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Real Life Journals at StorkNet

This is a very special section of StorkNet where you can jump into the lives of our parents and see the world from a different perspective (or realize that you aren't alone in your way of thinking).

Please click here if you're interested in doing a journal with StorkNet.

Pregnancy Journals:

Birth Story Posted! Terra's Pregnancy Journal ~ Terra and James have been married going on eight years. They are the proud parents of Hannah (a StorkNet baby!), Benjamin, Sophia (another StorkNet baby!) and Daniel (their most recent StorkNet baby!). They were super excited to be expecting baby number five, and Abigail Grace made her appearance 9 days overdue on October 6, 2014, weighing in at 6 lbs, 15.5 oz. Terra was also Group B Strep positive.

Candice's Pregnancy Journal ~ Candice (29) and her husband Francois (34) have been married for 7 1/2 years (together for 12) and live in Cape Town, South Africa. They are the proud parents of their son, Storm, born May 18, 2007. They are expecting their second son in January 2015. Join Candice as she shares her pregnancy with us week by week.

Samantha's Pregnancy After Miscarriages Journal ~ Samantha (27) and Ben (34) have been together for 9 years. In the last two years, they have had four miscarriages due to a balanced translocation of the 9th and 12th chromosomes. They are pregnant again and hoping for a healthy baby sometime around March 27, 2015.

Jennifer's Pregnancy Journal ~ Jennifer and her husband, Adam, have been married 14 years. They are the proud parents of 8 children: Maacah (2001), Grace (2003), Issac (2004), Malachi (2006), Nathaniel (2008), Damaris (2009), Caleb (2011), and Samuel (2013). They are eagerly anticipating baby #9 sometime around April 2, 2015. Join Jennifer as she shares her pregnancy with us week by week!

Completed Pregnancy/Adoption Journals

Trying to Conceive:

Rebecca's TTC Journal ~ Rebecca (33) and Mark (34) are the proud parents of Ada Noelle, who was stillborn on September 3, 2010 at 25 weeks, and Adisyn Hope (a StorkNet baby!), who was born healthy at 37 weeks on January 4, 2012. They have decided to add to their family and hope to conceive a healthy baby soon.

Parenting Journals:


Danielle's Parenting Journal ~ Danielle and her husband Jeramy have experienced three miscarriages and the loss of their 8 day old daughter, Baylee Marie, following surgery for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Coarctation of the Aorta on December 17, 2009. Their new son, Bohdy Mack, was born December 12, 2010 and their new daughter, Rylee Brynn, was born July 5, 2013. Join Danielle as she shares her parenting after loss journal.

Kelly's Special Needs Parenting Journal ~ Kelly and her husband Jeremy are the proud parents of two sons. Jeremy Tyler (Lil J) was born in 2009 with hydrocephalus, a heart problem, and a club foot. Logan Michael was born in 2013 without any health problems.Join Kelly as she shares her experiences of being the mother of a special needs child and a new baby.

Kristen's Parenting Journal ~ Kristen (33) and her husband, Kyle (39) are the proud parents of two beautiful baby girls. Sophie Kay was born August 2009, and is a StorkNet baby! Sydney Ellen joined the family in April 2011. Join Kristen as she shares her parenting joys and challenges with us.

Mary Frances' Parenting Journal ~ Mary Frances and her husband, Dale, are an Air Force family and most importantly, the proud parents of two amazing sons: Jackson, born April 27, 2012 and Mark, born June 10, 2014. Join Mary Frances as she shares her parenting ups and downs as a military family.

Stacy's Parenting Journal ~ Stacy and Ernie have been married 13 years. His daughters are Kelly (27), Kristin (23) and Kassie (21). Together, they have a son, Brody (8), identical twin daughters, Reese & Reagan (6) and baby Treyton (4). Stacy works full-time and manages a busy household. Join Stacy as she shares her life with us . . . from being a stepmom, to the mother of twins, to being a working mom, to simply having a slew of kids.

Tara's Working Mom's Journal ~ Tara (37) and Bill (42) had their first child on November 24, 2006. Cameron is a StorkNet Baby! Tara has a daughter from a previous marriage and Bill has a son from his previous marriage. This is Tara's story of juggling the ups and downs of being a working mother.

On hiatus during Jennifer's new pregnancy! - Jennifer's Parenting Journal ~ Jennifer (31) and her husband, Adam, have been married over ten years. They are the proud parents of 7 children: Maacah ('01), Grace ('03), Issac ('04), Malachi ('06), Nathaniel ('08), Damaris ('09 and a StorkNet baby!), Caleb (August 2011 and a StorkNet baby!), and Samuel (August 2013). Adam and Jennifer have their own catering business and homeschool their eldest four children. Join Jennifer as she shares her busy family of ten with us!

Concluded Parenting Journals:

Cheryl's Parenting 8 Journal ~ Cheryl (46) and her husband Brian have been married for 23 years. After three miscarriages and six years of unexplained fertility, the Butlers adopted a daughter on the day she was born. Soon after, the floodgates opened and Cheryl conceived her first son. The rest, as they say, is history as Cheryl and Brian are now the proud parents of 8 children.

