Just Dance

Just Dance


Eleven years ago this week I sat in the NICU and watched the monitors.

I was never really sure exactly what all the numbers on the screens meant or understood the constant beeping or the lines that went up and down….scrolling and rescrolling and then scrolling again.

I never really understood any of it.

But that didn’t matter.

Because I knew….that I knew….that I knew.

I knew if I sat and just watched those screens…..

….if I sat in that still, dark room with the lights of the monitors blinking in the darkness….and kept an ever-present watch.

Nothing bad could possibly happen.


I watched because the doctors said the list of the bad things that could happen was endless.

They were twins.

They were born almost three months early.

They only weighed two pounds and some change.

And the doctors talked to us in soft low tones with voices that said, “Brace yourself.”

And “Prepare.”

And “The road ahead is perilous and winding and full of steep cliffs and dark valleys and a long treacherous journey.”

And they bandied about words like kidney issues and brain bleeds and vision problems and on and on and on….

….until I wanted to scream.


I wanted to scream from the frustration and worry and the pressure and the feeling like my heart was breaking in two and all the scary, frightening unknowns.

But I couldn’t.

I was supposed to be strong and courageous and patient and full of faith.

But I wasn’t.

And so I sat.

And watched the numbers and the monitors and the oxygen stats and the endless beeping…..

….and silently screamed in my head.

Twins-hydrangea And then one day…something wonderful happened.

Something incredible.

As the nurse and I sat silently together in the NICU unit….one of the twins slowly raised her leg into the air and swirled it around.

Then she lowered it.

And raised it and swirled it again.

And in that moment….in that brief flash of a second….it felt like that tiny two-pound girl fighting for her life…..

….was trying to dance.


She didn’t know the odds.

She didn’t know about the beeping and monitors and the possible complications and the long journey ahead.

She didn’t listen.

She didn’t worry or fret or care.

She just danced.


They never looked back….those two dancers of mine.

They called them the “baby ballerinas” of the NICU.

The nurses cheered and encouraged and made these signs to hang on their incubators.

And week after week passed…..bringing improvement after improvement.

Each day they grew stronger….and bigger and bigger and breathed on their own and yawned and stretched and opened their eyes.

Until one day they defied all the odds and came home….

…dancing every step of the way. πŸ™‚

Happy birthday my wonderful incredible ballerinas.Β 

I love you.

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  1. What a wonderful heart touching story. You have me in tears, so I read the story to my husband, and now we both are in tears. You have two beautiful daughters…..Thanks for sharing and Happy Birthday to them.

  2. I am a Labor and Delivery RN and worked at a High Risk OB unit for almost 8 years. It’s a joyous job for the most part, the other parts are very dark and painful for the patients (and to a much smaller extent – us, the staff). I always thought that I connected with my patients, that we bonded. Yet the special bond we may have shared is NOTHING to what the wonder staff upstairs formed. The ladies and gents of the NICU are so fabulous. Words fail to express my thanks to so many of those wonderful people. They are with the babies for so very long and become so close to the parents.
    I’m so glad that your babies are alive, well and so gorgeous. You expressed what so many of my patients faces told me for so many years. I can’t imagine what you went through, and am so glad that you had caring nurses to help you through. Bless you and those gorgeous girls!

  3. Tears are flowing but my heart is happy…in fact it is dancing for all of you. Happy Birthday to your “tiny dancers” that is the song that is playing over and over in my head. The world holds so many joys for them and I can tell you one thing…their parents are their biggest joy : ) hugs…

  4. beautiful story…..thanks for sharing and happy birthday!

