Friday, September 12, 2014

Hi there!

So, I know it's been a while... 
but I thought I would try this blogging thing again :)
The other day I was going through my emails from around the time that Tripp passed away. 
It's almost been 3 years.  Time plays such tricks on me.  Sometimes I feel like it's been a lifetime and other times I can't believe it's been so long ago.  But thing thing that I really found so incredible was the insane amount of support that I received just in the 3 days after Tripp passed away.  I was in such a state of shock for so long after everything happened, that even reading those emails at that time, it didn't really hit me actually HOW many people had reached out to me at that time.  
Looking back recently, it's been so humbling and incredible to see. It's even made me feel pretty guilty about stepping away for a while. Re-reading the letters brought back so much pain, but also so much joy... knowing how loved my sweet boy was even after he passed.  
The missing him sure just doesn't get easier. 
So I know that I've said thank you before, but you can't say thank you enough.  
So thank you... all of you who would reach out to me and who still reach out to me. 
You have each played a role in this very long healing process.
You are wonderful.  

And for that, 
I am thrilled to share some very exciting news with you..

Stephen and I are expecting a baby!!
He or she is due on February 2nd of next year. 
Gender will be a surprise! :)
I will be 20 weeks on Monday and we got to see it's little face again today! 
It was incredible. 



We feel so blessed and so very excited to be able to share this special event in our lives with all of you, who have supported us and walked this journey with us through these years.  
I know that Tripp has had a HUGE hand in this special gift to us.  (I even think he has his adorably cute round shaped head!)
We are nervous but excited and very grateful.   

It has NOT been an easy road.  
But easy does not challenge your faith. 
God has been SO good to us.  
SO so good, that I don't even have the words yet to share them. 
We cannot wait to continue our journey with you but to also share the story...
in posts to come...  
little by little..,. 
of how we have made it this far. 
And how we have grown in our faith and in our lives. 

We love you guys. 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 
-James 1:2-3


God Bless, 
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122 comments:

  1. Congrats! I think of you all of the time- will be praying for you and blessed new baby!

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  2. I am soo so excited for you! Still think of you & sweet Tripp all the time!! Will be praying for you:))

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  3. That is such amazing news! I'm so happy for you.

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  4. I've been following your blog since shortly after you began posting about Tripp and I'm so happy to read your good news. I hope this baby brings you immeasurable joy and some healing to your heart. I'm sure it will have the same sweet spirit as his or her big brother! May God continue to bless you on this journey.

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  5. This is so incredibly amazing! I'm so excited for y'all! Congrats!

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  6. Congrats to the beautiful couple ! Y'all are amazing parents, this little SweetPea is blessed beyond words to have such an amazing mom as you are

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  7. I am so excited, ecstatic, overjoyed, etc, etcetera for y'all! You are a great mom and I know this blessing will have that too. You are such an inspiration to me and have changed my outlook a lot with my 2 kids!!! I love y'all and can't wait to follow you further on this incredible journey! Hugs and kisses!

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  8. Congrats on your great news.God is once again giving you one of his lil angels for you to LOVE. He knows you're a GREAT Mom, Tripp told Him so!

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  9. Congratulations!!!! I know Tripp us smiling down on y'all and will be watching over his baby brother or sister! !!

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  10. Thank you so much for taking the time to update. I hope you will return to blogging so we can share your joy. God Bless!

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  11. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news! Congratulations!! <3

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  12. That's beautifully amazing news. I am so happy for you. Congratulations!

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  13. Oh what great news! My best and warmest congratulations!
    Been visiting your blog on a weekly manner and with hopes of this kind. I have a strong gut feeling that all will turn out good and you will be blessed with a lovely baby. So so happy news!
    All the best from Finland.

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  14. Congratulations! I hope you will keep us updated!

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  15. Congrats! Wishing you a healthy and easy pregnancy!

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  16. SO happy for you!! You deserve it! Praying for a smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby!

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  17. Wonderful! You continue to be in my prayers. Enjoy this new part of your journey.

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  18. Congrats courtney!! Im soo happy for u. Tripp is probably so excited to b a big brother from heaven. God bless your growing family. I miss u tripp soo much!

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  19. Congratulations and Thank You for sharing this beautiful blessing with us:)

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  20. Yay!!!! I've been praying to see a post like this for so long! Congratulations to you & Stephen!
    I can't wait to read your story, hear more about, & eventually "meet" Tripp's little brother or sister. I'm so happy for you!

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  21. Congrats to your family Courtney. Such special news.

