Friday, May 24, 2013

the story

i knew this would be a hard story to tell.  and most of all...i didn't want it to ever be my story.  but it is.  and there is absolutely nothing i can do about it...other than accept it as such.

so many of you already know what has happened.  but so many of you don't.  and i've never been one to hide.  i can't walk around in life half way.  i can't always wonder...

did they know??

about 5 weeks ago...chad and i found ourselves pregnant.

i say it that way...because that's really what it was like.  we weren't expecting it...or trying for it...or waiting for it.

that's what made it so different from the previous 4 times we had been in that situation.

it brought shock, first.  and for me...that shock faded quickly...and turned into excitement.  and the excitement gave way to pure happiness.  and the happiness paved the way for dreams.  and within a was impossible to think of life before there were 5.

5 children.

i was going to have 5 children.

at my first well as i could guess...i was around 7 weeks pregnant.  and i was going to see my baby's heartbeat.

she's the yolk sac.  here's the baby.  it's measuring 5 weeks and 5 days...which is too early to see a heartbeat.  she finished up and helped me sit up.  i had been through this 4 times before...and every time...i smiled through this whole event.  and i realized...i hadn't smiled.  at all.  something was wrong.

she said, "please don't worry.  i can see it on your face.  don't worry.  come back next week...and we will do another ultrasound.  hopefully the baby will have grown and we will see a heartbeat.  everything looks like it should.  your numbers are great.  don't don't know your chances caught the pregnancy really early."

and no matter what i matter how hard i tried...i could not make those dates add up.

that's when we started praying and calling on family and friends to pray.  that's when i started having to trust God for the outcome of this baby.  and truly...i did.  i trusted Him like nobody's business.  i believed that He could breath life into this baby.  i believed that He was going to do just that.   i believed that at the next ultrasound was going to be the beginning of a happy day.  i waited.  i prayed.  i begged.  i believed.

when the next appointment came...nothing had changed.  and that was devastating.  i'll never forget putting my face in my hands and silently sobbing.  i'll never forget the frozen image of our baby on the screen.  i'll never forget the technician saying, "i'm sorry."  i'll never forget looking at chad...with his head in his hands.  i'll never forget him saying, 

"ah.  that's not what i was expecting to hear."

and he wasn't saying it to me.

he was saying it to God.

he was grieving.

it seemed like an eternity...waiting for my doctor.

i remember chad saying...

"do you want me to go get someone in here?"

no.  she'll come when she can.

after all...this was the same woman who had dropped everything and come to me when she wasn't even on call to deliver annslee.  she would come when she could.

and she did.  and she shared her own story.  and she offered comfort.  and she offered hope.  she said our stories were similar.  and that made all the difference.

she also said...i really think we should wait until monday.  i will squeeze you in.  i want to scan you again.  i want to be 100%.

that's when i decided that i would wait.  even thought i didn't want to.  i would wait.  but i wouldn't hope.  as excruciating as the waiting would be...the hoping would be worse.

those 5 days were the hardest.  my baby was inside of me.  lifeless.  and there was absolutely nothing i could do about it.  i'm convinced that those 5 days will become lost somewhere in my memory eventually.  except for one night.  one night...i realized what my friends and family were praying for without telling me.

a miracle.

and i wondered...would i ever forgive myself if i didn't ask the creator God to perform a miracle on this baby?  and i knew the answer.  i had to become vulnerable before Him.  i had to open myself up to hope one last time.  and that prayer was the hardest of all.

it was then that i bowed before Him and asked for a miracle.  i opened myself up to hope.  and after that...i told him that if He didn't see fit to it...that i was willing to give over my child.  i gave up my child to Him.  and i cried.

the next ultrasound showed the same and this time...i didn't cry when i saw the screen.  i knew that that baby was gone.  that baby was with Jesus.  and that baby was ok.

the doctor called it a "missed miscarriage." body had missed it.

i had had a miscarriage.

that sentence held so much more weight than it ever had before.  you don't fully understand the weight of that sentence until it has to be uttered out of your own mouth.  you can mourn with friends after it has happen to them.  you can feel sad.  you can feel sorry.  but you don't feel the weight.  you just don't

i had two choices.  i could have surgery to remove it...or i could take medicine to make it happen at home.  one would be quick.  one would be excruciatingly painful...both emotionally and physically.  we choice the latter.  surgery has risks and is expensive.  if possible...i felt that, for the first time in my life, i had the smallest understanding of Jesus in the garden.

