Once upon a time, lo these many moons ago, a young college student and her boyfriend conceived a tiny little life one unusually warm summer eve.
Despite swirling emotions, harsh judgements, and unfulfilled expectations, the young woman resolved to carry her child to term, flying in the face of advice to the contrary and the law of the land which allowed termination through the ninth month of pregnancy.
On a Wednesday morning in the month of May, the young woman delivered her first-born child, a healthy baby girl with dark hair and lungs the size of Texas.
Mere hours later, knowing her painstaking choice was one made with greatly sacrificial love, the young woman gave her little girl away to her new forever family.
Every year, on this day, I reflect on the amazing collection of “yeses” that culminated in the precious gift of my life. I am keenly aware that, without each one of these assents, my life would be much, much different – or not at all.
It is with great thanksgiving and praise to God that I commemorate the life He’s given me, and I want to celebrate with YOU by having a little giveaway.
I must say – the response to my call to the Catholic community for a 40th birthday giveaway has been pretty epic – over 20 spectacular items to give away means there will be 20 individual winners – and there’s also a free ebook available to anyone who wants it. Everybody wins!!
My friend, you are not an accident, and neither am I. We have been wonderfully and fearfully made by a God Who knew us and wanted us for Himself before the beginning of time. I glorify God for the gift of your life and the gift of mine.
Without further ado, let’s get this party started! Head on over to Instagram to enter the giveaway, and be sure to tell your friends!
Thank you so very much to Elizabeth, Jen, Rebecca, Kendra, Rakhi, Jenna, Cristina, Heather, Shannon, Annie, Theresa, Adrianna, Ruth, Meg, Sue, Maria, Sharon, Katrina, and Lorissa May God richly bless you for your generosity and the great gift of your “yes.” Y’all are amazing, and I couldn’t pull this off without you!!
Peace and all good,
P.S. – Happy birthday blessings to Jon, Fr. Pat, Christine, Kathy, Elizabeth, and anyone else who made their debut on planet Earth on May 6th. You are loved!!