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Cherise E. Jackson
The Ceremony will take place on the St. John Terrace at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. If you have received an invitation you can click on the RSVP button above to let us know you are planning to attend.
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
When I met your father, I was 43 and he was 42 years old. We got married 3 years later at 46 and 44. We tried to conceive for about 2 years but our parents were getting older and the focus shifted to taking care of them. Your Ma Dear had been diagnosed with Dementia and Daddy's mom had a stroke. We conceded that it would just be the two of us and we were okay with that. We loved each other very much and that was enough. In 2015, your Grandma Jean passed away and left a phenomenal legacy. She was a commissioner for Montgomery County in Maryland and helped underprivileged residents get housing. At that time, there were three pregnancies at my job, my best friend Tamara was pregnant, my cousin, Kenisha was pregnant and Tony's cousin Raymond, Jr.'s fiancé was having a baby. I felt like I was bombarded with the idea of having a baby daily. Wow! That is when the Lord put it on my heart to have a baby. That baby being you. At this point in my life we were exhausted at the end of a day and the thought of running behind a toddler was terrifying! I, like Sarah laughed at the thought of getting pregnant at age 51. Although I was not initially thrilled with the concept, I quickly became overjoyed at the idea of having a baby! One of the most magnificent gifts the Lord can give.
Now keep in mind that I was told that Invitro Fertilization was not performed on women over 50 in this country. I went on line to research fertility centers in our area. After giving all my information, name, address, date of birth, etc, Shady Groove Fertility Center told me that they did not do IVF on women past 49 and a half years of age. I was crushed, but not for long. I immediately got back online and found Washington Fertility Center with Dr. Pierre Asmar. I loved him from the very beginning. He was so positive. After my initial consult with him the only major challenge was the money. Where were we going to get the money to pay for the procedure? Well, when the Lord has a vision, he will provide! My employer, Dr. Seifi and her daughter, Nina loaned us the money. Every step after that was effortless. All the screenings and exams were passed effortlessly. I was studying John at the time and whenever a seed of doubt started to pop up, I would remember the scripture" I have shown you signs and miracles and yet still you do not believe." We only had enough money to complete one cycle of IVF. Voila, in that first cycle you were conceived. You are our miracle!
We dedicate this book to you. This book is for you, about you and because of you. I hope that in the years to come that you will cherish it and share it with your family and their children.
With all our love,
Mommy and Daddy