Mother's Day 2022 will be special for Alex and Kinsey Wallace and their 3-year-old daughter, Adleigh Diane.
But then every day is special for the proud parents and for their "miracle baby."
Adleigh Diane came to be through the in vitro fertilization process, a process made possible through the financial support of the Bundle of Joy Foundation set up by NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha.
The foundation awarded the couple $20,000 to pay for the process that creates embryos by mixing eggs and sperm in a lab dish and then implanting the embryo into the mother's body.
"It has been such a joy to see her grow and develop," said Kinsey of Adleigh. "She really is becoming her own person. It's wonderful just to be a part of it."
But while the past four years brought the joy of a successful pregnancy and the birth of a beautiful daughter to the two teachers, they brought tragedy as well.
A second in vitro pregnancy saw an embryo implanted into Kinsey late last summer. The embryo split into two, with the promise of identical twins with a due date of May 18.
The couple knew the pregnancy would be one of high risk and, heartbreakingly, the twin boys were lost when Kinsey miscarried in October.
Such a loss might have prompted other couples to say, "OK, we have a beautiful daughter. Let's not try again."
But guided by a rock-solid Christian faith, Kinsey and Alex not only made peace with the loss of their sons, but also went ahead with another in vitro pregnancy.
An embryo was implanted into Kinsey in February and the couple are now looking forward to the birth of a second daughter in the middle of the upcoming autumn.
"It's worth it," said Kinsey, a former Carr Elementary and current health and physical education teacher at Lincoln Charter School, of all that goes into an invitro pregnancy. "It has been an emotional roller coaster for us, but we wanted to try again. God's plan is greater than our own."
"I believe that everything happens for a reason," added Alex, who is now the athletic director at Holbrook Middle School after several years of teaching and coaching at North Gaston High.
"As I've said often as a coach, 'You're going to get some curve balls thrown at you,'" he continued. "But a lot of life, a lot of your success and who you are as a person, is measured by how you respond to adversity."
"We believe that everything happens for a reason," Alex added. "A lot of people have suffered more than we have. We just trust in God's timing. We both wanted to be parents more than anything else."
So what will Mother's Day mean to this family?
"It is very important to us," said Alex. "We are both fortunate to have our mothers. And it is very special to have both of them be a part of Adleigh's life. They have done so much for us. They have been so supportive of us."
"At one time we did not know if we would ever celebrate Mother's Day as parents," said Kinsey. "So this is all very special. To celebrate our mothers and how important they are and to celebrate Adleigh as well."
At some point, as Adleigh grows older, Kinsey and Alex say they will share with her, and with their second daughter, just how special and miraculous they are.
"It will be cool," she said, "when they are able to understand it. And for now, maybe our story will help other couples who are going through the same thing."
So what will Mother's Day 2022 bring?
"It'll be low key. We'll worship at Venture Church in Dallas," said Alex, "and then we'll do something with our moms. It'll be good."
"We'll celebrate," added Kinsey. "We have a lot to be thankful for."
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This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: Gaston County family celebrates Mother's Day with NASCAR mix