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  22. Oh my GOODNESS~ I am indeed psychic as I have been thinking so much about you and just KNOWING a baby was on its way! Congrats to you and Stephen! This baby is truly blessed... touched not only by the hand of God but by Tripp's sweet hand as well! I am thrilled to hear your news! Diana a.k.a. Meme!

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  23. I just found you and have been sinking into your story and looking into the eyes of a hero. You were specially chosen to be Tripp's mommy because God knew that you would give him a life's worth of joy in such a small, precious window of time. My friend's baby earned his wings recently and I felt honored to know him. I wrote this poem for them, but it fits so many stories:

    Heaven sent down an invitation today.
    Some angels came, to help him fly away.
    He watched his family and friends down below.
    Their hearts were all broken, he watched sadness grow.
    He asked "May I help, make their hurt go away?"
    All the angels smiled, "Why yes, YES you may!
    You can gather the tears from those that you love,
    we will keep the tears safe, in heaven above!
    When happiness grows, bringing thrm tears of joy,
    they'll be sent down from heaven, by their special boy!"

    Tripp is ready to send your family tears of joy, he has been saving them up for you all. God bless. Thank you for sharing your remarkably beautiful little hero with us. Wonderful things await in your future. ♥

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  24. Congrats! May Tripp watch over you and bless you all!

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  25. Congratulations & God bless. Wishing y'all the best of luck!

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  26. Congratulations!!!! Such a wonderful blessing!!!

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  27. what a blessing!! congratulations!!! so so happy for you!

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  28. Congratulations! I was thinking about Tripp the other day. I was reading Don Piper's book "90 Minutes in Heaven", and pictured him in the arms of our Lord Jesus. I'm so happy for you and Stephen. May God continue to bless and comfort you both.

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  29. So excited for y'all! Prayers for you and baby!

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  30. I've been anticipating this post!!! So thrilled for y'all.

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  31. It is wonderful to share in your joy! Congratulations to you both :)

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  32. Congratulations, Courtney, you so deserve this happiness! - Sarai

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  33. Courtney and Stephen, I am so happy for you both. Congratulations :) Gloria from VA

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  34. Congratulations on your wonderful news! You and your baby will be such blessings to each other.

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  35. Congratulations!!! SO happy for you!

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  36. Congrats!! You will be in my prayers :) God is good!!

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  37. I have been checking your blog lately, hoping for an update and I was so happy to find that you had posted again.

    Congratulations on the new baby!! That is just the best news. Such a joy! Sweet Tripp will be a big brother.

    I am so thankful for Stephen and his love and care of you. I know Tripp is smiling on you both and loves you with all his heart.

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  38. Congratulations and welcome back!

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  39. Such exciting news! And so glad you are back blogging. Congratulations!

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  40. Congratulations, I am so happy for you and Stephen!

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  41. Che Dio vi benedica. Tutti gli auguri del mondo

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  42. SO SO SO excited for you! Congratulations :) What a blessing!! :)

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  43. Congratulations! Tears of joy. :-)

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  44. Congratulations! So, excited to see your blogging again!

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  45. Congratulations for this new blessing in your lives! Tripp will keep you under his watch and protection. Sending prayers, love, and hugs.

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  46. SO happy for you both! Wishing you every happiness!

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  47. Congratulations! I know this may sound silly but I have been praying for this to happen for you! Thank you for coming back and I am so excited to see what your future holds.

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  48. Courtney - my kids and I have been praying to hear this news! We read this blog together and it has touched our hearts and lives in so many ways! You were born to be a mother to Tripp, and now he will be the guardian angel for this little one. We are absolutely delighted for you and your family! Prayers for a safe and wonderful birth and we can't wait to continue reading about this new journey in your life!

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  49. Congratulations. You don't know me, but I follow your blog, your journey, and your faith. God IS good. We are His children. He knows us better than we know ourselves. I am so happy for the three of you (Stephen, you and Trip). I'm sure Trip is preparing his little brother or sister right now for their journey here, on earth.

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  50. So so happy for both of you!! :D can't wait to hear more :)

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  51. What wonderful news!!! Congratulations

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  52. So glad you're back. Congratulations on the blessed event. I can't wait to take this new journey with you. You and Tripp have stayed in my heart and prayers. Sending Love!

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  53. sooo super excited for y'all!! congrats!! much love and prayers sent to you and stephen and your new miracle!! xoxo

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  54. This has absolutely made my day! Congratulations on your little sweetheart! I can't wait to see your updates and pictures of you as you grow! congratulations from Abbeville, Alabama!

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  56. Blessings for all of you. Congratulations!!

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  57. Congratulations! So happy for you! :)

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  58. So happy for you both - Congratulations! God has wonderful angels to help Him with His perfect timing. Can't wait for more updates!

