Thursday, February 7, 2008

Change in Plans

Sometimes when you wake up in the morning, you just have to go to Plan B. Maybe it is when you or a child gets the latest virus floating around. Or if your dishwasher breaks. Or, lets say, you realize that "Yes, you are pregnant...again!"

For seven years, when people would ask that question "are you done having children?" I would reply, God Willing. Apparently God was willing in another direction. As 2007 passed, both Lee and I began to realize that one more child might be a good thing. So onto Plan B.

We joyfully began to make space in our house and hearts for our fourth child, Holly Marie. Our due date came soon enough, and Holly Marie was born. As for Plan B? Well, that has become Plans C, D, E.... Holly arrived with a cleft lip and palate.

She is beautiful, nonetheless. And her wide smile is a joy to see. Fortunately, God has place many people in our lives to guide through the next few years filled with surgeries and doctors appointments. The Wide Smiles website is a wealth of information. And even in our small town, it didn't take too long to meet other moms whose children are cleft affected.

So my new prayers is "Jesus, I trust in You." Along with the Divine Chaplet of Mercy, for those long new baby nights. I will share more about this journey as we go along. Hopefully, my prayer can become your prayer "Jesus, I trust in You" no matter what Plan B brings.

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