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Planning Parenthood

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This week I struggled with writer’s block. So, I spontaneously asked my daughter, “Alicia, what should Mom blog about? She suggested that I write about planning to be a parent.

Are you in a season of planning parenthood? I tell you the truth. I discovered planning my family was more challenging than first thought.

Conception–  at age 35 I married Randy and I “planned” to have a honeymoon baby. Well, one month went by; no baby. Another month went by; no baby. When I spoke to friends, they informed me it could take up to a year to conceive. What? I surrendered it to the Lord and we conceived the next month. We welcomed our son Austin the following July.

Healthy pregnancy – at 36 I “planned” to have our second child. We conceived and unfortunately we lost our fetus at five weeks. Again, I surrendered our second child to God. We conceived again. Yet, during my first trimester, my OBGYN discovered cancer. You can read more about it at My Miracle. Praise God we welcomed our daughter Alicia the following September.

Give birth to a healthy baby – I “planned” to have healthy babies. Because I was over the age of 35, the doctors tested for potential genetic issues such as Spina Bifida,  Downs Syndrome, etc. I’ll be honest, these tests spurred a sense of fear in me. But I know fear doesn’t come from God. It is a tactic of the enemy. Again, I gave it to Him and thankfully we have two healthy children.

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Recover quickly – I “planned” to quickly recover from delivering my babies. It turns out, it took longer than expected to recover from my second delivery. I experienced more abdominal pain after my C – Section and I was exhausted raising a toddler and newborn.

Raise your child(ren) into adulthood – I remember thinking how fun it would be to have a baby…Their cute little toes and hand, smell so good, outfits are adorable, chubby cheeks, etc. BUT, I realized I was a Mom the first time I stayed up late one night nursing my sick infant back to health. It was difficult trying to sooth him while he struggles with fever, vomit and diarrhea at 2:00am. Walking my kids through life’s ups and down is challenging and yet so rewarding. I wouldn’t trade it for anthying.

In sum, we make plans, but they don’t always come to fruition. However, we can believe that God works all things out for good.

And we know that in all things God works for

the good of those who love him, who have been called

according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

 

Feel free to share your parenting planning with us.

Blessings, Rebecca

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Guest Blog by Sarah Grace Del Rosario

This week Sarah Grace Del Rosario joins us. She’s a mommy blogger and freelance event stylist at Del Rosario events. She also works as a community outreach specialist and blogger at Formuland.com, a company providing holle baby formula and other organic products for babies.  When not busy working, you can see her showcasing her paintings and recipe failures at https://thethrifysenyorita.wordpress.com/.

Please welcome Sarah Grace!

Blessings, Rebecca

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Grateful Family is a Happy Family
In our fast phased world and immediate gratification brought about by the technology, people often succumb to the culture of self entitlement and self centeredness. In this contemporary time of commercialism, it is quite easy to fall into the trap of endless acquisition of material things and constantly reaching for more than what is needed in ones lifetime. People are seeking happiness through these goals and find themselves emptier than before.
A person’s pursuit of satisfaction and happiness will prove to be futile if our attitude and mindset will not be shifted from acquisition to appreciation. The secret of a happy life is not based on how many money we have in the bank or what type of car we are driving but in the satisfaction of knowing how blessed you already are with all that you already have.
Gratefulness is word not often practiced by the generation of today, it is however the single act that can bring true happiness in our lives. Building a family that thrives in gratefulness will raise up happy individuals. What to be thankful for and how to develop a culture of thanksgiving in your home, here are some tips:

Appreciate all things big and small
The home consists of the most familiar individuals. This familiarity often breeds entitlement and disregard of each other. Many times, we look past consideration and thoughtfulness shown to us by our spouse or children. We feel privilege of those favors received. When this becomes our subconscious, we tend to demand more and get more for ourselves, unappreciative of everyone. This only makes us feel disappointed and frustrated of ourselves and of others. We end up hurting the very people we should be grateful for.
If we want to avoid this in our lives, we have to train our eyes and ears for acts of kindness shown to us, recognize it and be grateful for the same. We have to take into consideration simple gestures and small blessings like the food we eat to the slaughter we encountered in the day to be moments to thankful for. We also have to reflect into our past. What do we have now; may it be material possession, relationships, achievements, good health and abilities that ones we thought are impossible to attain. Looking back will help us appreciate our situation better. It will focus our eyes on what we have rather than on what we don’t have.

Practices that will help us be more grateful and happy
If we want to improve on something we have to take measures in training ourselves to be good at it. We have to be focused and determined to develop the trait we want to practice in our lives. Gratitude is a condition of the heart, therefore we need to train it through outward practices to get the results we desire for ourselves -which is happiness. Have an appreciation talk within your day. It can happen during mealtimes or before bed time or while driving. Talk about what you are thankful for within the day. Make it a habit to say ‘thank you’ or ‘I appreciate you’ to each other. Share your blessings with those in need; nothing trains the heart more than giving to the needy. Nothing will open your eyes more on how blessed you are than seeing those who have less, and the power to help them will bring not only gratitude but genuine happiness to you. Be in constant thankful prayer with your creator. Realizing that all these is not from you but from Him who owns everything in this world will make you humble and grateful all the time.
A family who practices gratitude tends to be happier than those who are driven only by success and acquisition of things and experiences. Start making it a habit to be thankful and grateful for the now while you persevere for the tomorrow and you will live a healthier life.

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We’d love to hear how are grateful for your family! Please feel free to share your insight with us.