  5. Happy Birthday to your beautiful twins…God is amazing!

  6. It’s amazing that they did those pretty signs & wonderful that you kept them. Are they taking dancing lessons?
    I was also born premature (not so much thou) & at home in a no traffic light village. I guess my boankets were my incubator

  7. **Happy, happy birthday to your beautiful ballerinas!** Isn’t it precious what the Lord will do even when all we can find deep, deep inside our hurt, fear and frustration… is faith the size of a mere mustard seed? Have a blessed year sweet family! πŸ™‚

  8. What a touching story! You are blessed to have two beautiful daughters. Happy birthday to those wonderful girls!

  9. What a sweet story. Love that fierce-mama watchfulness. Love the ballerina babies! They look just like their mama! xo Celebrate today! =)

  10. What a lovely way to start my day, sweet Kari! Those beautiful ballerinas are so lucky to have a mama with such a tender heart. Blessings for their year ahead!!
    xo Heidi

  11. Beautifully written Karianne, you are so talented in weaving words and making us feel what you felt. Happy birthday to your little ballerinas!

  12. Happy Birthday to your girls; may they dance their way through life the same way with no worry or fret.

  13. Tears in my coffee today! Tears of joy as you celebrate the lives of your beautiful ballerinas. Happy Birthday girls. I hope you know your Momma is truly a treasure.

  14. Happy birthday to your two little twirling and swirling dancers!


  15. Your Ballerina Babies are beautiful! KariAnne, I relate with you and this story more than you know! Twins. Preemies. NICU for 3 months. {Heart Surgery}…. Yep, I KNOW all too well, that emotional rollercoaster. My boys are 5 (born during Memorial weekend-go figure!) and they are full of life. Happy Birthday to the girls!
    p.s. I always do something for myself on their birthday too. Low key and simple like getting a Starbucks and sitting somewhere and thinking about the day they were born. Life is pretty amazing. Sometimes it hurts like hell but the blessings are far greater and enough to pull us through. Happy Birth-day KariAnne, you did good!

  16. Happy birthday to your lovely children. As a child who 57 years ago defied the odds and as a pastor I dance around with you this day. Be good to yourselves and celebrate each day. Dance wherever and whenever you can

  17. Happy 11th birthday baby ballerinas!!!

  18. My twin sons are 23 now, but your words brought it all back to me like it was yesterday. The smaller one was 1 lb 14 oz at birth and everyone a the hospital called him a fighter. What miracles happen in NICUs.

  19. Happy tears this morning after reading your story. Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  20. What an inspiring and honest post! My heart rejoices with you today. Happy Birthday to two adorable(then and now) ballerinas!

  21. Happy Birthday sweet girls! Somehow I think I know who the choreographer was.
    Happy Thursday!

  22. Amazing story and amazing girls! Happy Birthday!

  23. God Bless!! Happy Birthday and may you always dance!

  24. Yours posts always make me feel something. This one, tears and smiles and joy. Happy birthday to your babies and hugs to mumma xx

  25. Amazing God we worship and adore and His miracles continue to astound us. I am crying as I write and relive those very precious days when we didn’t know beauty except as tiny skin and bones but did know that they were fighters. We prayed and loved and they fought and God won. I love you and I soooo love them. Hugs and kisses all around Beautiful.

  26. What an inspirational story to start the day off and to be reminded how precious life is… Your twins are beautiful and can only imagine what lies ahead of them in their future! Enjoy their birthday with them KariAnne as it’s your day of celebration as well:)

  27. Wishing you and your precious ballerinas many, many more Happy Birthdays!

  28. Beautiful…inspiring….touching……what a lovely story and what lovely ballerina’s you have. My granddaughter spent weeks in NICU and a first year with lots of surgeries. When I watch her dance and sing and laugh and play now that she is 3, I am so thankful !!!!

  29. Holy Cow….you are such an awesome writer and your dancin’ girls are so beautiful. I really got carried away with this story with it’s amazing outcome…..never mind about the Apple French Toast I stole from you and your mother and posted about today….it seems very uneventful compared to THIS beautiful story….

  30. I could tell you I am crying tears of joy and Thanksgiving, but the accurate description would be sobbing. Oh, how we love our babies, and how we love our God. And, I love you, too, KariAnne.

    Give your little champions an extra hug from me.