"please Father...i can't do this.  please...let this cup pass from me.  this is going to bad.  this is going to hurt me.  please."

chad said, "i won't leave you."

and he didn't.

i took the pills alone.  knowing what those pills were going to do...i willingly swallowed them.  and i lie down and waited.  i waited for the storm to come.  i waited for the pain to come.

and it did.

throughout that our 4 children peacefully slept...i walked through hell.  i experienced pouring death from my body.  chad would feel me writhe with pain and walk beside me to the place where it would pour out.  there were baseball sized clots of tissue coming one after the other followed by gushing blood and fluid.  my hands would shake as i tried to clean myself up.  and i would sob.

my body was going through it...and as a mother...i was going through it.  and as i watched, what should have been life, drain from my body...chad had his hand on my back.  he was steady as a rock.  the look on his face was not one of disgust.  it was one of compassion and strength.  i would remove the tissue and he would take it from me.  he never made me have to decide what to do with it.  he never made me throw it away.  he knew...without me ever having to say a word...that i could not be the one to physically let it go.  he cleaned the floors on his hands and knees...over and over again.  he was with me.  i wasn't alone.

the next day...i couldn't even stand up because of how much blood i had lost.  i slept.  i slept all day.

and the days have body and spirit has begun to recover.  i keep telling myself,

"you are strong.  you can do this.  you will be okay."

and i will be.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

finding joy

may is supposed to be such a happy month...the quickly approaching summer...the evidence of the promises of new life...warm breezes replacing cool evenings...lemonade.  yet life has the ability to present trials without warning or preparation, threatening all joy in it's wake.

the trick when faced with sadness, is not getting stuck in the anger.  with sadness comes grief.  and with grief comes anger.  and with anger comes...doubt.

as i have walked this dark road...there have been times that i felt courted by the enemy.  and to be honest...i spent a good, full day listening to him.  he whispered lies of God's character.  he invited me to dance to the music of false hope.  he offered me fruit of destruction to eat.  he wanted me to believe that anger and a hard heart would make it hurt less.  he taught me to laugh at God and His promises.  and he did it in such a sneaky way.  he disguised it as...normal.  this is a "normal" way to feel.  after all...that God of yours gave you something...only to take it away.

i spoke with a friend for a long time that night...after i had been courted all day.  i told her of my new thoughts about this God that we serve.  and as i was speaking my new was then that i realized that they weren't really MY thoughts...but his.

i've been clutching tight to my friend's words over the last few days:

"don't listen too long, friend."

and i've realized that when i am faced with something i don't want to be faced with...that tends to be my weakness.

i listen too long.  my mind becomes weak...and it starts believing things that are untrue.  it starts believing things that are dangerous.

and although this month of may has me facing sadness...there is also joy.

without sadness in life...would we even know joy?

today...i choose to find joy in...

saint patrick's day green:

my son playing "home" on the ukulele:

my mama dove friend who returned home:

the color yellow:



big brown eyes and light blonde hair:


hatching eggs:


her turning my favorite number:

a husband who loves his family:

four generations on mother's day:

the fact that she asked for a "skillet" for her birthday:

fairy gardens:

those four generations making cookies:

and sweet chase.  even if he is going through a "no pictures please" phase.
joy is always around.  but have to be willing to see it.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

it's a comin'...

today was the last day of co-op.  that means that i no longer teach pre-school every tuesday and thursday.  i loved those kids...but hollllllaaaaaa...this girl is ready for summer.

summer relaxes into a softer, slower rhythm.  don't get me wrong...i can get excited about new back packs; a fresh box of crayons; never written in spirals with the promise of maturing stories; and freshly sharpened pencils like nobody's business.  and i always start strong.  schedules and meal plans taped to the fridge.  lunch kits taking residence on a main shelf in the pantry.  alarm set at 6:45 and outfits picked out the night before.  but that's not where i like to live.  i do it.  and i find joy in it for a while.  but i wear down after christmas.  and then it's just...hang on till summer!  it's a-comin'.

because summer is where laid back lives.  and that's pretty much where i like to dwell.

summer is reading books for fun.  it's piling in mama and daddy's bed for a late night movie.  back packs are replaced by swim bags on the hooks by the door.  lunch kits are replaced with a picnic basket.  the alarm clock is switched off for good.  schedules are replaced with a summer bucket list.  and once a week ice cream outings with friends are put into affect.

yeah.  some people are school year people.  and i love that about them.'ll never hear me say, "laaaawwwddd have mercy...i can't wait to get these kids back to school."  i like to live in summer.

and it might as well be the day after thanksgiving...where the magic of christmas is upon us, this last month of school!  because each night gets a little more relaxed.  homework gets a little less "necessary."  we head out barefoot.  we linger in the driveway, laughing with neighbors a little longer.  it's a-comin'.

enjoying lately:


little girl sleepovers...complete with shirley temples:

sleeping in tents and summer jammies:

perched lip photos and the fact that she constantly wears that dress-up veil.  she calls it her hair...cuz she wants hair like her sister's:

it's a-growin' puddin' cup...don't you worry. look like a doll. got pixie flair!

familly hang outs:

a visit from a friend from s.c.

she happens to take the best pictures!  i only wish we had gotten some of her!

little girls in pink leotards.  just because:

looking tired:

being windblown:

 and looking up:

here's to looking up.  summer's a-comin'.

i'm gonna live there a while.