One couple found out that life tends to happen when humans make other plans. Arkell and Dana Griffin-Graves recently found out they were pregnant after 17 years of trying, waiting and then giving up.
The Dinwiddie, Va., couple celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary last May. They started off their marriage almost two decades ago planning on a family, but had many problems in realizing their dream. Dana Griffin-Graves told Buzzfeed she delivered a stillborn baby at six months and had four miscarriages.
“It just didn’t work out, so we kind of gave up,” she said.
Looking at their Facebook pages, their lives are full. Both are involved in the community, their family, and each other. Arkell Graves complimented his wife on the public portion of his Facebook page on their anniversary.
“17 years strong, blessed and I love it. Know, greater partner to have,” he wrote.
Recently, Dana decided to start a walking program with her friends. She began to notice all of them were losing weight, but she wasn’t losing any. Concerned, she paid her doctor a visit. The doctor told her she was five months pregnant.
“I was ecstatic,” she said. “We hadn’t planned anything, we weren’t trying.”
Dana wanted to do something special to tell Arkell. So, she put some buns in the oven with a sonogram picture next to them. Arkell began helping to make dinner while his wife filmed him. She told him there was something in the oven, and he looked.
His reaction was of stunned surprise.
“You’re pregnant?” Arkell asked a couple of times before he became emotional. He burst into tears when she told him she was five months along and cried even harder when Dana told him even more news – she was having a boy.