In 1996 when my doctor told me that my body could not handle another pregnancy, I was so very hurt. This was after a very difficult pregnancy in which I had gone into labor at 31 weeks. I had three amazing and beautiful children and absolutely no reason to be sad, but I had really wanted another one. So I was hurt. Not devastated, not depressed, just sad.
Two years ago, however, I defied the doctor’s orders and added another child.
This past weekend, I added child number five. And my body didn’t have a say in it at all.
You see, these two beautiful, amazing children were added through marriage. You may be saying, yes, but they aren’t really your children. To you, I say yes, they are. I did not give birth to them, but I could not love them more if I actually had given birth to them.
When each of my children was born, I began praying for their future spouses. That may seem a little strange to some people, but to me, it was just what I knew I needed to do. And let me tell you, God is good! My prayers were answered with two very different girls, for my very different boys. Both of my sons married girls who suit them to a T. And there is no doubt in my mind that this was no coincidence. It is good, old-fashioned answered prayer.
The thing is, not only have I gained 2 amazing new daughters, I have gained incredible extended families, as well. During the planning of both weddings, Hubby and I had the pleasure of getting to know the in-laws, and what a blessing that has been. It has been such a wonderful experience getting to know them and forming a bond that is something beyond friendship.
I just cannot express how thankful I am that our lives have been so blessed by these new editions, how much I appreciate the way these girls love my boys, or how much we love them. Thank you, K and A, for seeing our crazy, wacky, loving family and joining in. I honestly feel as though you’ve always been a part of us and I look forward to all the craziness, love, and laughter to come.
All of my girls!
Do any of you have a special bond with your newest family members?