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  59. YAY!! I've been hoping you'd keep the blogosphere updated on the way God's been working in your life. So happy to hear this wonderful news!

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  60. Brilliant!!! Congrats to you both.

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  61. Yay, I am so happy for you! I was checking in hoping for a post like this!

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  62. So thrilled for you both and can't wait to see how God blesses you. You were made to be a mama :)

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  63. Oh Courtney,
    Congratulations to you all! Tripp is going to be the BIG brother Angel for your new little blessed angel. I am so so happy that you are going to blog again. I so understood the healing time you needed but missed your blog and being able to read how you were doing. So happy for you and your new family you are one amazing mother who showed all what a true mother was in every sense of the word. You have never been far from my mind and inspired me to make sure that every day was spent being a better person. Thank you so much.

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  64. So, I got your tweet on my phone the other day and I seriously thought, oh I hope she is pregnant.... Sooooo happy for you both. Congratulations.

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  65. So good to see a new post on your blog. I always click to see if there is a new post and today there is and wow, congratulations. I am so happy for you. I'm sure Tripp is looking down and he's happy too. Love and hugs xxx

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  66. I have been waiting and hoping for this post! I'm at work, in tears and happy dancing! I know Tripp had a hand in sending this angel down to you. All the best!! Jen

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  67. That is amazing news and I am happy for you all. Tripp is watching over all of you and felt it was time for you to be a Mom again so he spent his special gift to you his brother or sister. I look forward to continuing this journey with you all. Congrats to this new little person you have both created.

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  68. Congratulations!! So Happy for all of you! Tripp is going to be a big Brother!

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  69. How wonderful! Congratulations to both of you and I'm so pleased to hear the good news. You certainly deserve to be happy again.

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  70. Oh the blessings! Prayers from Texas!! ;"-) happy tears!

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  71. I am so happy for you. What wonderful, Heaven-sent, news! Please continue to keep us posted. We do care.

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  72. Congratulations! Lots of joyous drumming in heaven over this!

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  73. You were truly meant to be a mother! I couldn't be happier for you and your family. Praise God for his blessings :) :) :) Tripp is going to be the best big brother guardian angel. Also, we've missed your posts and it's so good to hear from you again!

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  74. I check in occasionally to see if you have updated. I was beyond thrilled to read this latest update. You will be in my thoughts & prayers & I will keep popping in to see how you are going

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  75. Congratulations, Courtney. I'm so happy for you guys.

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  76. I am so happy for you! Wonderful news. Still think of you often. Tripp touched our hearts and we will always remember him.

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  77. Congratulations - very happy I stopped back and read this good news :)

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  78. Oh, that is so wonderful! Congratulations!

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  79. So happy to hear your amazing news. I have been thinking of you a lot lately. I miss your posts. I miss Tripp and his precious smile. God has been pouring on the blessings for you all and it makes my heart melt. I can't wait to meet your precious baby. Congrats.

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  80. I am so happy for you!!!! Congratulations and prayers for a healthy and easy pregnancy and a healthy little one. You are certainly overdue for some happiness!!

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  81. I've been hoping and praying that when the time was right that you'd be blessed with another child! Congratulations! I am so excited for you and your husband. Your experience mothering Tripp was so unique and all-consuming and such a miraculous and difficult road. I feel privileged to be able to take your next journey of motherhood with you via your blog and look forward to seeing you go forward with a loving and supportive man at your side from the start. Again, congratulations to you and your husband!

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  82. I just read your blog. I sent you a friend request on facebook because you are one of my heroes and I wanted to see your posts in my newsfeed. It was denied because you have reached your friend limit. haha who knew such a thing existed. I just want you to know that your story and your sweet boy have really touched me. I know that he is a little spirit who came to earth to get his body and to strengthen the rest of us. A little spirit that was so good that he didn't need to be tested here but was here to enrich the lives of others. I know you will be a family with him in heaven some day. And then you will have eternity with him and he will have a perfect, strong pain free body. <3 Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. I cried half the night watching him dance and blow kisses. <3 What a blessing he is. Congratulations on your pregnancy. I truly believe your new baby is in heaven right now with Tripp and that they are family there and that the baby knows Tripp is their brother.

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  83. God is listening! Congratulation to you and your Husband!!!

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  84. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I am so incredibly happy for you! I'm sure that Tripp is very excited for you, too. How wonderful!

    Keep posting!