  31. There you go again…reducing me to a puddle of whimpers and sobs, only to slowly put me back together, patch up my heart and send me back out in the world a better person for having shared your truth…your life…your love. We have a “miracle” child in our midst as well…my nephew Brian.Born at 2lbs…down to 1.5…and the prognosis was bleak…they prepared my sister for the worst…but he defied the odds…thrashing about the incubator…pulling all his IVs out and fighting for his life.Brian is 42 years young…with two beautiful girls of his own…and is the son I was never able to have.He, like your girls…represents the power of knowing in your heart what the world would explain away! Aren’t we incredibly blessed….I never miss an opportunity to tell my nephew how proud I am of him and what an amazingly devoted single Dad he is…our gift from God! I truly love visiting with you….Bless you xoxo

  32. So…you made my cheeks wet this morning. Happy birthday to your twins!

  33. Happy birthday to your daughters, a beautiful story.

  34. Lisa Montgomery :

    Sandy, What a beautiful, moving tale of life, its struggles and overcoming. So well written because it was truly written with your heart! Enjoy your precious girls. They are lucky to have you for their mother. Lisa

  35. Awww … Happy Birthday to your strong and beautiful dancers! xo

  36. Beautiful, sweet story Karianne. I’m glad you shared this with us. God is good, and your girls are darling.

    I hope all of you enjoy the birthday celebration today!



  37. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. Good things do come in small packages! Keep dancing and have a wonderful birthday girls!

  38. Thank you for such a beautiful story! And a big Happy Birthday to your daughters…God bless them and your wonderful family…

  39. I love this story, Karianne! So glad you are celebrating today πŸ™‚

  40. Well, now you’ve gone and done it…you made me cry. πŸ™‚ Seriously, God is so good! What a blessing your twins are.

  41. Karianne … I know you really feel the blessings of your beautiful girls today . Your thoughts and words were extraordinary . I am the lucky mom of 19 year old twins and I have been a respiratory therapist in a NICU for more than 20 years . The NICU roller coaster is such a difficult challenge but the rewards can be enormous . All the best to you and your family and Happy Birthday to the ballerinas !

  42. Beautiful story! Thank you so much Karianne for sharing that! My twins were on heart monitors at first when they were born, but they were very healthy. So I was blessed. It doesn’t take away the worry or the feeling of helplessness, but God is there with us through it all. I am so glad that your beautiful twins are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to the girls!!!

  43. Congratulations and happy birthday to your girls! Way to defy odds and dance on! Confession: I’m reading this as my students are taking an exam and I really hope that they don’t notice that I’m seconds from tearing up! Keep on dancin’ girls!

  44. Beautiful post! The lovely twins look like their mom! Happy Birthday, girls!

  45. Seriously, you need to write for a living. You have a gift! I have a hard time writing a paragraph! Happy Birthday to the Ballerinas!

  46. You’ve made me cry again! Happy birthday to your beautiful girls πŸ™‚ Being a mama is so hard and wonderful and terrifying and joyful all at once, isn’t it? I know everyone says that, but it doesn’t get any less true for all the repetition.

  47. I’m speechless!!!!! So sweet.

  48. Your story is so touching! I can only imagine how you must have felt! You’re a shining example of God’s love! You share your gift of storytelling everyday with us! Your “Baby Ballerinas” are adorable and so blessed to have you as their mom! Happy Birthday!!!

  49. Go girls and be HAPPY. Kiss your mama.

  50. What a beautiful story…Happy Birthday to your beautiful dancing daughters! πŸ˜‰

  51. In a couple of weeks, I will remember my experience in labor with our daughter Kelly who was born 6 weeks premature due to an automobile accident we were involved in. The staff at the hospital was excellent and although, she weighed only 3 lbs. 13oz, she was perfect. Happy Birthday to your miracles and sweet dancers, XOXO

