When I first began the journey of parenthood, the learning curve was steep. It seemed so difficult! Now, as I prepare for my ninth child, I am more relaxed and confident about parenting. I have a healthy body, a wonderful marriage, a happy home and all the support and resources I need to welcome a new life into this world.
And I have a great source of inspiration: My grown children, who inspire me in so many ways with the paths they are choosing. I have so much hope for them, so much confidence in their ability to make the world a better place, to make a difference in people’s lives. The physical discomfort and pain of pregnancy, the tinges of jealousy, the inevitable weight gain, and the temporary sleepless nights are nothing compared to the rewards and blessings of parenting.
So once again I get to partake in the joy that is the miracle of birth, the miracle of life! And so do our other children. It is beautiful to see them react with love, a connection and even a sense of duty to protect and care for this new life as they watch my belly grow.