Ciara's Parenting Journal ~ Ciara (23) and John (25) are the proud parents of a delightful baby boy, Dylan, born on August 11, 2010. He's a StorkNet baby! Join Ciara as she shares her experiences parenting a newborn while working full time.

Emily's Parenting Journal ~ Emily (28) has been married to her husband, Jeremy (31), for seven years. They have three children, Isabelle (3 1/2), Michael (almost 2) and baby Titus, born December 1, 2009 (a StorkNet baby!). Emily is a stay at home mom who loves watching her children grow. Join Emily as she shares her parenting journey with us.

Gayesy's Parenting After Loss Journal ~ Andrew and Gaye live in Australia and are the proud parents of Thomas, born in February 1997. They were joyously expecting their second baby when Nicholas died unexpectedly around the 15th week in December 2000. Gaye conceived again and delivered a perfect baby daughter, Katelyn Grace, four days past her due date, on February 26, 2002. This is the sequel to Gayesy's pregnancy journal, parenting baby Katelyn.

Heather's Parenting Journal ~ Heather (34) and her husband, Brian (36), are the proud parents of FIVE children: Alexander (9), Maria (6), Sydney (4 1/2), Isabella (2 1/2), and Katelynn (1). Join Heather and she shares her experiences of parenting times five!

Kari's Parenting Journal ~ Kari (29) and her husband, Chris (36), have been married for three years. Kari has a 11 year old daughter, Reygen, from a previous marriage. Together, they have a daughter, Albrey, born September 2008, and brand new baby girl Bradyn Hennly, born June 2011. Kari is a working mom and they are a busy family! Join Kari as she shares her busy small town life with us.

Katie's Parenting Journal ~ Katie and Randy have been married nine years. They have four precious children: Ella, Owen, Connor and Lilly. Katie is a stay at home mom and is both relieved and sad to move into the next phase of her life, her family now complete. Join Katie as she shares her perspective on motherhood times four.

Katie's Parenting After Infertility Journal ~ Katie and her husband, Mike, have been married since May 2003. After four miscarriages and six cycles of unsuccessful infertility treatments, they conceived through their first IVF procedure. William Patrick made his debut at 38 weeks, 3 days on August 20, 2008, a healthy and perfect son. Their surprise baby, Emma, was born July 17, 2010. This is Katie's journal of parenting after infertility and loss.

Kristin's Parenting Journal ~ Kristin (32) and her husband, Connors (32), were high school sweethearts and have been together for 17 years. They are the parents of five children: Ethan (11), Annabella (9), Owen (7), Eli (4) and Avalan, born June 16, 2011. Kristin is a full-time nursing student as well as a busy mother.

Marisa's Parenting Journal ~ Marisa (26) and her husband, Jeremiah, welcomed their first baby, Sophia Aurora, on July 23, 2008. She was a week overdue and made a rather dramatic entrance to the world but is a beautiful, healthy baby. Marisa is a high school English teacher, and this is her journal of being a first time mother as well as a busy working mom.

Michelle's Parenting Journal ~ Michelle (31) and her husband, Henry, were married in March 2009. Their first baby, Evy, arrived on the scene on January 27, 2010 and is a StorkNet baby!

Paige's Parenting Journal ~ Paige and Michael are the proud parents of Stuart (12), Caitlyn (10), Brigid (3) and Maureen who was born June 24, 2003. Paige kept a journal with us during her pregnancy with Maureen. Now she continues her journal as she shares her joy in parenting this precious new member of her family.

Rebecca's Parenting Journal ~ Rebecca (32) and Mark (32) have been married for 9 years. Their first baby, Ada Noelle, was stillborn on September 3, 2010 at 25 weeks. Their second daughter, Adisyn Hope (a StorkNet baby!), was born healthy at 37 weeks, weighing 5 lbs, 5 oz, on January 4, 2012. This is Rebecca's parenting after loss journal through Adisyn's first birthday.

Sarah's Single Parenting Journal ~ Sarah is 22, from Australia, and single mum to Marshall (born November 14, 2009). Sarah was also diagnosed with postnatal depression and is going through treatment. Join Sarah as she shares her single parenting trials and her journey through postnatal depression with us.

Terra's Parenting Journal ~ Terra and James have been married five years. They are the proud parents of Hannah (4) (a StorkNet baby!), Benjamin (2), and new baby Sophia Joy who arrived February 15, 2011 (another StorkNet baby!).

Vonda's Parenting a Preemie Journal ~ Vonda and Bruce are the proud parents of Adriana, born at 28 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia. Adriana weighed 2 lbs, 2 oz, and spent seven weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. She doesn't appear to have any long term affects of her prematurity or too many problems physically, but she is developmentally delayed. Join Vonda as she shares the ups and downs of parenting a precious preemie.

Real Life Journals:

Kay's Family Building Journal ~ a story of infertility and adoption ~ This is a very special journal as Kay Grames takes us through her infertility treatments, death of her son, and the successful adoption of a beautiful baby girl. Kay has posted an update on the past three years with her very special daughter.

Check out our journals on Exploring Womanhood:

Completed Real Life Journals

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