Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Cup Is Half Full

I always wanted children.  I loved growing up in a very large family and had always dreamed of having a large family myself.

Well, I have eight children.  

As of yesterday, we found out that yet another is in Heaven and so my earthly cup is now half full.

We  have four beautiful beings to behold and treasure on earth and four beautiful angels beholding our Lord's face in Heaven.

I am at peace.  Oh, it hurts.  A lot.   My face looks rather bloated today from our tears of sorrow, but I am at peace.   I can find God's blessings in this craziness.  They came in four shapes and sizes: Sally, Ester, Mabel, and Stan.

You see, once we found ourselves back in the woods after we believed that we had miscarried,  the excitement and love of our children just overflowed their cups and filled up our own. 

Where as adults we tend to hesitate and "think", children just "be".  Where we wanted to protect them and tell them not to "get ahead of themselves," we found ourselves being shielded from our own negative thoughts and worries by those four children.

Their pure love, utter joy, and total excitement was contagious; infectious.  We could not help but live these past few weeks in joy and thanksgiving.

Truly a blessing.

So I reach out for them now.  They need your prayers.  They have their own valley to walk through now and I pray for their own peace to soon fall upon them.

Jesus, I trust in you!


  1. Will be praying for all of you. I am so sorry.

  2. Oh, I am so sorry. Many prayers continue to come your way...

  3. Patty, I am so sorry for your loss and will be keeping you and your family close in prayer. You are such a beautiful witness to the Faith and to trusting God. I recently read that in order to truly love Christ, we must also love His cross. Your words here do just that so well.

    Peace and prayers...

  4. I'm so sorry also.
    I'll be praying. It's such a sensitive time, for we don't want our children to lose their faith over such a bittersweet thing.

    God used you as a vessel for another soul for HIM.

    God bless you.
    (I came here via Waltzing Mathilda)

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs coming your way.

  6. I'm so sad to read this today Patty. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are coming your way especially in the days ahead. May there come a day soon when your heart and cup are again filled to overflowing. {{hugs}} are being sent your way.

  7. Prayers for you, your children and husband. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

  8. Praying for you and your family as you grieve.

  9. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I have (unfortunately) walked in your shoes. I feel your pain, I grieve with you. I especially pray for your little ones that they too may feel God's healing hands upon their hearts.


  10. Still praying for your littles.....all eight. Peace be with you Patty and D.

  11. your intentions will be added to our pre-lenten prayers. prayers for peace and healing.
    pax Christi - lena and family

  12. Patty, please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  13. Oh Patty, I am so very sorry! You and your dear family are in our prayers!

  14. Dear Patty,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I think I first found your blog through lots of reading...looking for Catholic women understanding what I was going through after my own loss.

    I know your little one is blooming in Heaven-magnifying the Lord, full of joy and pleading for comfort for you.

    That is what my husband and I tell our children again and again at times of mourning for the child we just lost.

    We found great wisdom
    coming from a beautiful Catholic, specialist and warrior for change over the past month.
    Much hope and prayer for you and your family.
    I truly feel your pain and sorrow,

  15. I continue to lift you up in prayer. Please take time away from whatever is on your schedule to enjoy your family and work through your current situation. The rest of the daily "stuff" will all get done - later.

  16. I'll keep you in our prayers. God Bless you, your husband, and all your little ones.

  17. So sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. The kids and I have been praying for you all today. We know at least a little of what you are going through. We found comfort in asking the intercession of our Little Saints in heaven while we grieved. May you find comfort in the whole Communion of Saints!

  19. such a tumultuous journey you have been on...I'm so sorry it has taken this turn...keep walking on...

  20. So very, very, sorry:-( Sending hugs...And praying for hope and healing for your whole family.

  21. Dear Patty,

    My family has not stopped praying for you and, we will continue to pray for you and your family.

    I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine all that you have been through with this pregnancy to have loss, then hope, and loss again.

    There is so much that I would like to say, but now is not the time. Please know that my heart is with you and we will continue to hold you up in prayer.

  22. Keeping the whole family in my prayers.

  23. I am sorry to hear about your loss. I learned about it through Waltzing Matilda. Please be assured of my prayers.

  24. Oh I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. X


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