It’s not every day that little girls get to meet a member of the royal family, much less the Queen of the United Kingdom herself. But it was not a regular day for six-year-old Maisie, not at all!
On her visit to Cardiff, Wales, the Queen was given a very warm Welsh welcome. The morning began with the Royal Welsh Regiment marching from the Cardiff Castle to the Millennium Stadium lead by Regimental Sergeant Major Martin Gregory. It was followed by a regimental lunch at one of the Millennium Stadium’s suites, after which little Maisie was tasked to give the Queen a posy of flowers.
Joanna Gregory, wife to Martin and mother to Maisie, revealed to the WalesOnline that Maisie had been awake since 4:45AM that day in anticipation for the event. She had been very excited for weeks and telling her friends at the Cwmclydach Infant School in Tonypandy all about it. So much so that she even agreed to wear traditional clothes for her royal encounter! Her mother, Joanne, said of her outfit,
“She took a bit of convincing initially but when she realised she was going to meet the Queen she was quite happy to wear traditional Welsh clothes.”
Maisie stood by looking so cute, ready to meet the Queen. She was waiting with her aunt and her elder sister Shauna. As the big moment came, Maisie handed her the flowers and offered a polite curtsy. The Queen responded by complimenting her Welsh traditional dress and a blessing.
The Queen moved forward and began to walk away, something unexpected happened. Right next to little Maisie was a lance corporal who raised his hand to salute as the Queen passed. In doing so, he accidentally hit Maisie and knocked her hat off. An audible, “ow!” could be heard as the royal guard held his salute. The queen, unaware of what happened, continued to exit. He then bent down to apologise to Maisie and her mother for the unintentional smack.
The best part? All this was recorded on tape!
Maisie was comforted by her mother, who accepted the guard’s apology and said she was fine and was simply tired from lack of sleep.
It had been a big day for the Gregory family as they lead the welcome ceremonies for the Queen’s visit. Regimental Sergeant Major Martin, Maisie’s father, said of the experience,
It was an extremely proud moment
And indeed it was!
This was definitely unfortunate for little Maisie but super cute nonetheless!
After the couple adopted 3 children after having tried for over a decade to have a baby of their own, Allen joked that he should get a vasectomy. But, since they had to go through a lot of extra hoops just to start their family, they figured it was a totally necessary step for him to take. Of course, that’s when the universe pulled a fast one and showed the couple that the joke was on them!
Timing is everything when you’re a young woman who wants to start a family. But, the biological clock was ticking for Beth, who at 36 had still been unable to conceive a biological child of her own.
Beth and Allen started trying to conceive in 2008, but after months went by with no baby in sight, they looked to a fertility doctor for help. Sadly, three and a half years of with a specialist resulted in nothing more than a drained bank account and a hopeless heart. Beth wrote on her Facebook page:
“I had to stop going to baby showers. I held back tears when people asked innocently, why we hadn’t had kids yet? Doubts crept in. ‘Was this because of some unconfessed sin in my life? Did God really not want me to be a mother? Why was it so easy for everybody else to get pregnant? When would it happen?’”
The heartbroken mom-in-waiting got to the point where she no longer bought pregnancy tests. It wasn’t the sort of “negative” that she wanted to have in her life.
The couple finally began to look into adoption in the summer of 2011. They were officially “on file” a day after they began the paperwork process through an agency, but their prayers were actually answered another way. Beth’s father-in-law called her with news about a family friend whose daughter was pregnant. Two months later, they welcome Delaney Jane into their family.
Shortly thereafter, the same young woman had another baby girl, and the two were ecstatic when they adopted Delaney’s biological sister, Kylea Elizabeth! A few years later, the same woman who had given birth Beth and Allen’s first two girls was pregnant yet again, but this time she had a little boy. After Brooks Allen joined his two sisters, Beth and Allen thought their family was finally complete.
Although Beth felt blessed to have become a mother 3 times over, her desire to actually carry a child and feel a precious little baby kick and squirm inside of her never went away. Lucky for her, God was still very much tuned-in to her heart’s desire.
“After feeling bad (nauseous, very tired, vomiting) for a week, I made a doctor’s appointment to see what might be going on. My husband later told me he ‘just had a feeling.’”
After she made an appointment to officially rule out pregnancy, she was floored when the doctor told her that it was too late for her husband to get a vasectomy. Not only was she pregnant, but the timing was an absolute miracle!
“After estimating my due date based on my last period, they gave us a projected conception date, April 6. Brooks’s adoption was final on April 5. God’s plan was so perfect that HE didn’t wait weeks or months or even years after the finalization of our last adoption, HE literally closed the chapter on that part of our story and turned the page to a new chapter the very NEXT day!”
At 37 years old, Beth found herself having a healthy “first” pregnancy, even though she already had three children at home. The happy mom went on to say that it was a miracle that God even allowed her to carry precious Caroline Rose, when she had already been blessed with “3 beautiful babies through adoption.”