It has been a while since I sent out an email and blog post, but I figured it was time!! How have y'all been? These last few years have been a doozy, haven’t they with the pandemic and all that entailed?
We had our own excitement here in the
Hodges’ household. Of course, the Covid shutdown really cramped our plans and put life on hold. It was a sad time in our world, but we were able to make some amazing memories together as a family; memories I will cherish forever.
Halloween of 2020 we found out we were expecting again!! To remind you though, at the time we had a 6 and 8 turning 9 year old. We thought, “Why not?” Well, fast forward about 5 weeks and we had the shock of a lifetime… We found out we were having TWINS!!!!! What??!!! Y'all, I about died!!! We were so surprised but excited at the same time.
I had an OK pregnancy. It wasn’t easy, and we had a few moments that I thought “Lord, you are gonna have to get me through this! I don’t think I can handle this.” However, on June 4, 2021 we welcomed our son, Henry Eden Hodges and our daughter Elsie Grace Hodges to the clan. Life was immediately changed!! We fell instantly in love with both of them and feel so blessed! They both did some time in the NICU. Elsie was a champ and was out with in a week, and Henry followed two days later.
If you follow me or my family on social media you might have also seen that we had one more little bit of excitement at the very same time. On June 12, 2021 after being at the NICU looking after baby Henry, I returned home to the rest of the family. I realized quickly that something was not right with my son, Patrick. To make a long story short, God was watching out for him, and we decided to rush him to Vanderbilt Children’s where we later found out our suspicions were correct. He was admitted and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. To say we were heartbroken and scared would be an understatement. But GOD… God showed out and guided us at every turn. He placed the right people in our path and provided us with the most amazing support system. We are so thankful that all four of our children are here with us safe and sound.
So needless to say we have had quite the learning curve the last 19 months going from 2 to 4 kids and one being a type 1 diabetic as well as celiac. We have a whole new outlook on life and thank the Lord everyday for His provision.
So here we are beginning 2023…. It feels as if it was just yesterday when last I made a post like this but really its been almost 3 years. I have missed you all so much. I have missed my friends and watching your families grow and change. I have missed the laughter, sweet baby smiles, and chasing little people all over (even though I do it all day now). I am ready to jump back in and start documenting lives again. I have my creative juices flowing, and I can’t wait to share them with you. The first idea will be coming up soon… Cuddle Minis!! Watch for more info on those coming soon! Mark your calendars for February 11 + 12th!!! And a few more of the sweet newborn twins and an updated family photo because I just can't help myself!! LOL