My Mt. Wilson

Abby here, guest posting. =) I know this is the NaPro HUSBAND’s blog, but what’s a husband without his wife butting in every now and then? =P

Anyway, I just wanted to share about what I learned from my most recent hiking adventure and how that hike was very similar to our journey through infertility.

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This past Saturday, Mark and I (and three other friends) hiked to the top of Mt. Wilson.  A personal accomplishment, to say the least, but that 14+ mile trek kicked…my…butt.IMG_5258

There was one point while we were hiking down the mountain when I wanted to give up. I was over it. Everything down to my toes ached and I just wanted to sit there and cry and sulk.

But then I thought, ‘What good is quitting going to do for you, Abby? You HAVE to keep going, or else you’re just going to be stuck on the mountain. Like, really, STUCK there. They’d have to call a helicopter to bring you down. And you’re not a lame-o. There’s no use in crying. You have to finish what you were set out to do.’

It wasn’t until the day after that I realized God was speaking to me right then and there.

You see, this past week had been pretty rough. Particularly because I knew Mother’s Day was coming up and it would be another one that I didn’t have someone going through the stash of cards in my office, wondering which one they should give me. The whole week, I was feeling sorry for myself – crying…sulking…feeling the same way I felt when I was on the mountain. But instead of my toes, it was my heart that ached.  I was over it…over the charting, over the nightly dose of medication, over the constant questioning of ‘when is it going to happen? Or will it ever happen?’

But at mass on Sunday, I thought about the mountain and how there was no use in me crying then and there was no use in me crying now. I have to finish what I was set out to do. I have to finish what God set me out to do – to remain hopeful and joyful in times of confusion, anxiety, and worry. And to ‘continually praise God’ just as the disciples did when they were anxiously awaiting the promise of the Father (Luke 24:49-53) .

So that’s my mission.  Well, our mission. To share that there is joy and hope in NaPro Technology and Natural Family Planning. I wasn’t meant to take the helicopter down…nor was I meant to do In Vitro Fertilization or anything else that compromised what I believed in. I was meant for this. And though this adventure may seem as never ending as those gruesome switchbacks on Mt. Wilson, there will always be something wonderful waiting for me at the top.

At Mt. Wilson, it was a chili dog from the Cosmic Café.  =P
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For the rest of my life, it’s heaven with my hubby.
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“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.” – Romans 8:18

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Happy Mother’s Day?

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Today is one of those days that always bring mixed feelings for couples struggling with infertility. You can’t help but thank your mom for all that she has done to raise you.  You can’t be more happy for those new babies brought into this world.  You can’t help but feel blessed to be called Godfather or Godmother to countless other children.  But it does hurt not being able to hand your wife a card, a Mother’s Day card.

jesus AscensionToday at mass, we not only celebrated our mothers, but also the Feast of the Ascension.  It is a day where we are reminded that Jesus did not belong to this world, but rather at the Father’s right hand. His body and soul ascended into Heaven… but before Jesus left, He asked that the disciples not leave Jerusalem.  He asked them to wait for “the promise of Father,” aka the Holy Spirit. His work was done, but it was just the beginning for His apostles.  It was the start of their work… and our work.

 

It is not a coincidence that this year’s Mother’s Day falls on the same day that most dioceses will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension.  God is calling all couples struggling with infertility to continue waiting… waiting for that promise.  But not in sorrow or sadness, but in joy.  Much like the disciples did in today’s Gospel (Luke 24:46-53), they ran back into temples “with great joy.”  It does us no good to dwell in our misfortune or to get upset that Jesus decided to unite us in His sufferings with our own sufferings.  Today concludes our 9 day novena with St. Gerard and the beginning of another.  Our hope is that St. Gerard joins us in our prayers for someday obtaining “the promise of the Father”.  It is also our hope and prayer that all infertile couples obtain that.

“For all those who have suffered the loss of a child, are struggling with infertility, or are waiting to adopt, may the peace and comfort of the Lord be with them as they turn their lives over to Him, we pray to the Lord.” – The prayer intention we submitted for all the masses at our parish (they said a modified version)

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O glorious St.Gerard, powerful intercessor before God, and wonder worker of our day, I call upon you and seek your help. You who always fulfilled God’s will on earth, help those desiring to conceive to do God’s holy will. Intercede with the Giver of Life from whom all parenthood proceeds, that they may conceive and raise children who will please God in this life, and be heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

http://thepracticingcatholic.com/2013/05/02/novena-for-those-wishing-to-conceive/