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We're having a baby!

After a year of almost total sadness, I've got great news! We're pregnant!

The we I'm referring to is my family, more specifically, my brother and his wife.

But to be honest with you, the news is so heartwarming and uplifting, we all feel like we're pregnant. Well, not literally.

2006 looked to be a promising year. My folks moved over from the west side of the mountains in December 2005. By January, they were settled into their little apartment so they could take their time finding a home to purchase and, alas, I could handle the drive to visit them, as I overcame my driving phobia enough to get me to Kennewick! (Granted I made it halfway to Oregon on the first try, but, hey, I eventually reached my destination). I was finally able to see more of my folks.

But by May, things took a harsh down-turn. My grandmother died. And we'd practically barely unpacked before we learned mom had cancer, not just in one place but in several. It had spread like wildfire.

Mom passed away in December. She suffered. You can imagine how the rest of the year played out for us.

Out of all the bad came some good. We're all so close now, it's hard to imagine it being any other way.

My oldest brother Scott and I hardly ever saw each other and never ever gabbed on the phone. Now we talk at least once a week and he pesters me to come and visit him. When we found out about Eddie and Brandi's impending bundle of joy, Scott and I talked for an hour.

My brother Russ is good about keeping tabs on me, too. And, had he not been suffering from the flu, we'd have likely talked for an hour as well when we learned we were pregnant.

I was also on the horn with dad. First words out of his mouth? "I'm going to be a grampa!" It's particularly humorous in that he already is, several times over.

We're all so excited, you'd think we've won the lottery.

At least we finally drew some good news, instead of feeling like the last straw.

We've got baby clothes to buy! We've got a room to get ready! We've got baby showers to throw (another great excuse for a family reunion of sorts)! We get to throw baby names at the happy couple for the next several months!

We get to watch this new little life unfold!

And when the baby is born, it'll probably be standing room only in the delivery room, with a bunch of loving family members ready to greet our new addition.

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