“After I married my wife Samantha, my promise to her was to buy a house and start a family. Working in the booming energy sector helped make that a reachable reality. After selling my half duplex and my motorcycle, we had enough money for a down payment on what we thought would be our forever home.
We started trying for our first bundle of joy but only found sorrow due to two miscarriages. Then a miracle happened with number three. She made it past the point where it looked like we would get to keep this one. Life was good. As the months went by, we became more excited while setting up the nursery and getting things ready for our new arrival. March 2016 rolled around and I found out that the base I was stationed at was closing their doors due to hard times in the oil patch. Stress overwhelmed me as I struggled with thoughts of how we would make it through the next few months with a baby on the way, and a mortgage to pay.
April rolls around and I ended up getting hired on at my father in laws shop. With having oilfield on my resume, no one would hire me. The pay was significantly less to what I was used to making but my family was there for us during this hard economic downturn. My wife was due in May and we still had things to figure out while she was preparing for maternity leave. Then the dark clouds really rolled in.
Later in April, Sam went in for a routine check-up with her doctor. Because of the miscarriages, she was considered high risk. The doctor said things were looking great and that we would be meeting our daughter very soon. Sam went back to work but something didn’t feel right. A few hours went by and she decided to check in at the hospital that she was near. She was admitted and they began to do an ultrasound. The babies heartbeat could not be heard. Our baby Sofia was still-born that afternoon/evening.
They say that you can’t see a rainbow without a little rain. Fast forward to August 2016. The company I was with in March offered me my same position in a neighboring city one hour way. I had my job back! I did the commute for about a year and a half until our next bundle of joy came into this world. Ellie was born 4lbs 10 oz, but very healthy. Sam and I decided to sell our home to be closer to my work.
I still think back to why all this happened to me, but everything happens for a reason. Without this storm of life events, I wouldn’t have my little Goomba that I grow to love more and more each day!”
– Kent Thiessen