  52. Happy Birthday girls! Don’t you just love when God proves the doctors wrong!! Thanks for sharing.

  53. KariAnne,
    You are gifted in so many ways. Thank you for sharing this beautifully inspiring story.

  54. Love how you love those whirly twirly girls!

  55. Happy, Happy Birthday to your gorgeous twins, Karianne! May they never stop dancing!

  56. Happy tears! Your daughters are beautiful and look a lot like you. I’m sure you were doing the happy dance the day they came home πŸ™‚

  57. Thank you, Jesus.

  58. Lovely story..lovely daughters..glad all worked out..

  59. Thank you for always encouraging your readers through your life and your story. Today is one day that just feels heavy and full of despair as we raise our two adopted teenagers. The task feels impossible. I know it isn’t but the weight of it is still the same. Thank you for reminding me of my blessings. Love you, girl!

  60. HBTLKA.

    Happy Birthday Two Little Kari Annes.

  61. Karieanne, you have been gifted in amazing ways! I know that God is using those gifts to touch hearts and lives with the truths and beauty of your words and creativity. It is a joy to see your beautiful, healthy daughters today. Thank you for sharing your home, your family and your heart with us. I look forward each day to discovering what new “treasure” awaits me from Thistlewood Farm!

  62. β™«β™«β™« Happy Birthdayβ™«β™«β™« To 2 of the most beautiful little dancers, who happen to look just like their beautiful Mother, We do serve an AMAZING GOD and to hear your story it reaffirms what I have always known. It is ALL Gods plan…whatever the outcome and I truly believe that the love a mother has for her children….that unconditional…No one but another mother KNOWS, that feeling, and that your love and your will for them to be Ok and Gods plan for them to be ok is why they are as beautiful and healthy as they are today, I think a Mothers love for her children is God like……the way he loves us and never gives up on us, I know your girls will dance and dance and dance afterall…. Their mother is a ROCK STAR πŸ™‚

  63. Well that just made me tear up!!! Your girls look so much like you….just beautiful!

  64. What a beautiful love story. Happy Birthday to your tiny dancers. Your girls are beautiful.

  65. Happy, happy day to your beautiful girls, and, to you too, mom! May it be one filled with love and happiness and good, good times!

  66. I truly felt this tender closeness by this very personal story. My 1lb12oz niece was born when I was four to my sister who is much older. Had been through college, married, and came her firstborn in 1960 also three months early. But she was not airlifted away from the small hospital. The push then was give more oxygen and this wise doctor let my niece lead the way for when she could breathe, no more oxygen. It’s what saved her from other complications the big hospitals were discovering. She did have vision problems but not so severe she was blind. She wears contacts and put herself through college with help from mom and dad and got her masters degree…to work with young children with learning difficulties. She’s been happily married for over twenty something years and her GIRLS even danced in dance class. No early births for any of her three. I guess I want to say, your girls are eleven today but the future is also bright! How I loved my niece. I was little. So I didn’t understand it all but we got to help train her eyes by going outside with her and swinging and my sister and I would have her toddle back and forth to us. Then as she grew it was fun to be an Auntie to someone nearly my age!!!
    I’m so very very happy glad praising God for His huge gift of growing your girls
    And if I could I’d send a big happy birthday card made at my table and send it with a whole bunch of stamps. Saying:
    11 Finally you’ve reached the official twins birthday. Each of you standing tall, side by side, so equal, so alike,the big 11 BUT….(open) Everyone knows 1+1=2 so that means double the wishes, double the gifts, double cakes and
    Happy Birthday!
    The JOY of The Lord is your strength !
    Mrs. Condit

    Ps. My dad’s first cousin was one of the first designer and artists for Hallmark. When I sat to do your card it just flowed from my heart. It just is that way. So that’s a GMC original by me made just for YOU!

  67. One of our beautiful granddaughters was born 2 month premature. The neo doctor took one look at her and said,
    “I don’t think we can save her.” She spent only one month in NICU where they called her “the miracle baby”
    because she improved so quickly. She spent a lot of her time in NICU with her leg propped up on the side of her
    bed! Maybe warming up to dance? Today as a delightful 7 year-old, she dances and she jumps and she hops
    and she bounces! She rarely just walks! God is good!

