CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte couple who lost both of their children in a crash on Highway 17 in Pender County in 2015 announced they are expecting twins.
Hadley and Gentry Eddings made the announcement Sunday on the Prayers for the Eddings Family Facebook page.
Gentry, who is a pastor at Forest Hill Church, and his wife Hadley, who teaches 4-year-olds at the church, expressed their gratitude to the community that supported them since the Memorial Day weekend accident.
“Y’all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful! Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!" the post read.
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Matthew Deans, 28, was sentenced to 27 to 32 months in prison after the truck he was driving rear-ended Hadley's car on Highway 17.
Dobbs, 2, was killed immediately. Reed was delivered by emergency C-section but died at the hospital.
"The Lord has not left us for one second in our grief of losing our two boys almost 2 years ago. God is a redeemer and a restorer! God blesses us beyond what we deserve or could ever imagine. We are excited that Dobbs and Reed are going to be big brothers to TWINS! We are so thankful for our family and so many friends who have prayed for us and cheered us on our way. We're rejoicing, and thank Jesus for these two precious little ones," the couple said in a statement.
Deans pleaded guilty and apologized to the Eddings in an emotional court hearing in September 2015.
The couple publicly announced that they forgave Deans.
"We are thankful that Matthew Deans was willing to accept responsibility for what has happened. We believe he was sincere in his apology. Our hearts still have compassion for him and we were glad to have the opportunity to express our forgiveness to him directly. Our hope and prayer is that he would be restored and live a good life,” said the Eddings in a statement.
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