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‘Are you competing with the Duggars?’ Our agreed upon 1 child led us to having 9 kids.’: Mom of 9 jokes she and husband would have ‘run from each other’ if they knew what future would hold

“Our son begged for ‘just one brother.’ Then we met Debbie. She was advocating for a boy with Down syndrome, to find him a forever home. I listened politely, thinking the entire time, ‘Nope, we’re full.’ Soon, we had 7 kids. I had my first-ever surprise pregnancy. I could hear the judgmental comments. ‘Do you know what causes this?’ ‘Boy, aren’t your hands full already?’”

‘I adopted a deployed soldier. I knew he’d be my husband. People thought we were nuts.’: 10 months after ‘random selection’ pairing online, couple says ‘I do’ after emotional military homecoming

“I signed up through a website where you ‘adopt’ someone who is deployed. I figured, ‘Why not help someone serving their country?’ We exchanged a few emails. Just small talk. As the days got closer to meeting him in person, I got nervous. I was hours away from meeting my potential husband. My heart just knew.”

‘Slightly panicked, I asked where she’d like to go for the first date. Anywhere in the city. ‘Steak-n-Shake. I want you to see me in all my glory,’ she replied. That’s when I truly started to fall in love.’

“I like to think I am funny, so I used the movie quote, ‘My idea of a perfect date is April 25th…’ I truly thought nothing more of it, until a few days later, when she matched with me. She sent me a message to my Tinder inbox.  ‘Because it’s not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a light Jacket.’ I was surprised.”

‘I was head over heels for a man with ‘a past’. We were an on-and-off again couple, and I thought sex would fix what was broken. I gave in.’ Young ‘sterile’ woman gets pregnant with ‘wrong man’, re-discovers love

“This decision didn’t fix anything. Instead, it all came crashing down. When he moved and we agreed to no longer see each other, I found out I was pregnant. I was completely in shock. I was told I would not be able to have children naturally. But there I was, alone, scared, unwed, and pregnant.”

‘Could it be her, after all this time?’ I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant. He raised his hands in disbelief.’: Birth mom’s unexpected reunion with daughter 17 years later

“‘Mom, that girl standing in the hallway looks just like your little butterfly.’ My daughter was in the middle of a dress rehearsal at the mall. As I turned to see this mysterious look-alike, I paused. She was there, and I was there. I stopped. ‘Your birth mother is in that room. Would you like to meet her?’”

‘I remember the specific moment he wasn’t going to make it. The nurse placed her hand over my back. I shrieked. She knew what I knew. I fought back every tear trying to escape my terrified eyes.’ Woman surprised with pregnancy after husband’s death

“To be honest, I had already suspected it, but to hear it from his mouth made it real. The night we celebrated his life, I took a pregnancy test. It was positive. It felt like a complete surprise, until I went for the ultrasound. The screen flashed. My heart literally skipped a beat. July 27th was the due date. Jesse’s birthday.”

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