Theresa+Billy {expecting}

“You know, once you get married, that’s all people ask you.  ‘When are you having a baby?  When are you starting a family?’  After five years go by, some might think you’re weird.  After seven, everyone thinks something’s wrong with you.  We’ve been married for 12.  I can’t imagine what people where thinking.”

I’ve known Billy all my life.  Being that he’s my older cousin, he’s always “been”.  I’ve always enjoyed his banter, the way he gives in to playing with our Uncle Timmy, the way he hugs and kisses me every time we say hello and goodbye.  And for as long as I care to remember, Theresa has been by his side.  More quiet than her counterpart, a bit more reserved, they always seemed to balance one another out.  They married young but have been steadfast in their relationship, growing together, being the best husband and wife they could be for one another.

Billy and Theresa.  They were meant to be.  Just ask anyone that knows them.

Married for several years without children, I always thought they had the same reasoning as I do: that kids really weren’t on the to do list.  But then I understand why some people keep things quiet, why everyone doesn’t shout from the rooftops that they’re “trying” to become parents.  Theresa confessed they had been trying.  For seven years.  And after seeing specialists and seeking treatments, it just got to be too much of a burden.  “If we’re not meant to be parents, then so be it…” They had each other, their health, their families and their doggins Bella and Buttercup.  To put  faith and prayer into something beyond your control takes a lot out of a person.  To come to terms, let realization settle in, can be discouraging and sometimes heart breaking.

Not every story has a happy ending.

But this one does.

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

Theresa+Billy {expecting}

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December 5, 2011 - 11:39 am

Melanie - Thanks boo, now I want to have another baby! ;) These are wonderful, you can definitely see the love they have for each other.

December 5, 2011 - 12:15 pm

Theresa Clifford - Brooke….. where do I start…. with tears in my eyes I say you did a wonderful job capturing the love we have for each other…
Life is what you make of it and ultimately you have to come to the realization that God is in control!

You described us perfectly… yes I am the more reserved of the two ;)
We are so happy and in love with the thought of our new addition!
Thank you for the wonderful pictures!

Bella & Buttercup loved meeting you, and Lady too!

December 5, 2011 - 12:20 pm

Brooke - I am so happy for you two and I can’t wait to meet my new baby cousin, whomever he or she may be. It was a pleasure to spend the morning with you guys. And I haven’t stopped thinking about your 4-legged kids – I love all 3 of them!

December 5, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Dawn - That’s such a beautiful story! I’m so glad it has a happy ending, and you captured it beautifully.

January 3, 2012 - 7:17 am

My Top Picks of 2011 | Shutterboo Photography - […] My cousins who are expecting their first child in February.  This definitely took the top spot of any other photographs I took in November – I got so many awesome photos in November… but this one takes the cake because I cannot help but smile.  I could not be happier for them, knowing that it’s taken years to get to this point, but in a matter of weeks, they’ll be a family of three.  I am so excited. […]

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