Curve Balls and Surprises

I was going to write about how life throws you curve balls.  Big, scary curve balls that you don’t know how on earth you’re going to hit.  I was going to write about how they are frightening.  I was going to write about how we got one thrown at us.

But, I decided all that sounded negative for something that’s really wonderful.  I think I like the word surprise better.  Surprises are fun and exciting and while they may require a change of plans, they are marvelous.  I love surprises.

This Thanksgiving our family will be blessed with the best kind of surprise imaginable.  We will welcome a fourth child into our lives.  True, we don’t know where we will put it (our house is pretty small and full already).  And no, we do not know how we will pay for this child to go to college, and I definitely don’t know how I’m going to keep up with all the laundry.

But,  here is what we do know:

This child is already well loved.

This child will complete our family.

This child will bring more joy to us than we can ever have imagined.

And really, what else do we really need to know.  That’s good enough for me.


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  1. lynn says:

    Looks like you have quite the charmer in there! Congrats to you and your beautiful family Kate! Surprises are the best of all..

  2. Courtney Ann Lambert says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! What lucky baby!

  3. Kate says:


  4. Jenny Lord says:

    YAY! Congratulations! 🙂

  5. kim says:

    Congrat’s Kate….I am pulling for a happy healthy baby GIRL!Either way I am sure you will be blessed with a beautiful baby.

  6. Erica Marshall says:

    That is sooooo funny!! Steve and I were just talking the other day about how you had at one point said you wanted 4 children! I wasn’t sure that was still the case but I see it is!! =) I’m so happy for all of you! Are you letting the sex of the baby be a “surprise” too?

  7. hannah says:

    many congrats and countless blessings to you, your family and baby #4! wooowhooo! i’d say you’re going to have much to be thankful for this thanksgiving!

  8. Amy Grenier says:

    Yeah!!!! So many babies!!!! Congrats!! And it looks like the boys are excited too!!! xoxo

  9. Jen Moore says:

    Awwww! What a great way to share the news. Congratulations x 4!

  10. Molly V says:

    Congratulations to you and your growing family!! Wishing you good health through your pregnancy 🙂

  11. Kate says:

    Thanks everyone! We are excited–how can you not be about a new baby? @ Erica, yes, there was a time when I thought 4 would be a good number but that was BEFORE I had 3 boys! 🙂 Guess I’ll find out now!

  12. Jenny says:

    Thats great news!!! Congrats to you all!

  13. Jen says:

    You have me tearing up here! Congratulations!!! Hope you are feeling well!

  14. Linda Buttrick says:

    Katie and Doug, I couldn’t think of a nicer way to be born and loved, but into your family. And 3 siblings just waiting to meet, greet and teach the new baby everything they know! What joys and adventures you have in store for you. Cousins will be so close friends, too. Chills and teary eyes over your words and photos–Beautiful 🙂 Enjoy every minute of your with-child status. Love and hugs!!

  15. Jill C. says:

    Kate! Congrats!!!

    love, Jill and Matt 🙂

  16. Erin says:

    Kate! Congratulations! Glad I love your blog so much cause my Mom sure doesn’t keep me in the loop! I just hope you don’t have to find a new house, your current one is too perfect! Hopefully I will get to meet the new addition in October! Congrats again!
    As Always,

  17. Carrie Levesque says:

    Congratulations! Birthing class seems like both it was forever ago and just the other day!…and now number 4; oh my goodness 🙂 How wonderful and overwhelming and everything! You are all beautiful and amazing. I just smiled all the way through your blog entry~ how perfect!~Carrie L 🙂

  18. Crystal Chaput says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Truly an awesome blessing! I’m so excited for you and your family!!!

  19. Dawn Cavagnaro says:

    Congratulations Kate!!! Just saw Heidi yesterday and she told me the exciting news! I almost fell off my chair 😉 So happy for you and your family!

  20. Heidi says:

    Congrats!!! New babies are the very best…with their new baby smell and soft little hands and feet…Wishing you much happiness! 🙂

  21. Rebecca says:

    Congrats Kate xo My sister-in-law has the same sort of surprise coming at the same time you do! Thanksgiving babies!

  22. Meggie says:

    Kate- You have three wonderful boys and now probably 4, and I couldn’t be more proud or happy for you. I am so excited for all of the tickling, chasing, candy giving, and star wars quoting to come. I am so happy for you, congratulations!

  23. leela howard says:

    Kate I am so excited for you. What an incredible picture of all four of your children. I love them all and you as well!

  24. Patty Harrison says:

    WOW CONGRATULATIONS YOU GUYS!! BEAUTIFUL WRITING AS WELL!! We are very happy for you as you sound very happy!! Don’t worry about college Kate. None of us can afford it for our kids, even when we only have two. It will all work out…loans,…etc… Love, Patty & family

  25. AmandaNickerson says:

    Kate- I just heard your news today! How exciting! Hope u are feeling well!!!! Congrats to you and your family!

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