  68. You have written such a gorgeous, beautiful love letter to your girls.
    Your writing is so vivid and true, that I felt as if I were sitting next to you, also watching those monitors.
    Wishing your twin miracles a joyous birthday!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  69. Wonderful story! Happy Birthday to your two ballerinas!

  70. What a beautiful story, Karianne! Happy birthday to your lovely girls!! One of my sons was 9 weeks premature…I can’t imagine how scary 3 months would have been! He and his wife are expecting their second child any time…and wouldn’t you know it…she’s late! Thank you for the smiles this morning!

  71. Thank you for sharing the beautiful story about your beautiful girls. How sweet that you kept the signs the nurses made. My cousin went through the same thing with her twins. I just saw them last week and they are two healthy and happy ninth graders!

  72. Karianne, you always kept me on the edge of my seat, even though I know that the twins are still dancing. It is very difficult when your babies have problems, but God will always get you through. What beautiful girls, and I’m sure they have kept you very busy for the last eleven years. Happy Birthday to the twins. Hope you have a beautiful day.

  73. Happy Birthday to you (as the mama) and the dancers C:

  74. oh, this made me cry sweet tears! what a beautiful beginning. our heavenly father has been impressing me all summer about the importance of little girls (and us big ones, too) having the freedom to joyously dance before an adoring daddy and your sweet girls knew that truth from the very beginning of their teeny tiny lives! oh joy!! and i am dancing today, too, because i am celebrating our little granlove’s first birthday and, like your precious ones, our little guy went against all the odds and defied reason! dancing with joy in the amazing gifts God has given us both today!

  75. What a sweet story…you have such a gift for storytelling. As much as those sweet baby girls are a blessing to you, YOU are a blessing to them! Have a wonderful day with your family.

  76. This is the sweetest most well written post I’ve read in awhile. So full of Faith, Hope and Joy and the greatest of all Love! Happy Birthday Ballerinas! Teach the world to Dance and Rejoice!!!!

  77. I, too, am a mother of preemies. I had a 24 weeker and a 34 weeker and spent many hours in the NICU staring at monitors. Your story this morning brought back so many memories. You are not only talented in your decorating but are talented in how you write words. This was a beautiful story about two beautiful girls who are fighters. I wish them the very best birthday and hope they always dance through life. Thanks for sharing!!

  78. My son was born at 29 weeks. I know the exact feelings you described. Brain bleeds??? etc. SCARY! Me,my husband and our 2 daughters leaving to go out to eat and leaving my precious baby boy by himself at the NICU. He will be 6 on Oct. 13th and very healthy!!! Love your blog!!!

  79. Karianne, you are a master story teller. Your writing really pulls the reader in. I love your decorating without question, but I am loving your stories like this even more. You are so talented in so many ways.

  80. Very touching…….HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your twin daughters. God Bless them and NEVER stop dancing!!!!

  81. Happy birthday to the twin ballerinas, and happy BIRTHING day to YOU! This is a precious story – and I’m sure it’s prominent in the annals of your family stories! Bless you, Sweet Lady!

  82. Ok this brought tears to my eyes, big time!!! I am so glad that everything worked out and they are beautiful little girls and Happy Birthday to them!! My nephew was born very early and was so tiny no one thought he would make it. He fought and his parents fought for him and he is grown, married, teaching and has a beautiful baby of his own now.


  83. I would like to tell you how utterly heartwarming this story is but I first have to get another box of tissues!
    Young Ladies you rock – keep dancing!

  84. I was on my computer designing a sign (“I love you to the moon & back”) for my first-born grandson, so when I clicked over to read your post, I was primed for some ‘salt-water therapy’. I am now bathed in tears and my heart is so full–the profound and poignant miracle of love that God shapes with each newborn baby never ceases to take my breath away!
    Thank you for sharing the story of your miraculous little ballerinas…. Happy birthday to your darling girls!

