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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Biological Clock!

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While venturing into a neglected dresser drawer, I was swept back 28 years ago as I removed this from a bundle of papers tucked away from my memory.  I  have no idea which pregnancy I obtained this pregnancy wheel, but somehow I had saved it for future use or keepsake.

At the excited young age of twenty-one, I stepped into the OB/GYN's office for my first pre-natal visit.  I would return to this office for four more pregnancies and bring back three newborns. This Christian doctor and his associates would walk me through two miscarriages, two normal and one long, multiple hospital-stay pregnancies.  God would use them to keep a young wife of 21 from giving up on having a family.

I am sure the nurse turned this dial (as it would be turned eight more times in my life) to predict the due date of our firstborn.  I left the office with the excitement of most newly expectant mothers, while preparing to celebrate my second anniversary as Mrs. Wright.  This pregnancy would not result in a infant here on earth and the baby went home to be with the Lord on our anniversary weekend.  The wise doctor would comfort us at the hospital and then send us home to wait for recovery... before trying again.

For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb, I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works...Ps. 139:13-14

We would be pregnant again in three months and excitement filled the air, as we prepared for our new family by building a house.  The pregnancy went well, but the heartbeat wasn't detected as early as they can today. So, we cautiously walked forward in anticipation of a baby.  We walked through 12 weeks... then I  went into labor. The ambulance was called and if there ever was an angelic appearance here on earth, I saw it that night.  The paramedic walked through our newly-built home's front door, across the den with his equipment in hand, to my side at the couch.  As he approached, he remembered we were members of his church.  This man, in his forties, dropped to his knees and started to pray.  God so lovingly sent a Christian believer to scoop me up into my Lord's healing hands.  Our trip to the hospital again left us empty-handed.  Again, the doctor encouraged, while others suggested we adopt.

Three months later, with a grin on his face, my doctor used the pregnancy wheel to predict the due date of our first earthly birth. The paramedic that had prayed at my side would also be at our side for this child's dedication.  The rest is history.  We would have three more children under the care of this Christian doctor and four more pregnancies and three births under the care of Christian midwives.

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; The fruit of the womb is a reward, Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth.  Ps. 127:3-4

I have used this pregnancy wheel and my biological clock to the fullest...age 21 to age 44!! God's hand of miracles followed us through many ups and downs of having children. The biological clock has now begun to tick to her end.

I wake up at night, not from a newborn or teenagers, but from my body changing.  My regular season-of-life system now has a mind of it's own.  Body parts that never hurt can scream in pain over nothing.  Hormones...well, they can be bigger monsters than a crying pregnant woman, or post-natal mother.

The season is changing...one door is permanently closing, while another waits to be opened.  I hear this is one of the most productive seasons of a woman's life.  Mary Kay of Mary Kay Cosmetics started her company in this stage of life.  They say our mind becomes more alert...well, that would be good because some days I can't remember my pin numbers.  I hear the best is yet to come!

I look forward to this new season of life and all it has to offer... while I put the pregnancy wheel down and look back over God's faithfulness to a young girl of 21 who just wanted to have a family.  I am amazed at the journey God has taken us on....especially the journey of having our little one at age 44... what a precious gift.  I think I will put the wheel in my scrapbook with the words, "God is Faithful" inscribed below.

Happy Mother's Day!
Thanks for stopping by! - Janette

18 Joining in with more words:

Missie said...

Happy Mother's Day!

mamas*little*treasures said...

Good morning! What a sweet post ;o) thanks for stopping by my blog this morning . . . I am working on this issue of Ruby for Women so I have a very busy day, but wanted to tell you that I will be sharing some of your ideas about "re-energizing" in our little snippets of wisdom segments, and will link back here to your blog. You are doing an amazing job of sharing your heart with other women, especially since you have just recently started this little project. Keep up the good work! Nina

Debbie said...

