It’s birthday month for our beautiful little miracle Clare. She’s turning 2 and I just cannot say how much her life has added to our family. I remember crying during prayer with my son before she was born thinking he won’t be our only little guy anymore. The heart has so much more capacity for love than we give it credit.
Happy International Breastfeeding Week! In celebration I’m hosting a Big Latch On in my town for the 2nd year in a row tomorrow! I’m proud to support breastfeeding, meet other Moms and keep the message to normalize breastfeeding going. Plus, this year, we have some seriously amazing sponsors and gifts for Moms and babies!!!
It’s with a sad heart that we say goodbye today to a beautiful mother, wife, Sister in Christ Sarah Harkins and her unborn baby Cecelia. Please join me in a powerful birthday prayer for Sarah. I have been heartbroken over the past days after finding out about her accident and loss. I feel today a better person for knowing her and her legacy, getting to know her family in this tragic time. She makes me want to be a better mother, wife, sister and follower of Christ. Thanks be to God for our enormous Catholic family lifting them up, lifting up our own pain at the loss of someone many of us do not even know. In celebration of her life and her birthday tomorrow we join in prayer and thanksgiving for her family, her husband Eric and beautiful children. A special thanks to Ginny at Small Things for all of her generous updates and words of love and encouragement.
This month our son starts back to Catholic pre-school. I’m not all, Yay! he’s going to be out of the house. This is a celebration because he loves it so very much and I am so glad to say that we have finally made a choice to keep him in school instead of homeschooling (possible blog series awaits). This summer I have tried to devote prayer and thought to this. As long as our government will not intervene in Catholic school education and as far as any diocese we move to in the future will uphold Catholic teaching and reject Common Core I am very happy for our children to be able to embark on this path. I am also so very grateful that we live in an area that we can afford to put our son into a Catholic pre-school right now. It truly is about 1/3rd the cost of a city Catholic school. This won’t always be the case and there are already sacrifices, but it’s worth it to us. I am so very grateful too, in no small part that God has given my husband a steady job that allows us the freedom to have our son learn and grow in such a faithful and lovely environment that is his school room. I want our children to have freedom of faith and freedom to practice our Catholic faith in every single part of their lives. School will be the second biggest after family soon and my prayer is that they come to know and love the Lord in a way I never had as a child. That they know the Catholic Church is their true home on Earth and that Jesus is our true home in and beyond life.
Baby #3rd is 31 weeks now! We’re getting close and I’m so very grateful that our plan to stay here and have the baby in Denver is intact. This is a really big deal. With Clare we left for Texas at 36 weeks and I was stuck finding a new location/ob everything who would accept a vbac for “advanced Maternal age” with pretty much zero notice. Found a great one luckily . This baby, I’m like, good, you’ll deliver my baby, 2 hours away? No problem, just give me -the possibility- of what I want- no drugs, access to a tub, people who can deliver a baby and we’re good. Okey doke? Great. I don’t even care if you try to talk to me about birth control, that’s just a conversation starter as far as this Catholic Creighton practicing mama is concerned.
The best part is I’m finally getting excited to meet our little guy. Our son comes up to tell me “Mom, I like your baby belly.” Clare is always coming up singing Doc McStuffins Check-up song and checking for his little baby heartbeat. I’m going to miss these moments. But look forward to them being big brother and big sister to a tiny little one now. And- we’re going to have 3 children! Wow. What a terrifying blessing the Lord has bestowed upon my husband and I. I’m so happy to share parenthood with my husband. It’s been quite a journey and I’m sure will prove to be. Holy Spirit, Mother Mary, please be with us!
That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by. Must go prepare for all the fun at the Big Latch On tomorrow!