Our Miracle Son… A Purpose For My Second Life

It’s January 13, 2011 – the birthday or our “miracle son” Garrett!

We call him “miracle son” because he is our 4th pregnancy but our first baby.  We have lost 3 pregnancies and one of them was a baby girl who died in utero at 16 weeks…

My pregnancy with Garrett was such on the “high risk” level that my doctor said to discontinue EVERYTHING I was doing and stay in bed for 2 weeks straight!  At that time, I was going for my last few classes at the University of CA in Irvine, to become a Certified Financial Planner and I had to make a decision to discontinue that.  It was 9 months of close monitoring and a very fragile pregnancy.

A week before Garrett was due to be born, I experienced excruciating pain in my lower abdomen and I knew something was terribly wrong.  A couple of weeks prior, I already started sleeping on the couch downstairs as I couldn’t go upstairs anymore.  That morning, I found myself yelling for help, crawling on the floor, waking Gary up.

911 was called and in 3 minutes flat, they were right at our doorstep.  After 12 needle pokings, they finally found a vein for my IV… We waited for hours as they performed ultra-sound figuring out what was wrong with me but they couldn’t find anything.  When the doctor made arrangements to transfer me to my original hospital, the baby’s vitals started dropping and all I heard was “Code Red… Code Red” and they rushed me into the OR. I overheard them saying to my husband: “Sir, put this smock on and follow us…”  To that Gary responded:  “No I have to go back to the car.. you don’t understand… if I don’t have the camera when she has the baby, I am a dead man!” (Ha, ha! Even way back then, the camera was already an extension of me and Gary knew it!)

Gary and I Welcoming Our “Miracle Child” Garrett

A few minutes later, after all the commotion, I heard the doctor say out loud:  “Oh my God… Oh my God… look at the hole in her uterus!  Mr. Tiebens, a few more minutes, you could have lost them both… this is a miracle!”

I still get teary eyed when I remember those moments… it was a time when I really came close to death without really knowing I was that close.

Since that time, I have always been mindful that I am living a second life…

God gave our son and I a second chance at life and it’s for a greater purpose for sure.  Now, years later, I have evolved into someone who has embraced entrepreneurship and have a wider reach of audience to empower and equip.

I know in my heart that I was given a second chance to Encourage, Empower and Equip entrepreneurs – to become not only a Messenger of Hope but a Teacher of Skills they can leverage.

My challenge to you right now is this:

What pivotal points in your life would you consider a second shot at life?  You may have more than one but how are you remembering what they are and what meaning and purpose do you give it?

I urge you to grab inspiration from such set backs.

I look forward to connecting with you and until next time…

I’m Here…

Cheering You On To Your Success!

Emma 😉

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30 thoughts on “Our Miracle Son… A Purpose For My Second Life

  1. Emma,
    Wow, what a story this is. This shows once again the power of a second chance. My second chance is no where near as dramatic as yours, but it does mean tons to me. Thanks for reminding me to never lose sight of that fact.

    Many wonderful wishes to you and your family.

    Val 🙂
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Dream It…Live It! =-.

  2. Hi Emma,

    Firstly,a fantabulously happy birthday to Garrett 🙂
    Secondly,thank you for sharing that tremendous story about the birth and the pivotal moment in your life.

    I had a pivotal’moment’when a close friend died at a far too young age….I pivoted for quite a while but gave me the insight into my life,I always knew was there already…you could say it was a wake up call;One to get up and start making a positive difference in the life of others!

    A wonderful reminder Emma,Thanks again…you’re awesome 🙂

  3. Indeed, Emma…

    You are a GIFT to me and to so many aspiring entrepreneurs out there.

    Living your life to the Fullest is your Best Inspiration to me…..to us, who look upon you as a Messengr of Hope and a Teacher of Skills.

    May you continue to inspire more and make other’s lives BETTER.

    Wishing you nothing but the Best,


  4. Emma, that was an inspiring story and brought tears to my eyes. Keep promoting your message of hope.

  5. Thank you for reminding me that all parts of my life interconnect. A lovely story, I’m so happy that you and your child are here with us. You’ve given me a lot to think about this morning.

  6. Hi Emma,
    Thank-you for sharing your amazing and inspiring story!
    It is through the trials that our character is built…gold
    and silver have to go through a refining process
    in order to be of worth!! So it is with our lives!!
    I am sure you will agree the trials make us stronger
    and better people, if for nothing else, it is too
    better equip us to help others and make a difference!!
    Thanks again for sharing, great pic by the way
    and beautiful baby!! I have had five babies so I know the joy!!:)

  7. The story was lovely, the picture radiates happiness and love. Makes me think of the bumper sticker “Expect a Miracle.” Thank you for sharing.

