Everything will be just perfect! Early congrats to your family and I just can't wait to see her!!!

Danielle said...
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Danielle said...

Hello! I just came to your blog from Ashley Linam's blog. I just met Lane last week when she came over for a girls lunch and have heard about your blog and thought I would check it out. And Wow, this post is so sweet and amazing. I pray you have a wonderful day tomorrow with your new baby!

~ Cassidie said...

Hey girl! Beautiful post! I just wanted to let you and Shane know that I will be thinking of you tomorrow and I pray all is perfect!

The Heckathorns said...

Awww, Rachel! You have such a way with words! I know you will do awesome tomorrow and I'll be praying for you & little miss Bree! I cannot wait to see pictures! :)

morewineplease said...

sweetest post ever!
Thinking about you today!!!

The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

I have NEVER cried while reading a blog post...until now. That was so incredibly beautiful and I feel overjoyed for you!