“Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? ... Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” --Genesis 17:17; 18:12


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Diane's Story

Dear Tamara,

I too have had children in my forties.  Three out of nine have been born since I turned 40.  Our last little blessing was born just under a year ago (January 16,2002).  He is our third son and has brought immense joy to our household.  All his older siblings adore him.  He is a very special blessing as he has down syndrome.  I always had some fears that I would have a child like my John.  But now wonder what on earth I had to fear.  He truly is such a joy.  I wanted to share this as this scenario is one of the reasons people give for not having children later in life.  One of the what ifs so many like to recite.  We believe God has a plan for each of our children's lives, including John's.  He is fearfully and wonderfully made!

In Him who saves,

Diane Anderson

Laurie's Story

Laurie 2 weeks before delivering her 13th child

Laurie and her lovely family

Dear Tamara,

I am enjoying your website.  I think it is great to be encouraging women to trust God rather than solely what the medical establishment has to say about having babies in your forties.  

As a 44 year old woman, I had my thirteenth child on July 21st, 2002.  I have been married for 18 years will have our 19th anniversary in April.  I was 25 years old when my husband and I were married.  God blessed us and we conceived 2 weeks after we were married.  How exciting!  I will give you the names and birthdates of all our children. Rachel 1/25/85, Naomi 4/14/86, Andrew 9/17/87, Lydia 9/21/88, Sarah 4/1/90, Laurel 5/14/91, Michael 6/8/92, Jacob 12/4/93, Ruth 10/28/95, Peter 2/1/97, Mary 10/17/98, Isaac 8/3/00, Phoebe 7/21/02.  I have had 3 of the children from the time I was a month shy of being 40. For many years of my marriage my husband was lost. God met me in amazing ways during those tough years of my marriage.  Seven years ago my husband became a Christian and has become a new man! 

Upon hearing we have 13 children people quite frequently ask if that is all we intend to have and our response is that “we hope God blesses us with more”.  We are so excited how God has blessed us and gives so many opportunities to share the Gospel because of the children!  We are a homeschool family and we have a home business.  What fun (:  

So you are probably wondering how a 44 year old mom with 13 children is feeling?  I can honestly say I forget I am in my forties.  I feel as good now as I did when I was 25.  I attribute this to a couple of things.  First and most important is having a relationship with the Lord.  It is impossible to be the kind of Mother and wife God desires without His gift of salvation. Walking by faith in God gives me the power to overcome the common temptations of Motherhood and I am thankful for all the help I can get.   As a result of being in this relationship I have the opportunity to walk in all of the peace, joy, patience, gentleness, kindness, love etc I need because of Christ dwelling in me.  Secondly, for my witness and accomplishing His will for the Gospel’s sake, God helped me to realize how important good nutrition and staying in shape is. I realized that good nutrition is essential to produce healthy happy babies and keep me from falling apart physically.  It is hard to enjoy your children if you aren’t feeling well or don’t have the energy to keep up with them. Getting older, it is even more crucial for me and any babies God would bless me with. I want to enjoy my children for as many years as I can!  Our whole family experiences great health as a result of God helping equip us in the area of nutrition.  I have great pregnancies and my last baby’s apgar score was a 9.9.  I asked what the 10th of a point deduction was for, they said no reason they just never give out a 10.   

There is so much I could share with you, but I don’t want to get too long winded here.  If any of you would like to contact me you can reach me at lwexel@bellsouth.net .  I would love to hear from any of you. 

God Bless,

Laurie Wexel

W.L.'s Story

My story is a little different from the others. I had my daughter at the age of 26 in 1986 and was a single parent. I was not raised in a Christian family but my family is very loving and caring. I don't know what I would have done without their constant emotional support and love. I loved my daughter dearly from the time I found out I was pregnant and vowed I would be the best mother in the world. Throughout the years, I had a relationship with a man who treated us both wonderfully, but somehow, wasn't truly committed to getting married or having any other children. Loving my daughter as I did, and listening to her pleas of "when can I have a younger brother or sister?", I began to pursue the idea of marriage and children with my partner when I was in my mid-30's (the biological time clock was beginning to tick!) I suppose he felt that he was being pressured, so our relationship broke up in 1996. I was devastated, and believed that I would never have another baby. I wanted to have a child after being married, and that was no longer a possibility, or so I thought. 
A few months later I was working out in my gym, trying to drown my sorrows in rigorous exercise, when a good-looking (younger) man I had noticed previously began talking to me. We became friends and he told me how much he admired the way I had raised my daughter (she often accompanied me to the gym) as she is very polite, friendly and smart (no bias here!). During the course of our friendship, he spoke to me about how important the Lord was in his life. I told him I believed in God, but was not a part of an organized religion. Well, I accompanied him to his church on several occasions and was struck by how wonderful I felt in the church and afterward. Soon thereafter, we began dating, and I decided to formally have Jesus Christ in my life.
I can't tell you of the blessings that has brought me. We have since gotten married and he is a wonderful, loving husband and step-father. We both wanted a baby badly, but by that time I was 39 years old and couldn't seem to get pregnant. I got checked out by the doctor, and they said that my hormone level (FSH) was far too high to even try anything like fertility medications. The bottom line was that I was "just too old" to have a baby. I was heartbroken and basically believed what the doctors said. But my husband told me: If we pray hard enough, God will hear us. I know he will bless us with a baby. When I was 42 years old, I became pregnant naturally - no drugs, no medical interventions. We were so overjoyed and delighted, it's hard to even convey our feelings. In November 2002, after 9 perfect months of pregnancy, I gave birth to our beautiful baby boy Michael, who was 8 lbs. 8 oz and 20 inches long. Two pregnancies: one in the 1980's and one in the 2000's...A seventeen year old daughter and a 4 month old son as I write this. Life is truly beautiful and wonderful, and God is great. Thank you for letting me tell my story.   


Anna Tells Her Parents' Story!

Dear Tamara,

My name is Anna, I'm 21 years of age, and married to a wonderful man and our first is due in May.

My dad was 45 and my mom was 42 years old when they learned she was pregnant.  My dad was a police officer and my mom was and is a teacher.  I was 17 years old and embarrassed to death my parents still "did it."  Well my mom was eight months months pregnant when we received word my dad had been shot and was in the hospital.  He survived but was in the hospital on a ventilator when my mom gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Brenna.   When my dad came out of a coma, he had to relearn everything.  But Brenna turned out to be my dad's motivation, they learned to crawl and walk together...even potty train together.

Well, Brenna is an active four year old today and my father has made a full recovery (against the odds).  My dad is a full time father to Brenna and says that he wouldn't trade being a father after 40 for anything.  My mother is just glad to have them both and is looking forward to being Grandma.

Good luck and good health to you,

Anna S.




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