6 Petersens? That's right - there's one more!!!
Now for the story. After we had Darla I was sure that we were finished, that our family was complete. I guess the best way to make Heavenly Father laugh is to make a plan. We found out we were pregnant and I was shocked (truly) and a little unprepared. Tyler was of course thrilled, albeit stunned. He thought I was kidding at first. I struggled with feelings of complete inadequacy. I was overwhelmed. But gradually I realized that every baby has been a blessing and I don't want to be in complete control of my life. I want Heavenly Father to direct it as HE sees fit, because He sees all that I do not. After much prayer I am thrilled, excited and absolutely thankful that He trusts me with yet another amazing little person. This is right and best and I'm glad that I didn't get in the way of what is right for our family because of my own selfishness.
It has been difficult to tell people and see their shock, their disgust and their obvious and outright scorn. I've had the most rude, hurtful and insensitive things said to me and I'm saddened that the priorities of so many are so completely backwards. Six is a lot. It's a lot of hugs, kisses, love and laughter - a lot of giggles and stories and cuddles and smiles. Why not one more?
So . . . announcing the next little Petersen miracle coming in March of 2012 (I'm 12 weeks). I'm not-so-secretly hoping for a boy to round out our numbers but would thankfully welcome another little chickadee to our mix. The kids are all elated and Kabe tells everyone he sees that he is having a baby (sounds funny coming out of his mouth). Following our pattern this baby will be 2 years from Darla in school, 19 months apart and with luck (if he's a week or two early) I'll still be 30 when I have my last baby :) Isn't life an adventure?