People Are Like That
"I walked into the clinic nervous and
tense. At age 46, with one daughter in college,
two sons in high school, and two sons in
grade school, I needed to have my suspicions
confirmed. Yes, I was pregnant.
But telling my husband and the children
even more difficult. "It is embarrassing,"
said one of the older kids. "Where
we going to put another child?"
wondered. Soon I even had to stop doing
part time job - thus losing our family's
14-year source of supplemental income.
Telling my friends and neighbours did
bring smiles or congratulations. One
my age told me that she would rather
than pregnant again. One of my brothers
"If you keep having children,
end up with a Down Syndrome child."
An in-law wrote a blistering email.
I became discouraged and listless.
meeting friends, I started grocery
in the evening. Then, one night, as
pushing a well filled grocery cart,
voice rang out. "Hello Katherine!"
a woman greeted me. "I am so happy
I could hardly believe my ears. She
I knew, had several miscarriages and
almost lost her life having a child
years back. Her words rang in my ears.
spirit of great joy filled me. I became
Months later we were blessed with a
girl. And the Lord supplied me with
to see her through her First Holy Communion,
Confirmation, graduation and marriage.
she has a fine husband, three lively
and a college degree.
The sixth child has been a gift to
family and to everyone who knows her.
the woman who gave me new hope to accept
God's loving plan," concludes
When confronted with a Goliath size
you can respond by saying "He
big to hit" or like David, you
"He is too big to miss!"
A boy was born to a couple after eleven
of marriage. As you can imagine, the
was the apple of their eyes. He was
for them. When the boy was two, the
noticed a medicine bottle open on the
table and as he was late going to work,
reminded his wife to cap the bottle
it in the medicine chest. His wife
cleaning and she totally forgot about
The boy playfully went to the medicine
and drank it all.
Regrettably it was an extremely lethal
for infants. The mother rushed her
hospital but it was too late. The child
pronounced death on arrival. Obviously
was overwhelmed with shock and besides
was terrified at facing her husband.
However when the husband came, his
was disbelief but even if his eyes
of tears, he just hugged and hugged
His only words were, "I love you
He realized that she also had lost
child and what she needed was consolation
and sympathy. No point in finding fault
his wife. He realized he can never
him back to life.
Contentment is not getting what we
being satisfied with what we have.
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