I am a Marine wife and stay at home mom. I married my husband, Peter Prikazsky, on June 3, 2006 in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Two weeks later we moved to Stafford, Virginia so that he could attend TBS (The Basic School) at Quantico, Virginia. In April 2007 we moved to Okinawa, Japan where we lived for 3 years. While there I worked at the Marine Gift Shop and traveled to Hong Kong and mainland China on buying trips. Peter was able to travel to Korea, the Philippines and Thailand while we lived in Okinawa. We loved traveling Asia!
In the Summer of 2008 we decided we were ready to start our family. I became pregnant as soon as I stopped taking birth control. It was such a surprise! It was August 2008 and Peter was leaving on a 6 month deployment in September. Since Peter was gone, I flew home to Illinois for Thanksgiving and Christmas. While there I found out that our little girl had a condition called Anencephaly. This is a neural tube defect where the top portion of the brain and skull do not form. There was no chance of survival in this situation. The Marine Corps allowed Peter to come to Illinois to be with me for 2 weeks. We were facing a very tough decision and we were praying fervently for answers. Though this is still hard for me to write, we decided to terminate the pregnancy. This is by far the hardest decision we have ever made in our life. I don't know if we made the right decision. But I know that if this was not the right decision, we are forgiven. And I know that God is holding our little girl, Addison Willow, in His arms until we can meet her in Heaven! I am telling you this because this is something that changed my life forever and defines a lot of who I am and what I believe. After burying our little girl, Peter returned to his deployment and I flew back to Okinawa. We did not see each other for 3 months. I think I cried myself to sleep almost every night for those 3 months. But that is all part of the grieving process and my relationship with God grew immensely during this time. I am thankful for this time that I had with the Lord. It was a life altering experience!