Twenty years ago today, The Deer Hunter and I were planing and packing for my scheduled delivery of the girls. The photo above was taken on the following morning. The big day had finally arrived and there was no turning back.
Every time I see the photo I think “We’re looking at each other like how in the world did we end up here and what the heck are we going to do about it?” Not that we weren’t happy to be expecting parents, but twins? Geesh we didn’t even know if we were ready for one child and somehow we were about to end up with two.
I won’t bore you with the details, but my pregnancy was a nightmare. From the start I had every pregnancy aliment you can think of and a few you’ve probably never even heard of!
By the time I had the girls I had already been admitted to the hospital at least a half a dozen times for one complication or another and then the scheduled delivery ended up in a rather hurried c-section on top of all of that.
We knew very early on that I was carrying twins. It seemed like everywhere I went someone told me they prayed for twins or that having twins was their life long wish. Honestly, I felt so miserable that having twins wasn’t something I was happy about. Every time someone shared their twin dream with me I thought “Well I wish you were having twins too-instead of me-then maybe I wouldn’t be so sick!
After the girls were born, it didn’t take me long to realize I had been given the ultimate gift. No wonder all those people wanted twins.
Having the girls in our lives has filled every day of the last 20 years with brightness and joy. We will be forever grateful they were given to us.
Today the girls will be playing in Gainesville, GA the city were they were born. We scheduled the gig months ago and I never even thought about it being the day before their birthday, but it somehow seems fitting.
I’m thankful we get what we need…even when we don’t even know we need it.