When Hadley and Gentry Eddings were driving home from a beach wedding, their vehicle was struck by a truck. The accident killed their two-year-old son, Dobbs, and also killed Hadley's unborn baby, Reed (she was 37 weeks pregnant.)
The driver was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle, but the Eddings made headlines when they forgave him for his actions. Gentry Eddings is a pastor, and said the couple relied on their faith to get through a difficult time.
The accident was in 2015, and now two years later, Hadley Eddings has found herself pregnant...with twins!
But while the Eddings are of course thrilled about their two new bundles of joy, it took Hadley Eddings some time to feel okay with motherhood again.
“Even just deciding that maybe we were ready to try to have babies again was a long road,” Hadley told WCNC-TV. “I had missed being a mom from day one, but around this summer I thought, ‘We’re getting to that point where it’s okay for me to be pregnant and I want to have more babies.’ I don’t want to continue to live this life without being a mom again.”
The Eddings say their faith in God is what has helped heal their hearts over the last two years.
“We believe there is a lot of hope in our story and it reminds us God is a restorer. We want other people who are going through hard things in their life to be encouraged in that as well,” Gentry Eddings said.
And while Dobbs and Reed have passed on to a better place, their parents are making sure their memory is never forgotten.
“I will always make them a birthday cake. That’s what I’m going to do on my children’s birthdays,” Hadley said, "Our goal is that these babies would know for sure who their big brothers are and all about them."
The road to healing has not been without difficulty, but that's to be expected.
"We cry a lot," Hadley said. "We don't want people to think that we are great and we don't cry and we are happy, because that is not what it's like. God is good and we know that, but we are sad and mad. We are scared and frustrated. There is a million emotions. It is just all at once sometimes."
Our prayers are with the Eddings family as they continue to heal from their tragedy, but also as they get set to embark on a new adventure! We know that Dobbs and Reed are smiling down on you today.