I'm currently on holiday in Israel. It's such a beautiful country I couldn't pass up the chance to visit with some colleagues from work when it came up suddenly and for free!! :-)
On the second night, I met a friend who moved here a couple of years ago. And finally had the chance to meet his wife. She has often been mentioned, but I'd never had the chance to get to know her while they were living the UK. They have four children who she home schools, so she was often, for obvious reasons quite busy... fertile woman!
She is an absolutely gorgeous woman of God inside and out and when the dreaded question of my own family came up, I could sense her empathy rather than pity when I told her I was waiting on God to conceive. Which makes a nice change. Until....
After the initial awkwardness of what to say, she started to tall about how much better off I am without them, that although she loves her kids her life has completely changed and no longer belongs to her. This was interspersed with her hubby's comments about how amazing their kids are, and how awesome a mother she is, as clearly he had no idea how the conversation had started or why his wife was saying what she was saying!
Far from being embarrassed, I found the exchange quite hilarious actually!!!!
Makes me more determined than ever to find a way to open up dialogue between the uber fertile women and those of us who are waiting patiently in order to avoid these kinds of conversations!!!!
Father God, I thank you for women like Adele who are doing a great job at parenting and raising children who will be strong in You and Your purposes for them. I pray you would help all women to find a way to encourage each other without feeling they need to be apologetic for who they are or what they have. May Your love flow between those of us who are childless and waiting and those women who are blessed with children. May there be no fear. No intimidation. No awkwardness. No feelings of inferiority or insecurity. Lord, You are Lord of all and know the path You sey each of us on and why. May we each be strengthened on our jounrey's. In Jesus name.