Today our oldest son turns nine. It is hard to believe it has been nine years since we set out on this journey. He wasn't due until March 15, so he made his debut a little early. He was our miracle and we are so blessed to be his parents. I thought this would be a good time to tell the story of how Joshua was a direct answer to prayer. I wanted a baby the day we got married. Luckily, God is much wiser than I, and He knew that wasn't a good plan. After we had been married about two years we started trying to find a reason as to why we weren't able to conceive. After a year in which I had surgery and six months of hormone shots, my doctor told me that my chances of getting pregnant were pretty slim. We began to contemplate adoption. At that time I was working for an attorney who offered to help us with the adoption process. A couple of months went by and she came in on a Monday morning and said she had to tell me something. She had visited a church the night before to hear someone she knew speak. She said that after the preacher had dismissed everyone, he said that everyone should wait because the Lord told him to say something. He said that someone there was trying to get pregnant, or they knew someone who was trying to get pregnant. He said that his wife needed to pray over that person, because she had the gift of intersession, specifically to pray for those who could not conceive. When my boss came in on Monday she told me that she knew he was talking about me, so his wife would be coming by the office to pray over me. She came in on Tuesday to pray. She told me that if I didn't get pregnant right away to not let Satan steal my joy. That statement really moved me. Anyway, less than two weeks later I was having a pampered chef party at my house. I wasn't feeling that great and my Aunt Nikki kept saying, "I think you're pregnant." I hoped it was true, but I didn't want to get my hopes up. I waited two more days and then decided to take a pregnancy test. It was positive. John was sitting outside the bathroom, and when I told him it was positive, he just said, "I knew it." God's timing was perfect and today we once again celebrate the gift of our Joshua. Happy Birthday son! We love you and are so thankful that God allowed us to be your parents.