Introducing myself as well. I am Kim, and I am 42. Cradle Catholic, fell away in my teens as well (my parents stopped going, despite a strong familial tie to the church that included 4 priests at the time), came back home in 1996 after a lot of searching. DH and I are part of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter ministry, music, teaching faith formation, etc. I was married pre-return and he left when my older 2 kids were very little. There was an annulment, and in 2000 I married my husband, who is amazing and I am so blessed. I have a 17 year old ds, 13 years old dd, 7 year old dd and I am 6 weeks pregnant. We homeschool.
The past 6 months has been a true trial of faith for me. It's certainly helped my prayer life so much! About a year and a half ago, DH and I discerned that we were being called to pursue adoption through the foster system. We have been open to life but not conceived since our 7 year old. We jumped through all the hoops, got approved and were waiting to be matched when I found out last October that I was pregnant. I went through some serious emotional ups and downs, mourning the loss of the adoption dream and celebrating the miracle pregnancy. I was scared the whole time! We found out at 9 1/2 weeks that our baby had passed away several weeks prior and our hearts broke. I had along and difficult miscarriage in late November.
We waited and healed, then on February 1st we resumed our adoption search. Several weeks ago i took a pg test and lo and behold, we were blessed with another miracle! I don't know how this will all play out, but I do feel more confident with this pregnancy than I did last time. I have been using a book called Prayerfully Expecting, which is basically a 9 month novena, and it's been really helpful to incorporate that into my daily prayer.
So, I am long winded this morning. Sorry about that!