Along the Broken Road

Baby on Board

I wrote this on New Year’s Eve but wasn’t quite ready to share it yet. We realized that TODAY everything is going perfectly and that should be celebrated without fear. My heart is full. Enjoy…

Reflecting on the past ten years and oh what a decade it has been!

In 2010 I graduated with my master’s and Ralf and I got engaged. I began my career as a speech-language pathologist.

At the beginning of 2011, we bought our home and at the end of 2011, we got married.

2012 was mostly a year of just enjoying each other and being newlyweds.

I think it was the beginning of 2013 that we bought our boat and started enjoying our sunset cruises around the lake.

I had a health scare in 2014 when I got diagnosed with my lymphoma that turned out to be a lot less serious than we originally thought. We decided to try to get pregnant shortly after and Mason was conceived.

The beginning of 2015 was the absolute hardest time of my life. I lost Ralf suddenly to brain cancer while I was 7 months pregnant. My little man made his debut in May of 2015 and saved me in more ways than he will ever know. He was the force that kept me going and hoping for a better life for both of us. Toward the end of 2015, I met Vinnie in person after connecting through a Facebook group for young widows and widowers. Our connection over similar losses sparked a friendship that grew into more.

In 2016 Vinnie moved down from New York to be with us in Florida. At the end of 2016 we decided to move to a new town where we could start our own story together.

We suffered through our first miscarriage in 2017.

In 2018 we had another miscarriage shortly after we decided to get married. We had a perfect, intimate, and very emotional wedding in September.

The beginning of 2019 brought a wonderful job opportunity for Vinnie. We decided to try again and had our third miscarriage. It was devastating. We underwent testing to search for some answers and received none. Everything was absolutely normal. Mason started asking for a sibling incessantly and so we decided to try one more time, despite being very scared.

Now at the end of 2019 we find ourselves 9 weeks pregnant with a baby whose heartbeat is very strong. This pregnancy has looked healthy from the beginning (as evidenced by my nausea and fatigue). We know so very well that nothing is guaranteed in this life, but we are ending this year full of gratitude and hope.

In my heart I believe that 2020 will be the year that we become a family of four.

2020 will be the year I get to witness Mason become a wonderful big brother.

2020 will be the year that I will get to welcome a new life into this world with my husband at my side, holding my hand, as it should be.

And with all the surprises, new blessings, and challenges that are sure to come our way, the one thing I know for certain is that we will get through it all.

Cheers to 2020!

💙,

Maeghan

21 comments

  1. I have been following your story since day 1 and you are such an incredible inspiration to so many women and families. I am so very happy for your union with Vinnie and all of your successes despite trials and tribulations. Congratulations on your new bundle and may God bless your family always.

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  2. Lissette

    I’m so happy for you I’ve been following your journey of loss as I’ve experienced my own with my brother to an unexpected death and this grief is is overwhelming. I love reading your inspirations You are a blessed woman god loves you and will walk you through this new chapter in your life. keep strong many blessings for you your family and that little man with such a big heart

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  3. Mayra

    Maeghan, I have been following you since Ralfs passing. We are friends of Your in-laws. I pray for you and your beautiful family every day. As you know, God has his ways and I pray 2020 blesses you with health and love. Want you to know that as you share your life with all of us, you serve as an inspiration for us. May god bless you all!

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  4. Barbie R

    Congratulations. Continue strong and faithful. Your story is filled with hope, Love, strength and faith beyond words. God bless you and your family always. You’re such an inspiration! Happy New Year!

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  5. Maria Serralta Valera

    You’ve been through so much that I just know this time, everything will be just fine. Have faith and continue being strong and thinking happy thoughts. I’m pray for you!! God hears our prayers. God bless you all and your new baby on the way! Cheers to a wonderful 2020!

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    • Susy mier

      I’m extremely happy for u and ur family… I have been following u since the passing of Ralf. May god protect you
      and yes 2020 has started awesome for u it is a blessing…..

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  6. Sylvia

    I am so genuinely happy for you! May God protect you, your family and that baby that is destined to bring you much happiness! So excited to follow along this journey with you! Thank you for opening your heart to us! ❤️

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  7. Ileana

    Congratulations! I have followed your story. You have been through so much is such a short time. I don’t know that many of us would have been able to surpass a fraction of what you have been through. I pray that 2020 will continue to bless you and yours, and that it’s sealed with the joy of a new life growing inside of you. God bless you and your family always!🙏🙏

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  8. Adria

    This is so beautiful!!! Very happy for you, Vinnie and little Mason! After all, life is full of beautiful and challenging moments. But we should always find a way to keep trusting the process and try to be happy! Congrats!!! You are a fighter! Very proud of you, Maeghan!!!!🥰

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    • Zuy

      Maeghan & Vinnie Congratulstions & God Bless you both and Mason always, IMaeghan I have followed your story since the very beginning at SMH, You and Vinnie are an example snd inspire many. Many Blessings I can’t wait to read more of your postings and welcome Baby Galbo, I am very happy for you and Vinnie CONGRATULATIONS

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  9. Michelle

    Praise God! What a blessing. Congratulations. Praying for a continued healthy pregnancy. Can’t wait to see your beautiful family of four!

    Sent from my iPhone

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