"I'm just an ordinary woman. A daughter, a wife, and a mom to two little girls. I believe with all of my heart that life is extraordinary. I believe this because as a missionary, I put my life on hold to love those who are ignored. I believe this as a physician assistant who spends my working hours promoting health and healing with the goal of living as long and abundantly as possible.
I believe this especially because God gave me the opportunity to create life. When we conceived our first daughter just two months after our marriage, we expected it. We planned, we tried, and we were blessed with new life. Nine months, and then seven months later, we found ourselves pregnant again. This time, we hadn't planned it. We weren't trying for it. Was it still a blessing just as much as when we planned and tried? Of course! We faced anxiety, doubt, and stress - but we had been given the gift of awareness of our fertility, we understood it, and we trusted that God knew the plans He had for our family even if they weren't ours.
Nine months and 11 months later... you know how this story goes now, right? Just like the second time, we definitely hadn't planned it and we again hadn't tried. Unlike the first time and the second time, though, only two days after the pregnancy test flashed positive, God welcomed our baby home to Him. Was this life a blessing as much in its loss as in its conception? The blessing, I believe, lies in the hope that God has a purpose for all of this. And I don't need to plan or understand life and death in order for this purpose to prevail.
I #StandForLIFE because my first baby, my second baby, and my third baby were all given to us by His grace. In a world where fertility is considered a disease, I will never tire of sharing that I have learned that fertility is a gift that we have the ability to understand. My family is proof of this, because we make clear that His purpose contains within it a far greater blessing than our best plans." - Kendra @marebearmom #StandforLIFE