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Caledonia, Northern Illinois, United States
I am a Thirty-Something mother of four beautiful girls. My love for them, and the joy I've experienced during this crazy ride called motherhood, has inspired me to help make the dream of a family become a reality for couples through gestational surrogacy. I've proudly helped A&T, as their lives were forever changed when they welcomed a son in April 2010 and K&S were blessed as parents in Sept 2012 when we welcomed their twin boys. I completed my final surrogacy journey Nov 2015 when I helped a wonderful local couple J&W and Big Brother add their family with the birth of twin boys. I am so very fortunate to have wonderful relationships with each one of my surro-families and continue to share in their lives.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


32 weeks, about another month till we meet these babies!!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

More Fall Fun (GS#1)

We were able to sneak in a visit to a favorite fall destination, Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch over the weekend.  This time we were joined by my first surro-family - Giovanni and his parents A&T.

It was a beautiful day and the kids had fun as usual running through the haunted house, jumping on the bouncy pillow, visiting the exotic animals and playing in the corn crib.

Mr. G is now in Kindergarten and the transition went well.  He's enjoying school and making friends.  IF couldn't wait to put Giovanni in soccer so he's being introduced to that now and having fun with it.  The family also recently moved out of the city and more towards the suburbs closer to grandparents.  We are looking forward to seeing their new space when we visit again in December, which will be here before we know it.

I have a few pics to add to the photo album, can't believe how big this special guy is.  He's grown so fast!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015 (GS#2)

Although we just saw the boys recently at their 3rd birthday party, we were also able to sneak in our annual Pumpkin Patch visit with the twins last weekend.  It was fun to see Ryan and Mason and Daddy.  The boys enjoyed pony rides, inflatables and snacks and kept us all busy as they explored with our girls.  This year we opted to stay a little closer to our hometown since I'm carrying J&W's lil ones and feeling very pregnant these days.

Here are a few pics of our day.

Mason taking the lead pony

Howdy Mason
Giddy-up Ryan

Friday, October 9, 2015

An Incredible Loss

Yesterday evening the surrogacy community was rocked as news poured in that a fellow experienced surrogate from Idaho had just lost her life near the very end of her current journey. She was 37 weeks with twins, scheduled to be induced today, but suffered from complications yesterday and could not be saved. She leaves behind a husband and 3 boys. The surrotwins she was carrying, who were delivered by emergency cesarean, are in critical condition and fighting for their lives.

This outcome is rare, the first I've heard of in the eight years I've been involved in this process, but the news comes at a vulnerable time seeing as I am 31 weeks pregnant with surrotwins myself.

 While we surrogates understand that there are risks involved when helping others expand their families, we make informed decisions along the way and have many backup plans in place just in case, knowing its all worth it to help ease the heartache of an infertile couple. Until the worst case scenario does happen. My heart is so heavy over this situation. Please keep this family, and the twins family, in your thoughts and prayers.