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Our New Home

Last week Erick and I moved in to our new home -- The Maternal Special Care Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital. Who thought a hospital room could feel...homey?  Ours sort of feels that way.  We’re all settled, which is good because we plan to stay here for the next eight weeks until our twin boys are born.

Two months ago we found out that our unborn twins were at risk.  They are sharing the same amniotic sac and the same placenta. (Babies are supposed to have their own.  Our boys are already learning to share.) This puts them at great risk for cord entanglement, and unequal placental sharing, among other things.  In addition to that, one of our boys, who we call Baby A, is showing multiple birth defects from the waist down.

The risk of mortality is so great that, at 24 weeks pregnant, I was admitted to Vanderbilt Hospital so the twins’ heart rates could be monitored every day.  Depending on how they are doing, they could be delivered by emergency C-section at any time.  All we can do is watch and pray, and believe that they will be fine in there, all the way up to our planned C-section delivery at 32 week gestation, which will be at the end of September.

In the mean time, we would so appreciate your prayers and support.  I am a people person, and would be blessed and strengthened by any visits or well-wishes.  Also, if you’d like to bring food to the hospital, that would be so helpful, because Erick is staying with me here too and we don’t have a kitchen.  I get hospital meals delivered, but he doesn’t, and it is getting expensive to buy meals out. Please schedule a visit on the calendar on this website if you’d like to come over.  Or if you would like to send a card you can mail it to 109 Oak Hollow Hermitage, TN 37076.

Above all, we need your prayers and faith.  We are believing for healing for Baby A, for a safe pregnancy, and for big healthy twins.  Please join with us.  We love and appreciate you!


"Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9

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  • Jamie Dimon : Hi Joanna, I’m Jamie we are a MAF family serving in EDRC. Know that I’m praying for you and those precious babies. We serve a big God so we will ask boldly for a BIG miracle. May the Lord bless and keep you!
  • Yasmin Ortiz : You have all the love and support from your G2 family!
  • Terry Martinez : You are in my prayers and on our prayer chain through my Bible study and church! We serve a God of miracles and He is in complete control throughout your pregnancy! He knew these precious boys before they were even formed in your womb and He has a plan and purpose for each one of them beyond our imagination! May God keep you patient, safe, expectant, and hopeful! Love you two, or should I say four!!!
  • Becky Peterson : Praying for the 4 of you! Would love to see you soon with food in hand!
  • Danielle Stewart : Stewy and I prayed for the 4 of you on our walk and cannot wait to see you soon and have a fun dinner visit. So much love to you all!
  • Giselle Annette : God is in control and everything is going to be alright. Hugs