This past weekend the Hubster and I went on a late birthday getaway. We had the chance to meet up with some new friends of ours. I met Esther by lurking around on her blog. Actually I was told about Esther by my best friend Heather. Esther and Heather are bloggy buddies and also even better buddies through Hannah's Prayer Ministries, a Christian forum and website devoted to women struggling with infertility and loss. Esther and Heather have this in common, infertility. They are two very strong women who refuse to let infertility define who they are, and I am humbled by the grace that each of them exude. I love them both and thank God for placing them both in my life.
So why did we go visit Esther and her husband? You see, Esther is special. Esther has a very special story that you can read about here. You can also read more about Esther here.
Have you ever felt a true calling from God? I Have. My calling is to help Esther give her last two babies a chance at life. God placed this heavily on my heart recently, but surrogacy has been on my heart nearly my entire life. I have prayed and prayed and been given confirmation after confirmation. God's hand is in this and I have no doubt that this will bring Him glory! I have offered to be Esther and her husbands surrogate.
Meeting them was the first "step" in our journey together. When I know more on our journey, I promise I will update you, but please know that some things I may not share because I am simply a tiny piece of this journey. Esther and her husband will have to give me permission to share our journey with you because I simply won't have it any other way. I also understand that there are moral issues with IVF and other forms of fertility treatments and I want to clear this up:
*Everyone has different views, please don't leave hurtful comments about someones choice. They made it... not you. Just be respectful when commenting on this very delicate situation.
*If you are pro life I hope that you can see where we are coming from with this. We want nothing more than to offer a chance at life to these babies that are in waiting. If it is not meant for them to have a life here on earth, then God will see that through but at least they will be in heaven and not here waiting. But if it is meant for them to have a life here on earth, I want for God to use me however He sees fit.
To close this up I will share this story with you..... While on our trip, we visited their church. It just happened to be Jan. 22nd which is when a landmark decision was made the case Roe v. Wade in 1973 giving women the constitutional right to have abortions. Here I am, sitting beside 2 people desperately wanting a baby and listening to the pastor bring awareness to the church on the issue of abortion. I swear he said the word 100 times, and each time I felt myself slouch in my seat a little farther. It was such an awkward feeling for me, and I have never even had an abortion. After we prayed for God to stop abortions and bring peace to all women who struggle with guilt because of it, the pastor got around to his message. What was it on? Investing in other peoples lives. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. The entire messages was filled with confirmation from God on our surrogacy. FILLED! God put us in those seats, at that church, with this couple, to hear that message for a reason. We serve an awesome God!
Pray for us as this journey continues! More specifically, pray for finances to be dealt with. We are very excited to see what God has in store for us on this amazing journey together! Here is a blog Esther started just for this new journey!
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." -Ephesians 2:10