Our Twin Story: Continued

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My oldest daughter, Lane drew this picture for us after we lost the twins. She said it was to help remember them. Her sweet heart never ceases to amaze me. We are so blessed.

Phew! Last week. Man, last week’s post was…it was really just so hard. I literally cried through the whole thing. And then I went upstairs and cried some more. And then I stopped. And then cried again some more. And then stopped…I think you get the picture. This was on and off again for most of the rest of the night. Then I felt it for the next few days. I usually read and re-read and then re-read my posts before publishing them. But I couldn’t do that with last week’s. I was too empty by the end of it. I had used up too much of myself to worry about if anything flowed or made any sense. Some of it doesn’t, by the way. There’s a lot of disjointed things in there. I thought about going back and editing it. But then that’s not real. There’s so much real, raw emotion in that post that I simply cannot fabricate. I know so many of you feel that real, raw pain in your lives. I think I would be shortchanging somebody if I went back and “fixed” it. And so, disjointed and imperfect I’ll leave it. Parts of it may make me crazy, but I honestly think it’s for the best.

I’ve received such an outpouring of love and support since last week. I just want to say thanks to you all for that. I honestly couldn’t walk this road without the people we have surrounding us. God has been so good to us. He has provided such amazing friends and relationships. Thank the Lord we serve such a kind and loving God!

But anyway, back to last week’s post. I could barely even finish it. It jolted my soul for sure. Not in a bad way, but definitely in a hurting kind of way. But also in a healing kind of way. I’ve had brief moments of grief come up out of nowhere this week. Things that I haven’t dealt with all the way yet. I think last week’s post sort of opened up the floodgates for that to happen. I’m certainly glad for that, but it has made for some real, hard moments. Moments in the kitchen where I’m getting some tea after the kids are in bed and I have a memory literally out of nowhere, and start to cry. It’s not like me, but I think it’s really good for me. I’ve only made it so far on this road to healing. I’ve come a long way, but I still have a long way to go. In some ways, I know I will never heal fully, but I am so glad that the Lord is not done with me yet.

Friends, I miss my babies. I miss them every single day. There is never a day that goes by where I don’t think of them. Sometimes it’s hard for me to grasp that I have s-e-v-e-n babies. Seven. That’s a lot of babies. I often wonder what our lives would look like if all seven of them were here. I’m overwhelmingly grateful for my four babies that are earth-side, but I can’t ever help but wonder about all the what-ifs.

That being said, I never let myself wonder long about those what-ifs. That isn’t useful for me. Instead I try to redirect myself to the here and now. How can I use their short little lives to make an impact? How can I use what pain I’ve experienced and turn it into something beautiful? I have to remind myself over and over again that God has a purpose for their lives. There was a reason that they were created. Honestly, and I really hope that I’m not offending anybody when I say this: honestly, sometimes I get really, really angry that I got pregnant with those sweet babies at all. I hate admitting that. I am grateful, only in a different sort of a way. See, it would have been much easier to not have ever been pregnant with them than to have been pregnant with them and lose them the way I did. And so, I have to remind myself that I did get pregnant with them. And there is a reason for that. I carried them in my belly for so long for a purpose. It is not all for naught. There’s a distinctly difficult beauty about that truth. And I’m sitting here still trying to figure out what that is all about. I’m still trying to fight and struggle through it.

So welcome! You get to be my audience through this process. Hopefully I can shed some light for some of you. Hopefully I can let you know that you are not alone. Hopefully I can inspire you to share your own stories. Whether they be baby loss, infertility, or something else entirely. I know I sound like a broken record here, but we cannot do this thing called life alone. We just can’t! We were not created for that. We were created for relationships. We were created to bear one another’s burdens. To rejoice with one another and to weep with one another. I’ve had to learn to live in that kind of a way. It doesn’t always come naturally to me. Sometimes it feels uncomfortable. It certainly felt uncomfortable last week. I kid you not, last week was one of the most vulnerable moments of my life. Maybe that didn’t come across the screen, but, boy oh boy, I sure did feel it sitting here at my desk. I felt it hard. Last week wrecked me. And yet, last week brought me healing that I have long been waiting for.

This journey is long and hard. It’s exhausting. But there are parts of it that are simply inexplicably beautiful. There are things that make it all “worth it.” Thank you so much for sharing in my journey. Thank you for seeing me, and for hearing me. Thank you for not letting me walk alone. I pray mightily that I can do the same for you.

Insecure

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Guys. I am so, completely, utterly, 100% not qualified for this. I’m crazy unorganized, I like results more than “the journey”, I have things to say, but who really wants to hear them? I’m sitting in Starbucks right now scared senseless. For real. I care far too much what other people think of me instead of reminding myself how HE thinks of me. If you were sitting here with me, you would probably laugh at me as I squirm in my chair, trying to adjust my laptop so people can’t see what I’m doing (or how poorly I’m doing it #technilogicallyimparied). I’m so afraid people will look at me and think, “why on earth is she standing up? Who does she think she could possibly reach? She looks like such an idiot…” For. Real.

But here I am. Trying to stand in the calling God has for me. Trying to stand up and be heard. Trying to make an impact. In a world so saturated with some seriously amazing bloggers, it’s hard to feel like I could have a place among them. It’s hard to imagine being “seen”. While I tend to be insecure by nature, I also know that there is a very real enemy feeding me these lies of “not good enough,” “don’t try,” “it’s not worth it”, the list goes on and on. Fill in the blank and I’ve probably thought it-or believed it. I’m really good at telling others to face their personal demons. I’m not as good at doing it. But I’m ready to move forward. I’m ready to fight this fight. Because my story is worth it. And so is yours.

Ya’ll, I have seen some hard times. Really, really, really hard times. You can read a little bit about that here.  And I refuse to stand by and let the short lives my boys lived be in vain. I refuse to let them not make the biggest possible impact. I refuse to let the enemy win. Give me grace as I figure this out, as I stand and commit. I’m so excited, but honestly, I’m really, really scared. Being vulnerable, honest, real-those things aren’t my strong suit. I like living in a world where people think I’m super strong and can handle (on my own, thank you very much) whatever life throws my way. But that kind of living is a lie, and I won’t stand for it any longer. I can’t do it by myself. You can’t do it by yourself. None of us can. I’ve learned some hard lessons along the way. I still have so much learning to do. But hey, let’s share with one another. Let’s share all these things that we have learned. Let’s get honest, real, raw with one another. Life lived together is life worth living. Thanks for tagging along on my journey. I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

 

P.S.-this picture of my girls is what I strive for. To spin around with the people I love in complete, and utter joy-not caring what the world around me thinks. It’s amazing how they inspire me.