"Giving birth is an ecstatic jubilant adventure not available to males.

It is a woman's crowning creative experience of a lifetime." ~ Dr. John Stevenson

"The Road Less Traveled..." of Parenthood

Following your instincts instead of the crowd

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference."

Robert Frost

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Talita's birthday

I've had an epiphany of sorts. It all came about because a fellow Hypnobabies mom recently posted her son's birth story. He was born on September 11, 2008, just like Talita, and she named him Tristan Phoenix. (Same initials as Talita Pearl) She commented that she didn't care which day he was born on as long as it wasn't September 11th. I remember having the same thoughts. 9/11 is just such a tragic day in the history of our nation. After reading Tristan's birth story I again pondered on why Talita chose that day to be born. A thought came to me then, and it is this, "These precious spirits want us to focus not on the tragedy of death, but rather on the miracle of life." And then I remembered this paragraph from my pregnancy journal written in June 2008:

"I believe you want to be named Talita to remind me and your dad and everyone you meet in mortality to have faith and hope in Christ, His atonement and resurrection. Joseph Brickey’s painting of the daughter of Jarius depicts it well. Though we all have moments of grief and sorrow, the Savior stands at the door. When we’re ready, the door is opened, the light comes pouring in and life is restored, joy and reunion take place, and our mortal moment of suffering is ended. Because of our Lord and Savior, we can have joy forever. This is what you want me to focus on–not the aching loss–but the hope of eternal life and the joyous reunion with loved ones, all made possible because of our beloved Savior. From now on, when I say or think your name I will focus on the Savior standing in a light-filled doorway, just waiting to bring life and joy to my life and our family’s life."

Then it all came full circle. Now it feels totally appropriate that Talita was born on September 11th.


Jenny said...

What a beautiful thought. I believe this is exactly the message that our Heavenly Father wants to relay to us through Christ. Thank you for sharing! ~Another Hypnobabies mom

Sheridan said...

That is very beautiful indeed! I love the slide show and your thoughts.