Monday, September 20, 2010
The greatest right of women
My mind knows that God wants me to concentrate my energies right now on caring for the children He has blessed me with, not preparing to welcome another child. My mind understands that the timing is not right to expand our family. My mind fully grasps that my life is very full and it would be irresponsible to add another baby right now. But my heart… my heart always seems to be ready for more. My heart seems to scream at times for another baby. It is a part of being a woman. I have shared my desires with many a friend only to find that whatever chapter they themselves are in in life, they understand. They, too, have felt the pull of their heart strings to bring forth life once again, to hold a tiny newborn in their arms again, to nurture and care for another child. It may not be a practical desire, it may not even be possible but the desire is still there at times and still very real.
When my oldest child was still an only child I came across a quote that touched me so much I put it in her baby album. “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother,” ~Lin Yutang. I would add that motherhood is not only our greatest right but also our greatest blessing. It is, at least for me, the best way to serve God. The best way to fulfill my calling in life. As Catholics, Tim and I are always open to life and have ultimately put the size of our family in God’s hands. Should He ever reveal to us that the time is right for another baby, my heart will be ready and waiting….