Iza Calzado-Wintle's latest project is one she didn't expect: She's pregnant with her first child! Together with her husband Ben Wintle, the actress now celebrates a trio of milestones: turning 40, toasting to 20 years in the show biz industry, and becoming a mother.
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In a heartfelt Instagram post, Iza reveals the unexpected turn of events in her life. "I was ready to usher in this new chapter in my life. Then you came along. Unexpectedly. You may not have been in my immediate plans but I instinctively knew that this was THE plan," she writes.
She continues, "In my forty years I have come to discern when God is steering me to a different direction." Iza admits that while she had wanted to have a kid in the future, she didn't think it would happen immediately. Nonetheless, she is happy to be taking on this new phase in life. "A path I may not have thought of yet it always turns out to be the best for me. So now, I surrender to His will with no resistance. God’s plans are always far greater than mine and I humbly accept this new chapter of my life with a heart filled with gratitude, casting all my fears and worries aside and simply trusting in the divine timing and wisdom of life. Something deep inside me knows that you will propel me to greater heights to soar higher than ever before in ways I cannot even begin to imagine," she adds.
Iza goes on, saying things will make sense at the end. "You will give me THE WHY, THE PURPOSE, THE DIRECTION in life, and I embrace you in my life as we build, along with Ben — your dad, a FAMILY," she said.
She ends her touching pregnancy announcement post quoting her character Patty from 2014 local film Starting Over Again, "As a character of mine said in a film, “In love there is no fear.”" Iza further says, "I will choose to live each day giving life to you vibrating from this frequency — LOVE.
"They were right. Life does begin at 40. Simply put, your life begins as your mother turns forty. To know that life is growing inside me is great miracle. You are my miracle. You are my guiding light. Thank You, Lord, for the most beautiful birthday gift. Our ABUNDANCE."
Congratulations, Iza and Ben!
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