With the anticipation of my new blog design being almost ready to launch, I want to write out the story of US. My original plans were to just put in the title bar and let you all find it with a old post date. But I wanted to share this here first. I know I have gained some new friends in blog land and wanted to formally introduce US.
I have been told I am good at making people laugh, although I admit it’s not on purpose, it is usually because of my many imperfections or stupidity. I am passionate about life, enjoying every second and keeping the memory of our son Nolan alive.
I am in love with ANYTHING nautical, I adore anchors and even have an anchor tattoo for Nolan and you will probably find me on the show Hoarders in 20 years trying to quit my addiction to buying anchors.
Chris is the laid back personality and the guy that everyone loves to have as a friend. He just has that type of personality. I struck gold when I married Chris, I am one of those lucky girls.
A simple story of US.
We met at the young age of 19 at our part time job of Best Buy. We both weren’t looking, but kind of fell into a relationship fairly easy. Holy cow, Chris still has hair here!
We shared a love for FSU.
We got a dog.
We changed jobs, together (yes, we’re dorks)
We went through college together, my parents moved to Ohio and left me here in Florida. But that was okay because I had Chris.
He changed his major one million times, while I had just been accepted into respiratory therapy program.
He ended up going to the police academy and in the year of 2006, we both got grown-up jobs.
In 2007, we took a cruise for our first vacation without family where he got down on one knee in St John’s on Honeymoon Beach and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.
In December 2008, we invited 40 friends and family to sail with us aboard the Ruby Princess where we exchanged vows in front of the captain, out side on the aft deck while at sea. We partied our tails off and considered our wedding a week long reception. You can watch our wedding videos here, here & here.
Then that New Years Eve, we found out we brought home a little souvenir from our wedding cruise. We were expecting our first child, a dream the both of us have talked about for awhile. Our unborn child was officially nicknamed
“Our Ruby Baby”
This is where this blog began, an innocent blog started to document the next 9 months of our life and share news with the family.
In May, the blog turned into a prayer and information blog sharing the fight we started of our unborn son and his fight with IUGR.
In June 2009, after 5 weeks of a grueling battle to fight for our son we welcomed Nolan Michael into this world at 26 weeks and 1 day due to Pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
We became parents and found out what being a NICU parent entitles.
Our son's life was cut short after 3 perfect days in the NICU. He was our miracle, our baby, our life. Chris and I became parents to a perfect 13 ounce boy who defied all odds and showed those specialists that he WOULD survive.
We buried our son, something no parent should ever have to endure.
The following months my blog turned into my therapy, a public and very raw insight of my feelings and battle with grief. A journey trying to find my new normal.
We’re hoping that 2010 brings up some good news. Chris and I have become stronger, value each other more than ever before and truly understand the value in life, miracles and hope.
Who knows where the next few years and decades will take us, but I have plans on sharing with all you because in my darkest moments you were there picking us up with your comments, texts, emails, phone calls and beyond. Because of you guys you have helped me pass Nolan’s story on and keep his spirit alive. My personal goal in life is to never let Nolan be forgotten. I want to live in his spirit, pass on the hope I had when we had him and share with others.
Here is to a continued version of the story of A Ruby Family.