But the weather wasn't about to stop us from enjoying our night out in NYC.
Our driver picked us up at 4:45 p.m., and 30-minutes later he was opening the doors for us at The [beautiful] Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.
I held my gown off the ground with one hand and Chris' arm with my other, and we walked through the doors together.
Four years ago, my husband and I were sitting in our living room in small-town Iowa.
It was cold and snowy. Our dog was curled up on the rug next to the fireplace and we starred at each other.
Our hearts were broken. We felt defeated.
We had spent years aching to become parents; begging God to somehow make the injections and uncomfortable procedures work.
But they never did. There was no explanation.
So on that cold winter day – after years of grieving our inability to have biological children – we made the decision to start the adoption process.
At this time, I was a news reporter – chasing stories during the day and telling them at night. Off camera, though, our infertility struggles were a secret.
And – in typical journalist fashion -- I wanted to share our story.
I came out of the infertility closet in a blog called “This Family’s Journey.”
Six months later -- I called my news director because I wasn’t going to work – we were hopping a flight to meet our daughter.
When Olivia was 18-months old, we got another call. And with twelve hours notice, we brought Kendra home from the hospital.
I finished out my contract at the local NBC affiliate and decided to stay home. After all, motherhood was something I had dreamed about for so long.
I continued blogging, though; and when Kendra was just seven months old, I had the pleasure to share with thousands of readers that -- to our total surprise -- I was pregnant!
(Yes, we have three daughters ages three and under...our house is loud and crazy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.)
In all seriousness, though, I am honored to accept the HOPE Award for Best Blog.
As a journalist, I can say that our family’s journey is my favorite story I’ve ever told.
One final note: RESOLVE is a vital organization for people struggling with infertility. I hope you'll consider joining the the #GiveItUp4RESOLVE campaign or simply donate by clicking here. Your tax-deductible financial contributions will provide services and support to help families beat infertility.
Photos: 5th Avenue Digital Photography | NY, NY
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