See that crazy group of kids there on the left? That is mine, all of those crazy boys and one pre-teen girl make for a great deal of chaos, but today I want to express my gratitude for that chaos! I wouldn't trade my bundle of craziness for anything. Sure, there are days when I need a little escape (that's what bed time is for right?) - a little time for me to recharge my batteries. But, at the end of the day (hmm...maybe that is because they are all asleep) I am so grateful that I can be their mother. I love the snuggle times on the couch. I even love the early mornings when one of my little ones will sneak in our room and snuggle up close to me in bed.
When we decided we wanted to start trying to have children, we had difficulties conceiving. We tried for almost a year before we started talking to doctors. After multiple tests we were told that our chances of conceiving on our own were very slim. A month after receiving this devastating news (on my birthday... the week before Mother's Day) we discovered that we were pregnant! Five children and ten years later I am not sure what happened to fix the problems we had early on, but our last two children were conceived while I thought I was trying to prevent pregnancy!
This week as my thoughts turn to the giving of thanks I can't help but remember those feelings of sadness when I thought I would not be able to carry my own children. I know that there are many out there who continue to struggle with infertility who have not been as lucky as my husband and I. I am so grateful that I was able to have my wonderful passel of children. They bring me so much joy and happiness (along with a pinch of frustration).
As you count your blessings this Thanksgiving remember to express thanks for the chance to be a parent. And for those still struggling with the pain that comes with infertility, may you find peace this Holiday season.
Posted by Christine of Random Thoughts With Chris
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