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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's been 40 years... 40 years!

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.  To be expecting my own little one in less than 2 weeks, I think of how many of her classmates, friends or peers will not be here because those who were also pregnant at  this time chose not to allow their children to be born. 

Honestly?  Though I'll write a post today, there are no "adequate" words to describe what I feel when I think of this.  No adequate words.  I am heartbroken.  I've had a busy day today, but honestly, as always when I stop in my busy-ness and consider... really consider what today actually commemorates... I am, as I am now, reduced to tears. 

Take another glance at the photo above and LOOK at that baby!  LOOK at him/her!  What are we so afraid of?  When did the child become the enemy?  When did we decide that it's worth more to fight for the "right" to kill the child... harder than to fight for the right to save it? 

I feel like the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT reminded this whole country in a unexpected, unwanted and startling way how we SHOULD feel at the loss of a child.  We should feel devastated... simply devastated.  We should feel like something precious and beautiful has been lost.  Everything in us should want to do all we can to "make it right" or change the outcome of this loss.  We should be willing to do anything to save the life of a child.  We should never see them as ...disposable.  And yet the reality of it all is that this same country that grieved in mutual devastation over the loss of 20 children (and justly so) ...this same country has found 55 million reasons to "choose" for one reason or another to dispose our our children before they were ever given a chance to take their first breath.  What is it that makes us so complacent to that fact, so numb, in comparison to the other?

In the midst of so many grieving over this horrific anniversary, this VIDEO came out to commemorate/celebrate today's anniversary.  Stop for a second and reflect on this.  Can you imagine if a German officer came out sitting in a chair and gloating over what had occured during the holocaust in the same fashion?  Imagine the outrage!  ...and yet, sadly 10 TIMES as many children have been legally executed (just in the U.S) in the last 40 years.  This is reason to grieve.  TO GRIEVE!  This is NOT a reason to celebrate. 

Yet somehow somehow... so many are deluded into thinking we have somehow done something "great" for women.  We have "freed" them.  They think we "pro-lifers" are only about "the baby" and not about the woman.  This is (or should be) so wrong... women need our support, our truth, our help, our guidance to help them come to a place where they no longer see the choice to kill their own child something to be "grateful" for, but something to be saddened and horrified by.

Let us together join in prayer and solidarity to beg that the consciences of all (especially in our country and especially in our administration) be deeply moved to never be silent until things have been "made right" and children of all stages of life are once again considered a blessing to our nation ...and not a threat ...not a reason to be fearful or lose hope. 

When we feel helpless and hopeless in the face of such a battle, do not be afraid to acknowledge your grief and shed tears, but let us also pray hard for all women who feel they need to consider this option due to fear, or lack of support.  Let us pray for those who are misled into this decision.  Who have become hard of heart and forgotten that every child, not just the "perfect" child or the "perfectly planned" child... every child is intended to be a blessing and every child should be given life and every mother should be given reason to hope and to rejoice! 


  1. Beautiful post Marijanna! Love the comparison you made with the CT children.

    You have such a loving and soft heart, so happy to know you.

    1. I feel the same about you Jamie. In regards to the Newtown children... think also, we did not look at those young women who gave up their lives (their young lives) to protect them as having thrown their lives away! We considered them heros. And they are. They are heros that put the child first and do all they can to protect them from anyone who would do them evil.

      I tried to comment to your reply on your blog but always have difficulty doing it back. Ava was born at this point in my pregnancy by now and you were saying how your little ones were born a bit early as well. I have so many I know that have children who were born SUPER early (at less than 2lbs or around 20weeks) and are now thriving. It's amazing what we can do with medical science now... for good or for ill.

      I still can't even read this post without the tears falling every time. When ...when will we wake up and become a "human" nation again? When will it end?

  2. I love the "unplanned pregnancy", "unplanned joy" line. Because yeah, three of my babies weren't "planned". I didn't plan their existence and I never could have planned for the joy they've brought.


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