We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell
Three of a Kind
It's official: we're having another girl. At 20 weeks, she weighs in at 1 lb. 1 oz and is totally perfect. She's due April 28th, 2010.
Some people have asked us if we're happy or sad about having another girl. After slapping them across the face politely smiling, I lovingly explain that we know that exactly who is supposed to be in our family will be and we'll take them however they come. What they don't know, as they try to feign interest in our family planning, is our rocky reproductive history. This is the first time we've ever had a viable pregnancy without a miscarriage preceding it. After 6 pregnancies, we have our little routine that has proven to be successful and helped us get our two girls here. We find out at 3 weeks gestation that I'm preggers, I go on drugs, we have ultrasounds every two weeks until about weeks 9 or 10, we are especially careful about how much work I do and exactly what type of work I do and we utter prayers at every opportunity. So far, this plan has worked out. Oh, and the timing has obviously been right. If there's one thing we learned from our journey in trying to get these little spirits to Earth is that we are so not in charge and part of a much bigger plan.
We welcome the opportunity to bring another daughter of our Heavenly Father into our home. Allen has embraced being a father of girls and looks forward to teaching them to weld, fix cars, love science and math, go hiking and backpacking, and do all the fun things that will help them to become the well-rounded people they can be. Most of all, though, we look forward to watching our little curly haired babies grow into beautiful women who love the gospel, serve others, bring joy into the lives of those they know and have fond memories of the family they grew up with. We can't wait to meet this newest member of our family in April. (And don't be sayin' it could be May 'cause it's not. It's going to be April. And not one day later.)
What started as a way to communicate with far away friends and family has become a place for this horse trainer/HR manager turned stay at home mom of 3 girls to hold on to a bit of her own identity. It's my take on the ins and outs, the ups and downs, the thoughts and feelings, the mistakes and triumphs of this family as we bumble our way to eternity.