(CBS) — It was as perfect as artist Marjorie Jean Geist imagined.
First came love, then came marriage. And then pregnancy — twins.
But everything changed when she felt what she thought was a nudge, in September. Believing it to be contractions, she hailed an Uber to the hospital. The driver was incredulous.
“He’s like, ‘Okay, you’re having baby? Is this really happening?’” Geist says about the driver. “And I said, ‘I hope not.’”
She hoped not because she was only 19 weeks pregnant.
The twins, Edward and Kevin, didn’t survive. Geist has paid for the losses ever since.
Her sons’ deaths came shortly after she lost her job. Her unpaid medical bills total almost $10,000.
“Sometimes when I look at my husband when he’s sleeping, he looks like Edward,” she says, referring to one of the babies. “His heart was beating for 47 minutes.”
Geist is paying off her debt one ornament at a time. She posted her plan on Facebook – creating individualized ornaments for $55. Your pet. Your home.
The response, she says, has been overwhelming.
Her plan to pay for her loss has blossomed – similar to when she finally got around to planting a rose bush in late October.
“As soon as I plant them four roses bloomed,” Geist says.
Four buds. She had two miscarriages prior to the twins.
“We held your hand for only a short time, a precious gift from God,” Geist says, reading from a poem she penned. “Until we meet again, so brief your stay.”
A friend has set up a Go Fund Me account for Majorie. To inquire about an ornament, she can be reached at artistMJ@yahoo.com.