Oh I LOVED this.....what a wonderful story of motherhood. I too am writing a mother's day post. I am thinking we will see many and I am soo pleased. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you my new friend! HUGS, Debbie

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

This was a wonderful post and such a testament to God's goodness.

andi said...

I guess today you'd use something more modern - like a due date calculator

nice keepsake though!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I am sure there are more modern calendars...but my last one was only four years ago and they still pulled out this wheel...I am sure this one is probably at least 20 years old...thanks for the update Andi...won't be needing the modern one. LOL

Momma Such said...

Janette, that was such a wonderful post. You have me in tears just reading it. I am so glad that you were able to deliver your healthy children that you now have. It seems you have been through a lot in order to get where you are today, but the fact that you are so grateful to God and that you cherish what you have is the best of all.
Have a blessed Mother's Day! You deserve it! :)

Leslie said...

Wow, THANKS for sharing (again)!
You are a beautiful writer and I hope you have a beautiful Mother's Day!

alicia said...

This is such a touching and heartwrenching story. It serves as a reminder to me that God's timetable is not always our own. I also experienced a miscarriage and time was the only healer of my aching heart.

You have been truly blessed.

Happy Mother's Day! And good luck as you enter this new season of life.

Debbie said...

I loved your post!

Yes, God is faithful. As you reminisce about how He met your need during those times, know that He will continue to meet your needs even now. Sometimes I like to go back and read my journals to remind myself of His faithfulness.

My sister had 13 miscarriages and was never able to conceive. It breaks my heart for her. I was never able to get pregnant. But I think it would be worse to get excited and then lose the baby.

I'm so glad that God provided that Christian paramedic to be right there with you.

I appreciate your comments today. I also know of several women who will not be in church tomorrow for the same reason you mentioned.

At the same time, I want to honor all mothers who so often sacrifice much of themselves to raise their children. They should have a day to honor them for all they do and are, including you.

Happy Mother's Day Janette!

I'm so glad we are getting to know one another.

Blessings and love,

Debi said...

Happy Mother's Day, Janette! Great post ...
The Lord is faithful, His word is true, children are a blessing and all of Heaven is on your side! (in every season)

Marcy said...

I'm finally here, visiting your blog...what a message to read. My daughter Kamrin had a miscarriage a few weeks ago, and your post reminded me of God's faithfulness. Thank you! I'll be back...

e-Mom said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this post, Janette. Would you link up for my Marriage Monday blog hop next Monday?

Your words are so encouraging and they might resonate with a young wife who needs to know that several full term births can occur, even after a miscarriage. Thanks for sharing!

Hugs, e-Mom

bp said...

Thanks for sharing your story with us on Marriage Monday! I'm so glad God is with us as we go through the stages of life and womanhood.

Joyfull said...

Thank you for sharing your story. It was easy to see God's faithfulness and mercy in the midst of such a trial of life. I love your attitude of embracing a new season of life, I especially took notice, since I am almost there wtih you! Blessings to you.

e-Mom said...

Thanks joining us for Marriage Monday, Janette. You are a huge blessing to so many!!!

Hugs, e-Mom

nice A said...

Such an inspiring post! You have shown here that God is really faithful even with all our ups and downs in life. Your story is a great encouragement never to give up even if there seems to be no way to have a child due to infertility or miscarriage. I got a miscarriage, too, but God replaced it with a truly wonderful baby my husband and I now really enjoy. Thank God for His great faithfulness.

Shelley said...

Oh I LOVE this post - what an absolute blessing - but what I love most is the fact that you did not lose hope - and you 'seemed' to carry no bitterness - even though I'm sure your heart ached beyond words. I had so wanted to join this blog event with my story of 'infertility' but the birth of 6 puppies prevented me - I guess God knows. I'm 41 and I often wonder if I will be an Elisabeth - you can bet I'll come to you for advise IF the Lord should ever think it to be good.

Thanks for posting,
Love Shelley x

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