A week or so ago, I followed one of those stupid news links that show up on my Facebook news feed…
It was about a mom of a man with Down Syndrome who said she wishes now, even though her son is in his 40’s, that she could have aborted him before he was born, because life would have been so much easier.
After my initial frown and anger, it got me thinking.
What would MY life be like had Annabelle never been born?
Here’s what I came up with– not an all inclusive list by any means:
I would still be working full-time, making a nice, healthy salary.
My savings account would be full, my retirement account would be healthy and growing daily, and I’d have some money set aside for my 3 kiddos college.
I’d have made my hubby take me somewhere cool like Hawaii for our 15th anniversary instead of a few hours away to the mountains.
I’d probably be about 50 pounds lighter. (I’m a stress eater….. like… a lot…)
We’d probably live in a different, bigger house.
My blood pressure would be much closer to normal than it currently is.
I’d have never had to watch my child have CPR, would never have had to see my child’s heart beating through her opened chest.
I’d not be able to follow the stories and pray for so many different children who are battling.
While I might have had a bigger home, I wouldn’t have understood the true value that is HOME.
I would have no concept of what it feels like to trust God completely with the life of my child.
I’d be a much weaker person–as the last 4 and a half years have only made me stronger.
I’d still take for granted things like being able to breathe with ease.
I would have never met dozens and dozens of doctors and nurses that work everyday to impact the lives of our littlest treasures.
I wouldn’t know the value of becoming involved in the medical care of my children.
I would have missed out on hundreds of little girl smiles and giggles. Of listening to her singing to me, ‘Rise and shine and give God the gory, gory” (and yes, she said glory as gory— at the top of her lungs— it is awesome!)
I’d have missed out on giving and receiving Annabelle kisses and snuggles. Of drying her tears and of having the humbling experience of begging God to let me spend even one more day with her.
Every tear, every sacrifice, every fear, every trial—
It was worth it.
It IS worth it.
I’d do it over again in a heart beat.
Because she’s my child. My daughter. My gift from God.
Even if God had only blessed me with ONE day with her to be able to love on her… it’d be worth it.