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  85. I'm so happy for you! I was reading some of your past posts and can imagine how you feel about feeling guilty when you should be able to feel happy when in certain situations. I know you know this, but every good and perfect gift comes from Heaven and Tripp was a gift. You were a wonderful mother to him and God is giving you another gift so please don't feel guilty to feel happy and joyful in everything you do. Sadness will be there but don't let guilt hold you back from truly enjoying life. It's ok and people want to see you happy.

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  86. Congrats to both of you! I was so happy to read the good news. Tripp will be keeping a keen eye on your new little one & will be a special guardian angel for him/her. Best Wishes.

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  87. I've been following along for a few years now and this post just made me so happy for you both! Congrats!

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  88. So glad to see you're back! Congratulations on the wonderful gift! You sound like you are doing very well and you sound happy. That is fantastic. That is exactly what Tripp would have wanted for his amazing mommy! Can't wait to read more!
    So good to have you back!

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  89. Congratulations to both of you! I am so happy to hear about your pregnancy! All of you will be included in my prayers! Lots of love from Austria

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  90. I was so excited to read this news today! I don't know you, but this piece of news made my day happy! Such a gift!

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  91. So so so exciting!!!! Cannot wait to see him/her if you decide to share with us. Congrats!! <3

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  92. Congratulations to both of you !! I know you'll be a great mommy to this little one just as you were for Tripp.

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  93. How lovely. I'm so so so so so happy for you. I don't believe in god, but I think that you deserve every prayer. I hope your child will be healthy. Your baby boy will be her/his older sibling anyway.
    I wish you all the best all the way from Finland. <3

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  94. I keep checking the blog periodically and think of you and Tripp. I was very excited to hear that you are expecting. I will pray for you and your family. Wanted to let you know that I am thinking of your hero this week, during EB awareness week.

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  95. I'm an "old" blog reader of yours and have not been here for some time. Not sure how long! You are right about how time seems to go so quickly and then take forever at the same time! Anyway, I saw a message in my inbox today from Elfster, asking me to help them fight EB. Of course, I thought of you immediately and came on over for a peek at what you are up to and how you are doing... SO excited to hear about a new baby! Sweetest congratulations! God is so good. I can't stand the suspense of of not knowing the gender, myself. But I do know that finding out when baby is born is truly thrilling! Praying for a smooth pregnancy and delivery. May God continue to bless your life. I love that you share it with us. :)

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  96. Congrats to you all. I can't believe that Tripp is going to be a big brother. That's amazing news. I'm sure he's smiling down on y'all right now with that gorgeous, handsome smile of his. I wanted to thank you for sharing y'alls journey with us, its made such an impact on my life. I think about you & Tripp often. When I'm having a rough day, I come on & watch the videos u have posted of him. My favorite ones are of him dancing. I miss your posts, but I completely understand that you needed to take a step back & take some time to yourselves. Hope all is well and can't wait to see what's next for y'all.

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  97. Congrats to you all. I can't believe that Tripp is going to be a big brother. That's amazing news. I'm sure he's smiling down on y'all right now with that gorgeous, handsome smile of his. I wanted to thank you for sharing y'alls journey with us, its made such an impact on my life. I think about you & Tripp often. When I'm having a rough day, I come on & watch the videos u have posted of him. My favorite ones are of him dancing. I miss your posts, but I completely understand that you needed to take a step back & take some time to yourselves. Hope all is well and can't wait to see what's next for y'all.

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  98. I am so incredibly happy for you! I hope you are feeling fantastic and enjoying every minute of pregnancy!

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  99. So excited for you and Stephen!!! Congratulations!! We will add your new baby to our prayers.

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  100. Courtney! I am SO behind on this big news! I am beyond excited for you both!

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  101. Just thinking about you and Tripp and decided to pop over. I couldn't be more happy for you and this new wonderful journey you are embarking upon. You deserve all the happiness in the world. I know Tripp is watching over you and your precious little one on the way. I'm sure you'll catch a glimpse of Tripp's magic one day in the funniest of ways in your new one. May you continue to find peace. All my love from one mommy heart to another.

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  102. Congratulations!! I check in every few months and was delighted to read your news. I am so thankful you are doing well. Keep blogging!

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  103. Congratulations!! I check in every few months and was delighted to read your news. I am so thankful you are doing well. Keep blogging!

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  104. You came to my mind, so I decided to see if you had any new updates. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your precious little one! I pray the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly. May the Lord continue to bless you and Stephen!

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  105. oh a surprise!!! yayyyy, sorry I commented on most recent post asking gender, I got my amswer, The pictures are nothing short of amazing!!! i miss Tripp and look forward to seeing your new bundle of joy. Big hugs!!

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  106. Is baby here??!! Prayers all went well. Thinking of you.

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