This has been my best birthday month, ever.
My husband and I have talked often about living a slower pace of life, living near water, and cutting back on expenses in order to put away more money. We have schemed and dreamed and tried to figure out how we could make it possible, but it always seemed like something got in the way of us accomplishing this. On Monday, March 16th, my husband recieved word at work that his company wanted to promote him to a new position – in a new state. He will be making more money, we will be living in a significantly cheaper area than where we are now, and we will be living in a coastal city! This move is essentially giving us everything that we have asked God for – and just in time for summer! The move has been a whirlwind, though. My husband was asked to begin his new position immediately, and we have been living in hotels while he works and we look for a place to live. I cannot believe how quickly things are moving, and yet I sometimes feel that things aren’t moving quickly enough! I am so ready to finalize our living arrangements, get out of these hotels, and for consistently warm days in which I can spend some time at the beach! But as in all things, I will patiently await the day when we are settled into a home and laying around on the hot sand! This has been God’s first birthday gift to me this year!
God’s second birthday gift to me comes with a trigger warning. If you are struggling with infertility and are having a low day, this next paragraph might be something you’ll want to skip over.
If you’re a regular reader here, then you’ll know that infertility is something my husband and I have dealt with for nearly 5 years. We have prayed constantly for children and have, for the most part, not lost hope that parenthood will – one way or another – be in our future. After two doctors told me that there was nothing more they could do to help me, we began working with a system called NaPro Technology in order to diagnose and solve our infertility. We began that program in September of last year, found a new doctor who gave us hope for a diagnosis and a solution, and have faithfully followed the program for the past six months. On March 17th – one day after my husband found out about his promotion – we found out that we are pregnant. Yes, we are pregnant! It came as such a shock, because I never expected the progesterone treatmeants to work on the first try!
I am only six weeks along, and I know that most people do not share their news this early. However, I am sharing because I want to honor and respect life – instead of waiting until that life is a certain age, I want to celebrate the fact that there is life that has been created and lives right now. But I also want to remember that even as I celebrate the gift of life that I am humbled to carry, there are so many people who are still in the depths of their pursuit of parenthood. Please join me in continuing to pray for those who are still waiting on their miracles! Please remember to continue to pray for those who have lost their miracles! Please pray for those families who are in the process of adopting or fostering! And please remember to pray for the safety of those babies who are on their way into the world, and for the families who are waiting to meet them!