  85. happiest birthday wishes to your two beauties. they are darling. your story? your photos? melt my heart. may your girls continue to dance through lifeβ™₯

  86. Karianne,
    And they look their Mommy! God bless!

  87. KariAnne….That just made my heart melt and eyes tearful.
    No one can ever know what you felt during that time of unknown health of your girls…You feel alone, helpless, and ready to pray. God has blessed you with these two beautiful girls and am thankful for you sharing this story. (I struggled through something similar and still am not strong enough to blog about it)
    Happy Birthday to your angels.

  88. God has bestowed a blessing upon two wonderful people, the blessings were twin miracle baby girls. Happy Birthday.

  89. Oh, Kari, I love this post! Such a sweet tribute to your tiny dancers. My best friends son was born at 23 weeks….1 lb, 1 oz….can you imagine?? He’s now 7, and yes, has many of those issues you listed. What the Dr didn’t tell her, though, was that he’d grow into one of the sweetest and smartest little boys you could meet.

  90. Beautiful, Karianne. Happy birthday to your sweet ballerinas!

  91. Thank you for you story. My daughter is in the hospital and was in PICU for almost two weeks. I feel the same way, as if I stared st the monitors and didn’t leave, nothing would get worse.

  92. Becoming/Being a mom is the most incredible experience yet scary at the same time too. We always just assume that our children will enter this world with no problems. How heart breaking when that belief fails us. Experiences like yours make you stronger and your story makes us all stronger. We all, I think, would do anything to keep our children healthy, safe and happy. The gift of life is an amazing thing and I am happy that your story is a success story πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday Twins!

  93. Kerrianne, what an uplifting story and outcome. They are beautiful little birthday girls and now almost grown. I’m so glad you all could, and still, dance!..Happy Thursday..Judy

  94. Yay!!! Love that story and the black and white picture is sooo cute of the two of them. Life certainly throws us all curve balls now and then…how precious and fortunate to overcome them! Happy Birthday to your sweet girls!

  95. Happy Birthday Beautiful Ballerinas! God Bless you and keep you healthy and happy! Cheers! xoxo

  96. Giving me chills over here, girl! Happy birthday to your girls!

  97. Praise God , and Happy Birthday. God stamped your life on His Heart before you were in the womb. God touched your lives at a such a young and tender life. As you look into each other’s eyes, you will see the Reflection of God’s Love. What a miracle for all to know we serve a Mighty God!

    Oct. is the month two of my great-grandbabies went to Heaven. 2009 Riley and 2011 Nichole
    In Heaven I will be able to see them for the first time and hold them in my arms.

  98. Happy Birthday to your beautiful girls! They look just like you!

  99. Aww, Karianne, happy birthday to your beautiful ballerinas!!

    I hope you all have a wonderful day!


  100. What a wonderful story! We just found out that my daughter is pregnant with TWINS, IDENTICAL TWINS. This is the first grandchildren on both sides and we are beyond excited. I love all of your twin ballerina dancing stories, please keep them coming. And any helpful hints on how to handle twin babies would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to many similar wonderful stories of our own in the near future!!

  101. Happy Birthday to your beautiful ballerinas! I’ve sat in NICU watching those monitors, for our grandson who was a premmie. I feel what you went through. And I’m so happy your story had such a happy ending.
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  102. Oh, Karianne, beautiful heartfelt post. I can’t imagine what a scary time that must have been. I know you are so proud of your little ballerinas. I couldn’t help but think of my mom when I read this. I also came three months early and weighed two pounds – I spent three months in the hospital. Once home, my mom used to have to buy doll clothes to put on me because they didn’t have premie clothes in the 70s.

