Wednesday, June 16, 2010

courage

I'm pregnant. I'm going to be a mother. Adam and I are going to be parents, and our lives are going to change drastically in ways we can only begin to imagine. This is at once the single most exciting, yet terrifying time of our lives.

Along with intense joy and anticipation there can be much fear during pregnancy. So much could happen to the baby, to you. And I know that the worrying really begins once the baby arrives, and never, ever ends. This alone could be enough to send this selfish girl into a panic attack. I really, really love and cherish our lives right now, and our marriage. We're in such a good place. Changing it drastically scares me just as much as it excites me. Then there's the realization that as parents we are responsible for caring for and raising a human life. Is anyone really up to this task?

I discovered this quote while babysitting at a catholic retreat center. These words resonated and calmed me, especially during those early days while we were still processing the news. In the truth of these words I find the courage that I need every day for pregnancy, parenthood and simply for life. To choose to dwell in joy and hope and not to succumb to fear.

"Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and everyday. Either he will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings."

St. Francis de Sales

5 comments:

Melissa said...

Congratulations, Sheri! What a beautiful quote. I know you and Adam will make WONDERFUL parents...and that you'll be given the strength for all that comes your way on this journey ahead.

Jodi said...

babysitting at a catholic retreat center, huh? i think i remember that. gosh, what must've been going through your mind while you cared for elaina. so glad you felt well enough to do so.

Jodi said...

and congratulations!

Sarah said...

so excited for you, sheri (and adam)! i completely agree with your sentiments...i felt the same way...excited for the new times ahead, but almost mournful of the loss of what "was." it is good to acknowledge ALL feelings so that you can fully embrace the future. you will be a wonderful mom and will love your baby so very much! praying for you during this new time of excitement and uncertainty. you'll be great!

Liz V, www.livingtheology.net said...

Such a great way to start processing the beauty and craziness that is motherhood lady! :) YEAH! congrats! and I am thrilled to re-discover your blog here... I lost it somehow along theway. will def stalk you in cyberland now. :) much love - liz