Thursday, April 7, 2011

Love, love, love!

What a glorious day!  The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and if you're reading this, it means your still vertical :) .

Kristal over at Getting Cricky with K Andrew is hosting a "LOVE" Link up party.  She is an AMAZING woman and I find that while we've never met, she is definitely a friend. {By my definition anyway :)}  It seems she always posts what I need to hear, when I need to hear it.  Definitely a Grace from the Lord if you ask me!  Obviously she is talented in the crafty sense too, but truth be told, that's not what made me gravitate towards her!  It's her attitude and her honesty--that girl is REAL, which is a total breath of fresh air!

She's asking that I share something special or unique about myself that you don't know...well let's see (this is HARD!)...I think I'll share one of the proudest moments I've had as a mama.

After my first daughter was born via c-section (unplanned) it left me feeling as though I missed a rite of passage into motherhood.  I didn't have the opportunity to suffer through contractions, scream in pain, or feel the immense relief and accomplishment that a mama feels after she gets through it all and sees her beautiful baby.  (Don't get me wrong, I felt all the love just not the sense of pride in myself).  Believe me, He was listening when I had my second daughter. 

The story is long but can be best summarized in this way: According to the doctors I was a week overdue, I finally went into labor on my own on a Sunday night, I labored for about 33-ish hours in the hospital (12 hours of walking the floor included), and I pushed for almost 6 hours (which is not easy when you haven't slept/eaten in 3 days) before my beautiful little Lauren was born that glorious Tuesday morning.  My special quality that you may not know (and heck, I didn't even know until I was put to the test) is how strong I am as a person, woman, mama....I am SO thankful that 1) the medical care team honored my desire for having a VBAC, even after I had labored so long 2) I have such a wonderful husband that loaned me his strength even when I wanted to give up and 3) the Lord gave us a beautiful, healthy baby girl who I can already tell has my perseverance :)   

Phew-that was long!  Moral of the story:  Careful what you wish for!  :) 



Cuttin' and Stampin' Cards said...

I'm a new follower thanks to the linking party. I was reading one of your older posts and you are talking about a blog roll. How does that work? I have a lot of sites I'v having to jump inot and out of everyday and it seems like I'm wasting more time trying to see what people have posted than being able to work. Any suggestions?

shersl84bed said...

Oh Jenny I can't understand your feelings on the c-section.
My first son was born c-section, and so was my second. I can tell you all that pain in suffering went on for a couple weeks after just trying to walk around. Not to mention you have those beautiful scars to be proud of, that shows your "rights of passage" Not to mention you get all those proud moments for the rest of your life where you take care of your children.

Rachel Miller said...

Hi I am here from KAndrews Love Link Up Party. I am your newest follower and I hope that you find the time to stop by my blog.

Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller said...


I would love to be a part of your Birthday Blog Hop. You can get in touch with me by email at rachelspapercrafts(at)ymail(dot)com or thru my blog

Rachel Miller

Linda said...

This is a fun party. I am a follower and would love you to visit my blog.

Misty said...

I came from K Andrews. I love your story! My Colleen (14 this Sunday) Was a Vbac as well!
Sending lots of ♥♥♥
Hummer Hugs,
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Raven said...

Enjoyed your blog but loved what you said about being a mom. I am so a follower now. Thanks for sharing.

Shelly said...

Hi, Hopped over from from K. Andrews. Your blog and creations are GREAT! I'm a follower and would love for you to pop over to my blog and have a look.

Krystal said...

I am already a follower. I loved your story. Glad your doctors let you do a VBAC! :)

I just love K. Andrews, she's always so wonderfully positive even if she's not having the best of days! :)

"See" ya on your hop soon!

kreative.krystal at gmail dot com

Tina~in_ut said...

Thanks for sharing your story~ I had the reverse experience! When I found out that I was pregnant for the second time with twins, my doctor told me that I could very well have the first one naturally, only to have to have a c-section with the second! No way was I going to do that.....but my daughter decided everything for us when she was breech! btw.....that whole "be careful what you wish for"'s how I got the twins in the first place~ :D

I'm now a new follower~


Tanya said...

Hi there. I'm Tanya and visiting via the linking party. I am now your newest follower and hope you can come by my blog when you get a chance. Have a super Saturday!!!


myapyapooh said...

hello Stopping buy to show some love from the love link up party. very nice blog.

lovemypaper said...

I'm a new follower great blog!

Tiffany said...

I stopped by to say that I love your blog! I have an award for you. Please stop by and pick it up!

Tiffany -

Sherrie K. said...

I am stopping by from the link party to say Hi!
Sherrie K

M.M. DeZigns said...

I'm a new follower! Please come by & see me sometime!

Trish and Treasure said...

Hi, I'm just popping in to meet you. I'm a new follower and I'm here on the Love Link Up Party from K Andrews.Have a great day. Hope to see you over at mine!
Hugs from Gold Coast, Australia
Trish Munro

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

I'm hopping through the Love Link Up Party. I am now a follower. :-)

Your cards are so pretty!

Rhonda Miller said...

Hi, love your blog. I here with the link it party. I am now a follower.

simplybren said...

Finally getting a chance to hop along and leisurely check out some new blogs. Thanks you for sharing your wonderful story. I have enjoyed looking around your blog.

Deanne Gutierrez said...

Hi there! I am a new follower of your blog through the Love Link Up Party. Gonna go "lurk" now. Please stop by my blog and become a follower:

Deanne :)

K Andrew said...

Hi Jenny--I definitly consider us friends--but you almost made me cry by what you said--how kind of you. THANK YOU soooo much. Knowing that I make a difference is fantastic.
I've been following your blog for a while now. Your story also touched me. I have been thru alot with both of my boys, especially my oldest.
Big Hugs to you,

amie said...

hi im a new follower i would love if u could follow me too :)
hope to c u there

Cara said...

Hi, I'm a new follower via KAndrews link love party. Would love to have you come by my blog leave a little love :o)