    After my husband unexpectedly died, I have become accurately aware that even when life sucks…inspiration is possible.

  8. What a moving story Emma, I am so happy for you and Your husband. Truly, we all given second chances at life one time or the other during our journey here on earth. I am so proud of you that you have taken this rare gift at life and have become someone greater than before. Nice meeting you Emma, thanks to Chris Brogan who mentioned you on his blog!
    .-= Tito Philips, Jnr.´s last blog ..Progress Evaluation For Entrepreneurs =-.

  9. Hello Val! You sooo rock! I am in awe of you and your thoughtfulness! Thank you for the social media “love” 😉 I believe all our “second chance” stories are relevant and meaningful and nothing so trivial… When you decide to blog about that, tag me on my FB Wall, will you? Big Hugs!

  10. Awww, thanks Jan! Garrett says thanks too! I am sorry to hear about your friend… I can only imagine how hard it must have been for a young mind like yours at that time… making sense of the “mysteries and miseries” of life leaves us either going towards failure or success… I am so proud of you for choosing success and making a difference in the lives of others… Cheering you on, Jan!!! Big Hugs!

  11. Awww, thanks Nellie! You relate to the gift because YOU are a gift yourself – I love living Inspiration with a Purpose so I teach “Functional Inspiration” – where I am able to blend motivation and strategies that propel people to move forward! Wishing you nothing but the best as well! Big Hugs, Nellie!

  12. Hameed! How have you been? Long time no “see”… time goes by sooo quickly these days… they are fleeting! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment and Happy New Year to you and your family as well! Hopefully we’ll meet someday soon!!! Warmest Regards…

  13. Hello Brent! Thank you so much for your kind comment… Happy New Year to you and your family as well! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog… Warmest regards…

  14. I am sooo thrilled to be part of this blog post from Chris Brogan… I absolutely admire Chris not only as a consummate marketer but also the “Father” of Relationship and Trust Marketing. I love how he “humanizes” businesses! Chris is the real deal… what an honor to finally meeting him and staying in touch with him… he’s a MUST KNOW for all marketers of the world!

  15. Hello Barbara! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment… I am so glad you were reminded of the “parts of your life that interconnect”… I hope you had a great morning of introspection… if you blogged about your thoughts and would like to share, I would love to hear more about your morning! 😉

  16. Dear Rowena… you are sooo cute! Hmmm, aren’t you a newly wed? Are the baby bells ringing loudly these days? ha, ha! Thank you for always being there, cheering, encouraging supporting… yes, Garrett is 9 yrs old now but he will always be my baby! Love and Hugs, Rowena!

  17. Hello Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by, reading my post and leaving a comment… I trust that my post has given you some inspiration to think about… the tears in your eyes means that you have a heart for people and you are “connected” with them and their triumph and pain… Would love to know more about you! Will read your “Defining Your Parenting Goals” post shortly… Take care, Cheryl!

  18. Hello Karlene! Thanks you for your kind comment… yes, “it’s through the trials that our character is build”… Yes Ma’m… I agree 110% that trials make us stronger and better people! Wow! You have 5 babies? That is awesome! Are they still babies? Please stay in touch… am also on FB http://www.Facebook.com/emmatiebens 😉 Take care, Karlene!

  19. Oh Katybeth, thank you so much for your kind comment. Yes, that day was filled with happiness and love, welcoming our Garrett and our 2nd life! I LOVE that… “Expect A Miracle”… Everyday I say to myself “Something good is going to happen to me today and I can hardly wait to see what God has in store for me today!” It really sets the tone for my day 😉 I am so, so, so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing… you have such an amazing attitude and heart… would love to stay connected! Take care, Katybeth and many, many blessings!

  20. Hello Tito! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comment… thank you for sharing in our joy… Yes, circumstances come and go in our lives and it’s up to us to give it meaning and use it to either lift us up or drag us down… I LOOOVE Chris Brogan and I am glad you do too! I went to your blog and was VERY impressed… you have a lot of great content… stay in touch, Tito!!! Take care…

  21. Thank you, Emma.

    I have a miracle son, too.

    His name is Noah Simone. He came three years after a Vasectomy Reversal by a man who was featured on Prime Time who developed a method of operation with a 70 % success rate. Three years after my operation, we got our son, Noah. My ex moved out of the house one day and never returned. Only recently have I reconnected with my son on Facebook. He’ll be 18 in 4 days. March 4th, 2001.

    So grateful for my miracle son.