According to who's plan? Children are a gift of God

Our youngest son was conceived during a busy time in our lives. We had three children, aged 5 and under, who filled our house and our hearts, and we were mortgage poor. We had planned on having a fourth child sometime to round out our family, but we were so financially strapped, we didn't know when that might be.

But God did.

After a pregnancy test confirmed the news, I visited a doctor's office. The nurse asked, "Was this a planned pregnancy?"

"Not exactly," I said.

"Would you like to schedule an abortion?" she asked.

"W- W- why?" I stammered out.

"You already have three children," she said matter-of-factly.

We switched to another obstetrician, and months later, Matthew, our gift from God, was born.

Raising four children has meant a busy household and juggling finances. But we've cherished our children. Each one is a gift from God, planned or not.

That doesn't mean it has been easy. It hasn't. But the challenges have stretched us and taught us and formed us to trust in God's strength and wisdom in big and small things.

I'm glad we have embraced each of God's gifts to us and all the laughter and challenges that included. We have grown along with our children, and our roots have burrowed deep into the soil of God's great love for us.

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