Often, when people go through prolonged ᴘᴀɪɴ, trauma, and ʟᴏss, keeping hope can seem challenging. However, it should never be forgotten that, no matter how dark it may seem, things will end up in place.
Some of the most ᴘᴀɪɴꜰᴜʟ and ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ life experiences change people in ways they never thought possible. Today’s story covers a similar theme and is about the power of hope, faith, love, and miracles. Courtney and Eric Waldrop had already formed a party in high school. The two of them had always felt like there was an invisible bond between them. They went to college together and then got married in 2004 after graduating. They were infinitely happy when their first child, Saylor, was born in 2008.
Barely a year had passed since they felt they wanted another child, but unfortunately, one ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ followed another in Courtney’s life, and she was also diagnosed with a sᴇᴠᴇʀᴇ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴄʟᴏᴛ problem.
“We had a very hard time wearing it because I got pregnant relatively easily, but my body didn’t support the baby,” Courtney said.
However, the couple did not give up. They tried all the ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛs that the doctors recommended and they finally got the result. The twins, Wales and Bridge, were born in January 2012, but the parents still wanted a child after that.
“From a very young age, I dreamed that one day I would have a big house full of kids,” Courtney said.
In 2017, an ultrasound scan revealed that Courtney was expecting six babies. The family was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ to hear the news.
“I was scared to ᴅ.ᴇᴀᴛʜ. Since I’m a bit too tall, I was afraid of how I was going to carry them out. There was a lot of fear in me. We didn’t know what to do or what to think,” Courtney said.
However, the joyful moment was soon overshadowed by the potential ʀɪsᴋ of carrying six babies at a time, including sᴛʀᴏᴋᴇ, ʜɪɢʜ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴘʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ, ᴜʀɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴛʀᴀᴄᴛ ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs, and ɢᴇsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴅɪᴀʙᴇᴛᴇs.
Doctors advised the couple to “reduce the number of children” in order to increase the chances of others surviving, because otherwise very serious ʀɪsᴋ factors could occur. Although it was a difficult decision, the couple knew what to do.
“Our faith in God is very strong and we never thought we would consider it,” Mom explained.
Courtney and Eric were grateful to the doctors for telling them everything clearly, but they thought it best to let go of their fears and rely on their faith.
“When we let go and trusted everything to God, those fears, though we knew the ʀɪsᴋs were still there, were gone,” Courtney said.
“I just want them to be healthy, healthy, healthy. That’s all I can ask for,” he added.
To the great delight of the family, they were all born healthy in December 2017, at the age of 30 weeks. The 11-member Waldrop family is happier than ever, thanking God every minute that the greatest wish of their lives has been fulfilled.