I met Lisa about 10 years ago at church when we were in a small group together and once I found out that she was a hairstylist she became my go-to girl for hair cuts. We also quickly became friends. A few years ago, even when I was living in Aurora, I would drive 45 minutes to Elgin just to have her cut my hair. It was our time to catch up, chat and stay connected. Bill and Lisa have been trying for years to get pregnant, and I've been honored and humbled to watch them through the years walk this difficult journey with such faith, determination and hope. After finding out they couldn't get pregnant naturally, they did a round of IVF to try to get pregnant, but it didn't take. What's even worse is they had to wait a whole year before trying IVF again because of insurance coverage. They did IVF again at the beginning of last year, and it didn't work...again. Lisa also found out after the 2nd failed IVF that her body carried the Natural Killer cell, which means if she did get pregnant her body would attack the baby as if it were an invader. Unreal.
Enter Lisa's friend Kelli. Lisa and Kelli became fast friends through their YouTube channels, and Kelli was a faithful friend walking through this infertility journey with Lisa, when, unbelievably, Kelli offered to be an egg donor for Lisa. (You can learn more about Lisa's journey on her YouTube page here, and Kelli's story here.) So…to make a long emotional story short, Lisa's friend Kelli donated her eggs, Lisa was implanted with the eggs…and Lisa finally.became.pregnant. After years of trying! Friends, this baby is a miracle…well, every baby is, but after watching your friend go through so much heart ache and loss to become pregnant, when it finally happens, you can't deny that its a miracle! We've prayed long and hard for this baby, and God has answered in amazing ways!
Around the time Lisa was going through her second IVF and it failed, I got pregnant with Shay. I was nervous to visit Lisa, as I knew how hard they were trying to become pregnant, yet Michael pretty much looked at me and I got pregnant this time around (and don't worry, y'all, I know that's not how babies are made). It just didn't seem fair, and I was afraid to tell Lisa. I text her before I drove to her house and told her and said I didn't have to come over if it would be too hard to be around me, and this is what Lisa said, "I appreciate you saying that but please don't apologize ever. Everyone's journey is different." How true this is, and how gracious of her to have that outlook. For anyone reading this that has struggled with infertility, please remember those wise words…everyone is on their own journey, you never know when your time will come, but take heart and have hope, anything is possible, just ask Lisa and Bill :)