About Us

At the moment, we live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where my husband Josh teaches at The University of Alabama. He is more than I deserve…steady, loving and smart, quick to forgive and slow to take offense. We are so thankful to have him as husband and Daddy. I teach English part time to German families who work at the Mercedes plant nearby. Josh and I have been married for ten years and we have six children- Liam who is seven, Asher who is five, our beautiful Lucy Dair (stillborn at almost 20 weeks) our other two sweet babies, Jude and Pax, who were both lost in early miscarriages and Nora, our miracle baby who is one. We love God, we love each other and we love sharing our story with you as God writes it.

 

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16 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I started following your blog recently, after losing our first baby at 8 weeks this past July. I’ve been so encouraged. Sometimes all I need is to sit by myself, read blogs like yours, and just cry. I was so excited today when I read your new entry!! My husband and I have been in the adoption process for almost two years now- and it’s finally looking like its going to really happen! I am so happy for you. It’s a journey… but it’s so good!

    • Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure you know from the blog, but we also lost a baby in July. I’m glad your adoption is going well. It’s always nice to have other people to share the journey with. Any advice as we start out?

      • Oh… I don’t know…. It seems like any way you try to create a family, it’s just something out of your control. It’s been a long process, but I try to remember that in the end it’s going to be better than anything I could have planned myself.

        We’re adopting from Korea, so I’m sure the processes quite different. I’m excited for you! God bless your whole family!

  2. Hi. My name is Kim and I’m 11 weeks pregnant. I just found out I have 1:36 Big E Antibodies which I am still learning about. Not sure if this is related to Kell antibodies, but at this point I’m trying to get as much info as possible. I am so scared and afraid my baby will get hurt or affected by this. Any info please.

    • Hey Kim,
      Congratulations on your new baby! I’m sorry you are having to deal with E antibodies. It is not related to kell, but similar. There are lot’s of different types of antibodies, anti-D, anti-kell, anti-c, anti-E, anti-kidd, etc. Anti-E is not as dangerous or as aggressive as kell, so that is good. Your titer is over the critical level, so you will need to keep a close eye on baby, but chances are your baby will be FINE, especially since this is your first affected pregnancy. Are you seeing an MFM/perinatologist (high risk OBGYN?) If not, you need to find one in the next couple of weeks and you should start having MCA scans around 17 or 18 weeks to make sure your baby isn’t getting anemic. Did you know there is an amazing Facebook group full of supportive ladies, many of whom have anti-E antibodies. If you find me on Facebook, I can get you into the group (it’s private) My name is Bethany Weathersby

  3. Thank you for your story about Lucy and your devotion to God. I have no children. I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks in January and am now 8 1/2 weeks along. I was told I have anti-kell also (traumatic car accident as a child, had two blood transfusions). I just started the titer process and research about what my future family is up against. I know it is God’s will whether or not he will bless me and my soulmate with children.

    • Congrats on your new baby on the way, and I am so sorry that you lost your first baby. Usually, if you were sensitized by a blood transfusion, your baby has a high chance of being kell negative and therefore unaffected by the antibodies. Your husband has to be kell positive for your baby to be in danger. If he is caucasian, he has about a 9% chance of being kell positive, so the odds are in your favor. Has he had his blood tested for the kell antigen yet? Good luck and remember that there is a really good chance that your baby will be healthy and perfect!

  4. Thank you for your kind words! We have not had him tested yet. We are just now getting into a perinatologist. They did a titer and at 8 weeks my level was 1:512. Still hopeful for that 91% chance! This is all so new. Even being an ER nurse and working with Rh negstive patients frequently, it was still something I had never heard of. Another discouraging thing was that my OB literally told me what I had, how I got it, and to just “look it up but not let is scare me” … Making the news so much more daunting!

    Your family is beautiful. God bless!

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  6. Do you think we could exchange emails? It will be easier for me than maneuvering around blog comments, but I just found out I have Kell antibodies (my second pregnancy) and I have so many questions. My appt as of right now to see the specialist isn’t until 14 weeks and until then I feel like I’m just waiting with all my fears and anxieties! I would love to talk. My email is cmziegen@gmail.com.

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