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Overcoming the Fear

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As I saw this come across my Facebook wall this morning, I couldn’t help but think of this in terms of my pregnancy with Madeline after losing Joshua.

Losing Joshua was a horrible, awful nightmare.  It was my world crumbling.  It was life crashing down around me.  It was dreams ending.  It was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced.

I could have let that be the end of my story.  I could have let that fear, that pain, that nightmare consume me.  Define me.

Instead, I got brave.  I let my heart open up to the idea of another child.  I let my head fill with dreams of rocking a baby to sleep.  Of playing peek-a-boo and singing lullabies.   Of holding a living, breathing, healthy baby in my arms.

For those of you struggling with the loss of a pregnancy, a baby, a child, or whatever nightmare is currently consuming your life – please don’t shut out your dreams.

I’m not naive.  I know that not everyone gets their rainbow after the storm.  We are blessed beyond measure that we have.  However, for those who are standing in the middle of the nightmare – keep dreaming.  Your dream may look different now than it did 9 months ago, but it can still be beautiful.

Hold on to hope.

Happy Friday!

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