Okay... so we are pulling into Scott and Tisha's drive way Thursday evening when my phone rings. It's Tish and she says... "Daddy, where are you?" To which I reply, "I am sitting in your drive way." She says... "Oh!" and hangs up. This wasn't all that unusual, nor was walking into the house to find her and Ashley laughing uncontrollably (or were they crying?). What was very unusual was to hear Ashley say... "I think I'm pregnant!"
Tish handed Jarrett to Brenda and she and Ashley dashed to Wal-Mart to purchase a more reliable pregnancy test than the dollar store special Ashley had just used. In a few minutes they were back, and in a few more minutes, Ashley emerged from the bathroom to proclaim that she was sure enough pregnant and her and Brenda embraced for a good cry right there in the hall.
Next it was time to figure out how to break the news to Shane. It didn't take long for the girls to work up a plan... they would place a onesy, a blanket, and a note reading "YOU'RE GOING TO BE A DADDY!" in the bottom of a gift bag and let Bree give it to Shane when he arrived. I called Shane and told him to come immediately to Tisha's house and... after about 30 minutes, he walked in the door and sat down in a child size chair and received the gift from Bree. He pulled the onesy from the bag and then the diaper. Then he looked up to notice Tish had a camera on him and we were all looking at him. He asked Tish why she was videoing him, looked at his mom and then looked back into the gift bag, this time seeing the note. I can't describe what happened next, so I'll just say he was overwhelmed. I'm thankful I didn't miss out on this moment.
In the Summer of 2007, Shane was told that he would never be able to father a child. It was a difficult time for him and Ashley... for all of us. I've probably cried a thousand tears... not for me, but for them. Shortly after learning this, they found out Tish was pregnant again and that two of our neices were pregnant again as well. I watched the two of them handle this difficulty of life probably as well as it it could be handled. I have been proud of them and now I am proud for them.
This morning Shane sent a text to his mom... "Guess what? I'm going to be a dad!" I just had lunch with Brenda, Tish, Bree, Jarrett, and Ashley... couldn't help but notice a glow about Ashley I have never seen before.
Strange how God changes things...
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