I can’t begin to count the times I’ve been asked if we’re done having children (no, I’m not pregnant). It started when we had our third child and as Mason joined our family with so many health issues the question has come up even more. It comes at church, at the many doctors, even in line at the grocery store. “Are you done having children?” Our response sometime baffles people. We trust God to do our family planning for us. If He has more children for us, great. If He does not, that’s great too. We’re blessed with the seven children we have.
People ask if we could have another child with Spina Bifida. Yes, but it could happen to anyone who gets pregnant. They are sure we might be crazy. “But what if it happened again? What if you had another child with Spina Bifida?”All I have to do is look at Mason’s face and the answer is simple. I would do this again in a heartbeat, no questions asked, with no regrets.
Did you know that well over 50% of mothers who learn their unborn child has Spina Bifida choose to kill their baby through abortion? They act in fear and reject the blessing God is offering them, a child, a gift. That is one reason I write this blog about Mason’s life. If one woman reads this blog and, when faced with her own unborn child’s diagnosis of Spina Bifida, chooses life with that child instead of abortion, it will be worth the time it takes to write here.
Yes, Mason has Spina Bifida, but that is just a detail, like his red hair or blue eyes. Mason’s story is one of hope, joy, and a life worth living.