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There have been times when I’ve seen a flood of photos posted by my friends on social media about their overseas trips, and it made me wonder what life would have been without my children.
I would be more focused on my work and hopefully have made greater achievements in my career. I would probably have a more ‘happening’ life of partying and socializing.
I would also very likely get to travel much more with my husband.
I would feel less frustrated, sleep better, and enjoy greater freedom.
Yet if I didn't have my beautiful children, I wouldn't go through every day experiencing so much joy and laughter.
I wouldn't be able to witness the happiness that my parents experience from spending time with their grandchildren, and the immense love they have for the little ones.
I wouldn't be able to experience the pride and joy of watching my children learn new skills and slowly gain independence in doing things on their own.
I wouldn't be able to hold in my embrace the tiny warm bodies so full of life and vigor.
I wouldn't be able to gaze into those eyes so full of curiosity and innocence.
I wouldn't be able to hold in my hands those young hearts so full of pure love and affection.
I wouldn't be able to play the important role of a mother so significant in someone's life, just as how my mother has been to me.
I was diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance condition during my teenage years. My periods were never regular since they first started and could be up to four months apart between cycles.
For a period of two years, I took hormonal pills every month to regulate my cycles, but I stopped them subsequently because I found it a chore to take them.
Moreover, the pills only served to make sure I bled every month, but it didn't cure the root of the hormonal imbalance condition.
It also meant my ovulation cycles were irregular, so I was told by the gynecologist that it was probably going to be challenging for me to conceive in the future.
Even as I moved on to adulthood, my periods were only as regular as two months apart. During our dating days, I told my husband about my condition because I was worried it would be a deal breaker for him.
My husband loves kids and has served many years in the church's children's ministry leading in worship and was also an active volunteer in the Children's Cancer Foundation for over ten years.
He told me he believes that children are gifts from God, and if we really couldn't have our own children, we could consider adopting.
For one whole year before our wedding, I miraculously had periods every month, with very regular and predictable cycles, unlike nothing before.
Three to four months after that happened, I casually told my then-boyfriend, about how my cycles were suddenly regular.
It was wonderful news for us since we were planning for marriage and wanted our own kids. Only then did my husband-to-be tell me that he had been praying for my condition.
This faith journey had been a huge anchor in our relationship as we prepared ourselves for marriage. By the grace and mercy of God, we discovered I was pregnant five months into our marriage. It was on Mother's Day in 2012.
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I believe you, too, have a moving pregnancy story to tell. Regardless of how challenging or easy it was for you to conceive, I believe you would certainly agree that children are indeed gifts from God – precious gifts of love and joy that add greater meaning to our lives.
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. - Psalm 127:3-5
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