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Friday, September 28, 2012

In the Swing

A few months ago I wrote about going through premature menopause and I realize that this is a very personal topic to discuss. I can only hope that someday a survivor will stumble across these entries and find a connection and someone who can relate. I also think it is much easier to write this all out here with no one around and no real fear of rejection, questions, or pity stares then to sit down and share. It just seems kind of vain or depressing if I were to bring this up in friendly conversation. So sharing is a two-fold purpose.... I hope this helps others and it is therapeutic to me. Over the summer it became clear that I was nearing the end of my cycles due to high levels of radiation of a child. It makes me realize all the more how miraculous it is that my children are here. They shouldn't be and it is a huge testament to how big my God is. Over the summer I literally was having a cycle every 8-12 days which made me a crazy hormonal mess... Especially because I knew what it meant. Then in August I slowed down and felt more pregnant then I have ever felt before. Matt and I were secretly rejoicing... Had we once again defied modern medicine? I was late and we got even more excited. Almost a week went by and then I began cramping and after my third babies labor, it felt like that... Like my body was pushing on its own and we miscarried. It was a weird feeling. I was sad, but also slightly hopedul that we could maybe have a chance of having another baby. And then this month came around I began to think what if I keep getting pregnant and miscarrying... Is that even possible? Is that the equivalent to the worse hormonal months ever!? It's just so many unknowns that make for a very unsure walk of faith. But God knows and we are trusting Him. If its a no, it's a no.... But we won't stop praying or trying until we know for certain no matter how much heartache we go through on the way, because following him is worth it. The other night I was in some pain and emotionally drained and I looked at my husband and said, "I am so thankful we married when we did. I am so thankful we never said our apartment is to small to have a baby. I am so thankful we never worried about money. Because if we had, we wouldn't have any of our three babies." I know we wouldn't. If we had decided God couldnt handle it for us, if we had let all the negatives and worldly things stop us, we really and truly would have missed out on some of e greatest gifts God has ever given us. I am so, so glad we trusted the Lord even though it was so hard. When we got pregnant when our first born was 9 months old, I remember thinking what will people think? You know what I think? How could we have thought for a second God didn't have another precious gift he was so excited to give us. And we had our only girl and she lights up our lives. And then our third... We live in a small three bedroom home and had one of each, so shouldnt that be enough? I'm so glad we didn't stop there and got a wonderful surprise third baby. He's crazy, but rounds us out so nicely. His older brother and him are two peas in a pod. So now I am going to go to the heart of the matter.... It kills me... Literally breaks my heart and keeps me in tears when I hear people say they planned it out, they can't afford more, or are on the pill. I know I can't judge, but I can hopefully shed some light on the truth. It's wrong. God is the author of life and oh, how he loves us. He knows what is best and he has plans for these little ones. When I think of the what ifs I get chills. What if we had waited... What if we had waited? I'd never have children most likely. And to hear of people who can and don't.... I honestly don't understand. I ache for more, to receive Gods blessings, and see so many others carefully planning it out, but missing Gods plan. You are missing Gods plan when you wait when you are married. You are disobeying his command to be fruitful and multiply.... It is a direct command he gave us and one of the first actually... It's not an option. It's not a when we're ready. When we have more money. When we have a bigger house. When we are ready, we'll let you know God. I can't imagine asking Him to work on my timeframe. The God who for,Ed the stars, shaped the mountains, gave food exploding flavor, fields vibrant color pallets.... Please wait, I'm not ready. Would you turn away any of his others blessings? If he said he was giving you. Million dollars, would you say, well... I'm not really ready for that type of blessing? Children are priceless... Much more precious then anything on this earth. Precious are they in His sight and I imagine the current thought trend breaks His heart. Okay, I know that was personal, but I needed to get that out. It's been swimming around my heart all week and then some. Now I am off to check on my three sleeping babies and rejoice that they are here :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Does Disney Still= the Most Magical Place on Earth for Families?

Okay, let me begin by saying how much of a Magical place Disney is-- it really is! The cast members are all super sweet and very helpful and your family will have memories for a life time! I am hoping to do a post on how to make it easier and much more relaxing for all involved, so stay tuned!
But, is Disney still the best place for families with values and standards? We went to one of their waterparks for the first time this year (Blizzard beach) and there were so many Europeans and Brazilians wearing very revealing bathing suits. Very, very revealing bathing suits. It was embarrassing when our kids asked why some ladies bottoms didnt fit in their bathing suits and the men with their teeny tiny speedos-- oh my! Supposedly, if you complain to a cast member, they will ask the other guest to change-- but why should we even be put in the position to complain or draw it to their attention, because, honestly, you can miss it!? Its a family waterpark and it will make the bikinis that you see at other waterparks look almost modest!
Another incident that happened wasn't directly related to disney, but just wait... My husband got very sick one day at Epcot and as he was in the bathroom for all the world to hear getting sick (literally-- the whole world since we were in Epcot)-- a lady walked by and said right to my kids, "Oh my wife is really sick from food poisioning-- hope he doesn't have it too!. My oldest son waited till she walked away and then said, "Mom, why did that lady say she had a wife?" We talked about this life choice and the sinful life style this person was chosing to live in, but really-- not where or when I wanted to have that conversation. I couldnt believe that lady said that right to my kids. We know a few gay people and they are very sensitive and considerate and don't flaunt it in front of the kids. Disney is known for being extremely friendly to homosexuals and here is an article that goes into more detail-- http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1181.cfm. Do be aware that this is something you will encounter whether its two mommies in line or a couple holding hands, or a male dressed as a female (yes we saw that too). Be prepared to know how to handle it and that it could very well be encountered on your trip. Another thing we were also surprised at was Epcot's night time light show. We had been told this was the firework show to see so I was pretty excited. We got seats early and all of the sudden, a boat catches on fire! I really thought it was a real fire and thought someone might be on fire, but my husband who had read the information said it was a re-telling of how the world began as the Globe all lit up comes out next. I really am glad my kids had no clue as we don't see evolution as having an ounce of truth. So, again, just something to be ready for. There was an Ellen show with Bill Nye that we walked out of as well-- mainly because so many people came into the theater as it was running talking really loud and my husband was pretty sick-- but Bill Nye openly supports evoulition and Ellen is an open homosexual. Epcot can be a great learning environment, but there are a lot or re-teachable moments that will happen there more then anywhere else. Did we love Disney-- yes! Will we go back, we'll see-- as our kids get older, these things will be even more noticable to them and if Disney embraces the world and it's lust for sin more and more, then maybe not. We shall see.....