"There is no way this blessing in our lives wasn't going to come for either one of us," Laurie said. However, dealing with the reality of how this baby was going to change their family, was tough. "I had a very difficult time living and trying to figure out how to handle dealing with it," Laurie said. "There was nothing I could do to have prevented it and there was nothing I can do to fix it." It took time, but eventually with the help of family and friends, Laurie's baby became someone to celebrate.
As Ryan and Laurie have learned already, this baby wasn't going to follow anyone's plan. Savannah Hope arrived a couple of days early and in the middle of the night. "We're being entrusted with such a special child that will have a great dynamic in our home and with our family," Laurie said, "that's priceless, I'm so grateful for that."
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The Brownback Kennedy bill would give families like this the education and support they need, right when they need it, in case they are too distraught to seek it out, or don't know where to turn. Stories like these should serve as an impetus to help get the bill out of committee this January, and onto the Senate floor for a vote.