  103. Thank you for sharing this wonderful part of your life. Blessings

  104. Touching beautiful story, and beautiful girls!! You are truly blessed! xoxo

  105. Of all your many stories, this is by far the best. Happy birthdaybtonyour beautiful girls. I had twin boys before nic-u’s were around. I lost them but I know that they are waiting for me in heaven:)

  106. How very precious. Happy birthday, beautiful girls!

  107. Happy Birthday to you Miracle Girls! we have a miracle girl in our family too! Morgan (my niece) is a beautiful, healthy, 21 year old college girl who started this life at 1 lb 2 0z! Its such a scary experience! but what a gift it is to watch a miracle unfold. God Bless your girls with long, happy and healthy lives filled with joy!

  108. Happy Birthday girls!! WOW – What a story. As I was reading, I was thinking back to when my first born arrived on Mother’s Day! She weighted 4lb 9ozs. Was full term and very sick. I spent many hours in the NICU in Philly, PA. Also watching those monitors too. She spent 26 days in CHOP. Today she is 35 years old and handicapped but happy as can be. I couldn’t live without her. Give your girls a hug and hug yourself too from us.
    Thanks for sharing such a personal experience.

  109. Oh Karianne; HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your beautiful, God Blessed daughters!! Thanks for sharing your story and bringing us a tad bit closer to Thistlewood Farm.

  110. God Bless those beautiful girls.

  111. Love the story KariAnne … what a blessing for you and the beautiful girls too. They are just prescious and I know they have a heart of gold like their Mom. You are blessed … Happy Birthday to you and the dancers.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  112. Wow. My eyes ar.e blurry with tears……if they didn’t already know how much you love them, surely they understand now. Blessings come in very small packages, sometimes!
    God is good all the time……and all the time, God is good. Your faith and determination and fierce love was rewarded. It is easy to see why you’re such an amazing Mother.
    Happy Birthday to your favorite ballerinas, and a Happy Amazing Birth Day, to you, Miz karianne.

  113. God bless you and your girls, KariAnne! I’m so happy to know their story!!

  114. Wow…no words. But my heart is full. What a beautiful story with a very happy ending…Happy Birthday beautiful girls!!!!!!!!!

  115. Happy, happy birthday to your 2 beautiful dancers! What a heartwarming story and I love the photographs of them! I even got to see them a few posts back when they were demonstrating the motion lights in your laundry room. What a miracle! What a fabulous staff in NICU and what a wonderful mom your are!

  116. How Blessed are you? πŸ™‚

  117. Oh what a great story. I can’t imagine how hard that was…. they are soooooooooooooo beautiful!! You are very blessed!

  118. You have me in tears! What a beautiful, touching story.
    Happy Birthday to your two beautiful ballerinas!

  119. What a beautiful story. Happy Birthday to your two beautiful ballerinas.

  120. Happy Birthday to your beautiful girls and thanks for your inspiring story.

  121. Happy belated birthday to your beautiful little dancers. So moving and what an incredible story. Makes my heart overflow with joy for all of you! So thankful that miracles still happen.

  122. Happy birthday to your beautiful girls! I share your experience in that I am the mother of twin boys who were born two months early. They will turn 27 on December 28 and have done well thanks to a wonderful neonatologist and the nursing staff. Warmest wishes to you and your family.

  123. Awww. I love this story πŸ™‚

  124. Beautiful story, Karianne! Happy Birthday to you all!~~Angela

  125. Happy Birthday! Can it be 11 years already?! I think they look so much like Denny!

  126. Oh wow! Such an adorable story and birthday wishes πŸ™‚ I didn’t know they were born 3 months early. Oh my.

  127. What a beautiful birthday tribute to your cute little dancers!

  128. I started reading your blog a couple months ago. I’m a home bound wife and mother of a beautiful 17 year old daughter. I just have to tell you, you’re blog is so lovely. It makes me smile, my heartbeat a little faster, tears form, you just are so excellent at expressing yourself. I feel like I know you. Thank you, for opening your heart to all. Beautiful story. Marsha

  129. So beautiful, Karianne. And so are your girls!!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  130. How wonderful KariAnne! I always thought I wanted twins – but God decided I didn’t need that I guess! Your girls look just like you! Beautiful!