This is 10-year-old Brooks. He absolutely, positively knows what he wants to do in life, has an incredible knack for knowing how machines work, and he is the most curious little guy I’ve ever known. Pure joy, really.
Brooks really shouldn’t be here. Before his conception, I had a 3 month old baby girl. My husband was self-employed, we were in financial distress, and we did not have any insurance. We were STRONGLY advised by some to “not get pregnant” due to our current financial situation. We had just felt the Lord convicting us about giving Him control over our family size, so this was a huge struggle. What should we do? We certainly knew we were not going to implement any artificial use of birth control. We said we believed God knew our circumstances, but our flesh gave in, and we practiced abstinence for 5 months…well it would have been complete abstinence except for one, ONE I tell you, “exception.”
A few weeks later when I began to feel nauseated, it never even crossed my mind that I might be pregnant. I mean, we had so sacrificially behaved in such a way that made that impossible (except for that one time)…
Pregnancy test was positive. Surprisingly, as I held my little 3-month old and looked into her face with the realization that I was, again pregnant, a peace came over me. I said out loud, “Lord, you do have a sense of humor!”
Long story short, regarding our insurance, my husband became employed with a landscaper, received company insurance which picked up the pregnancy without a question (there is a law now that prohibits a group insurance to consider pregnancy a pre-existing condition), and none of our fears were ever even an issue. (By the way, we were shocked to find out that a “non-insured” pregnancy is actually very affordable. Our hospital charges $2,700 for the total package, including my favorite part–the epidural! The doctor’s fee is separate, and can be made in payments as well as the hospital bill.)
When I look at my little Brooks, I almost shudder to think about how close we came to not having him. I am thankful for God’s sense of humor, which is actually His sovereignty. And guess what? My body did not fall apart because I had two children so close together. My oldest son received the little brother he had been longing for; and our family received yet another, incredible blessing that I can’t imagine being without.
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