Three Little Birds

Story of 3 little birds and one who soared above us all.


Thanks for checking out our blog. This website is done to answer questions and keep everyone updated on our triplets, our Three Little Birds. The Bob Marley song has been my calming mantra throughout a long pregnancy with a few bumps in the road (and just a few more to come) and is also our nursery theme. Plus Clay sings a pretty nice version in his steel drum band, Soca Jukebox.

Clay and I have known each other since childhood and was my first true crush. He was my brother’s best friend and even though I was formerly the pesky tag along little sister, we were a natural fit. We’ve been married 5 years and have had many great experiences together – travelling around to Mexico twice, Lake Tahoe and Reno, Miami, Chicago, Colorado, San Diego, going to some great Mizzou games, plays, musicals, concerts, enjoying our fuzzy cat children, remodeling a house (okay that wasn’t pure bliss, but an experience none the less). Granted we’ve had some losses and some difficult times, but we’ve mainly had  a great  5 years together that have flown by.

The main question we get regarding our triplets is some form of was this natural? Do triplets run in your family? or my favorite version – Did you do this on purpose?

In a simple answer, No. I don’t think any one has triplets on purpose. Like many other families, we were eager to start our family. After a few years of marriage with no luck in family starting department, we went to a fertility specialist. Due to a ruptured appendix at age 7 that resulted in peritonitis and lots of internal adhesions, I wasn’t too surprised when more aggressive measures were needed. To keep it brief and not start an infertility blog, I had 2 laparascopic surgeries, 1 round of injectable meds, 1 round IVF, and 1 frozen embryo transfer all ending in disappointment before going to a different doctor.  With our final attempt at IVF, we placed two healthy embryos in the hopes of having one healthy little baby and were quite surprised to end up with three! Guess God heard our prayers to start a family and came through a little more thoroughly than planned.

Our motto continues to be “Don’t worry, ’bout a thing, cause every little thing, is gonna be alright.”




  1. Jenny Miller

    Love the blog, great idea. I can’t believe people ask you if it was on purpose……OK, I guess I can believe it! Too funny. Hang in there Momma!

  2. Aunt Beth

    Well, I know I am as excited as my sister, the grandmother! This is a blessed event that was meant to be because I can’t think of 2 people that are better suited to being parents of triplets. I am feeling very old lately but I do want to try to help in any possible way that I can. Thinking of you everyday!

  3. Amanda,
    I am so glad to have found you here! Wow–you all have been through sooo much. Your babies are absolutely adorable! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Best! Leslie

  4. cindy shultz

    I have fallen in love with Clay’s music and with Soca Jukebox but am truly moved by your story. I asked Clay about you and his babies at one of his shows and he beams with pride, not just for his babies, but also for you. That is impressive and I wish you all the luck, best wishes and prayers. We wil follow Clay’s music but know that we are thinking of his babies and wishing them well the whole time.

  5. kristen welborn


    I have thought of you lots and now followed the link to catch up. I am so proud of you, Clay and your precious triplets. I try to take in all that you’ve been through and I can’t hardly do it…I’ve prayed all along for you all and will continue to do so now with better direction.

    I miss you and want you to know how beautiful your posts are.

    I did meet Clay last summer when he played at a summer BBQ shower for my cousin Jared and his now wife, Jessica. I hope he told you-bet he did.


    Kristen Welborn

  6. Joanna

    I knew Clay after he graduated MO West (& couldn’t seem to leave the place). I had since lost touch but am happy to hear he found someone so special. Your family is precious & I am so sorry to hear about your recent loss. My husband & I had our own issues with fertility & also did IVF twice with the last frozen transfer resulting in triplets (2 transferred & 1 naturally occurring much to all of our surprise). Your story is really hitting home when I realize so many other issues could have occurred. May God watch over all of you & guide you along until you can be together once again.


  7. Thanks for the great blog.

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