Best Christmas Ever!

I still can’t believe this is my life. I still can’t believe that after seven and a half years of heartache and heartbreak, we finally have the miracle child we’ve so longed for. Christmas this year was better than any of my wildest imaginings!

My family are visiting from Cape Town, so we were all together and able to celebrate Ava’s first Christmas. Not that she took too much notice, she spent it all sleeping. But it was a very special and significant time for both W and I.

Not only did our little girl get spoiled rotten, but so did I. My darling husband and I have had this long standing joke, that the day I gave birth to our first child, he would buy me a diamond eternity ring. Of course, I never gave birth and never thought about this long standing joke between us, till Christmas morning when I was presented with a tiny wrapped box and you know, dynamite comes in small packages right??? My darling husband spoiled me with a diamond and tanzanite (Ava’s birth stone) eternity ring for Christmas this year, he says I may not have laboured for her birth, but I laboured seven and a half years for her arrival in our life!

I still feel like I’m living in some kind of fairy tale, somebody elses richly blessed life, I have to pinch myself still to believe it.

Of course, I have not forgotten where I have come from and realize that Christmas is still a very painful time for so many of my special friends. My Christmas prayer this is that all of your dreams may be granted in the coming year and that you have peace and joy regardless of the direction your lives may take.

Oh and just a little brag – my angel enjoying a Sunday morning nap, I can’t believe she’s two weeks old today!


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  • Reply Lea White

    I kept thinking of you all of Christmas day, kept being so happy for you and kept thinking how significant this Christmas must be for you. You certainly are ending this year on a high note! Savour every moment, enjoy it. I’m so happy your moment came.

    December 27, 2009 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Hela

    So glad you had a lovely Christmas! This time next year she’ll take more notice on Christmas day!

    December 27, 2009 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Denise

    I can’t believe how beautiful she is, you are so very blessed

    December 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Rach

    Glad to hear you had such a lovely Christmas, lucky you and W.


    December 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Adi

    Ah, that piccie is gorgeous…so peaceful! Christmas and kids go like ice cream and chocolate sauce.

    December 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Elana Kahn

    Such a sweetie! I’m so glad you had an amazing Christmas…it couldn’t have been more deserved. πŸ™‚

    December 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply K

    So totally AWEsome xxx

    December 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Oh what a sweet, beautiful picture! he says I may not have laboured for her birth, but I laboured seven and a half years for her arrival in our life! and your husband won the hearts of many infertile women with that statement…how sweet.

    December 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Dubai

    I just got the chance to read your updates after being in SA for 6 weeks for DE ivf-negative. I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks, I am so, so happy for you and your husband. I pray that you will have the best year ahead with your daughter. Congratiolations again !!! She is perfect in every way.

    December 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Dawn Davenport

    Your post gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. I am so very very happy for you. You are experiencing and living the beauty and power of adoption!!

    Dawn at

    December 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply SassyCupcakes

    The ring is such a special way to honour the arrival of your little girl into your family.

    December 28, 2009 at 3:34 am
  • Reply charne

    my heart melted and i got tears in my eyes reading about the eternity ring

    love to u my friend


    December 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply C h i r l e e n

    AWWW!! Merry Christmas!


    December 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    Awwww *melt*, she is so squeezable and totally gorgeous!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    At some stage when you have time/energy I’d LOVE some more in depth info on how you’re coping with the sleep deprivation, how she’s settled, what the status is on your maternity leave etc?! πŸ™‚
    Exciting times!!!
    Still so very excited for you.

    December 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Kirsty

    I won’t say “I told you so” … because until you experience it, you have just NO idea how it blows your mind!
    And you have a real honey of a hubby! How sweet… and to know that Tanzanite was the birth stone! x You deserve all the rich blessings you have been rewarded with! x

    December 28, 2009 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Am so so happy for you and your hubby. You both deserve it. I was thinking about you a lot on Christmas day. Enjoy your precious miracle.

    ps…your husband is a WINNER!!!

    December 29, 2009 at 8:21 am
  • Reply jan

    you deserve every nano second of this shari!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:39 am
  • Reply niobe

    She’s just gorgeous!

    December 30, 2009 at 12:45 am
  • Reply Charleen

    I’ve been quietly reading your ‘story’ on Fertilicare and finally decided to come onto your website πŸ™‚ I gave my baby up for adoption at birth 2 years ago and through the whole adoption pregnancy I was exposed to infertility, which broke my heart! Reading your words makes me realise the euphoria my adoptive parents went through – I thank you for this. Sharon, you have been richly blessed and you are SO deserving of your little Ava. To you, DH and Ava – Forti Nihl Difficulius (Nothing is too difficult for the brave!) Fond wishes x0

    December 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply sassy

    I love that your husband gave you the ring, and what he said. Beautiful.

    December 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply SCY

    She truly is a Christmas miracle my friend, I am so blessed to be a part of her life.

    (BIG brownie points to W for the eternity ring – can’t believe you never showed it to me last night!!)


    December 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Sandy

    Congratulations on so much, Sharon, particularly on being able to finally cross to the other side. The photo should be entered in a contest, it’s the most beautiful baby photo I’ve ever seen. Your 2010 is sure to be nothing but wonderful (ok, maybe a bit fatiguing, but a wonderful fatigue). Hugs, Sandy

    January 4, 2010 at 3:55 am
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