College sweethearts Lindsey and Steve Justice, together since meeting at Wake Forest University, had tried for nine months to get pregnant with a third child, before turning to fertility drugs.
Even now they still think fondly of the moment when they first learned they were pregnant with, unbelievably, septuplets. In a risky situation, they were told by doctors to consider the act of selective reduction; the process of terminating a few embryos to give others a better chance to survive. However the devout christian couple, Lindsey 29, and Steve, 30, refused to consider it.
By the 12th week of pregnancy, Lindsey had miscarried one of the fetuses, but only a short time after that they learned that the remaining six were not only okay, but also all girls.
At 21 weeks, the couple was faced with heartbreaking developments.
Lindsey's water broke in the middle of the night, causing her to give birth to her first baby which they named Mercy. She then gave birth to the remaining five babies, which they desperately wrapped in blankets while they sang and prayed with them.
Sadly, their devout faith would not be enough, as the babies would only survive several hours.... , 'I want to be their mom..... but that wasn't gods will", she told People.
Though the loss has been hard on the whole family, the couple states they are still hopeful to grow their family. "We still want more kids. That could mean adoption, it could mean fertility drugs. We're taking it one day at a time." Lindsey also added that she did not regret her decision to carry, and would do it over again.
You can find out much more about their journey, through pictures and stories on their blog: www.jacojustice.blogspot.com. You'll need the password: HisGlory.
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