8:39. 8:40.

Exactly 8 years ago, our life changed. Moments we’ll long remember, the anxiety and waiting, the sounds of too many nurses and doctors in one room. The ceaseless beeping, the strained, strident noise of too many instruments doing their job. And then a lull. A silent, suspended slice of time; a wordless, pleading prayer felt in a mother’s heart. Anticipation. Waiting. One small moment. And then some of the sweetest sounds a parent can ever hear.

Times two.


‘Baby A! It’s a boy!’

‘Baby B! It’s a little girl!’

In that moment, I knew.

From 1 child to 3.

A 300% increase in the span of 37 seconds.

From a family of 3 to a family of 5.

From expecting to experiencing.

Life would never be the same.



[now.]- Home from school on their birthday. Sick. I’m told ‘this is not fun at all, Mom.’ I tend to agree.

8 years. Ready for many, many more.


April 5, 2011 - 10:13 am

Jeff - Happy birthday wishes to them both, hope they feel better very soon!

April 5, 2011 - 10:43 am

Jill - Happy Birthday Connor & Nora. I think you need to come to MN for some fresh air and you’ll feel a lot better :-)

April 5, 2011 - 11:02 am

Melinda - Happy Birthday Connor and Nora!! We love you very much. Love Uncle Dan, Aunt Minna, Carter and Kerigan

April 5, 2011 - 11:52 am

Sarah G - Happy Birthday you two! Hope you feel better :) Love, Sarah and Brandon

April 5, 2011 - 12:54 pm

Kayla - HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONNOR AND NORA!! I’m sorry you’re both sick at home on your birthday :( You’ll just have to celebrate again when your both feeling better!! I think we should celebrate birthday months, not just birth “days”. Hope you two get better real soon and have a happy, happy birthday!!!

April 5, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Shara - I hear you with the sick children – it is NO fun!
You have my undying respect for raising twins. Sometimes I think 1 is more than I can handle. Mostly when he’s sick!

April 5, 2011 - 4:16 pm

Colleen - Happy 8th B-DAY Connor Bear and Nory Girl! Love from the Luginbuhls! Get well wishes to all! You all need some fresh spring air!

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