I Have A Say Thanks to My Mom and Dad!!!

Being the oldest of 11, I am so thankful, especially now, for my Mom and Dad saying "yes" to life! Growing up, we never had a ton of money. My Dad was a high school chemistry teacher and my parents decided from the beginning that they wanted to have one of them home with us. My mom gave up her teaching career, and raised me, followed by 10 others! My Mom also taught all 11 of us at home for part of our childhood before we would head off to Nativity Catholic Grade School. My Dad worked long hours, eventually earning other degrees so that he could first become dean, then principal, and finally, when I was a sophomore, he was named Roncalli High School's first president. My Dad and Mom both sacrificed SO MUCH for us.

I remember, even as a young person, getting stared at by people, and I remember the comments they would make. I can still hear a dental receptionist asking my Mom "Are these all yours? You know how children are made right?" followed by a real insidious but ditzy chuckle, followed by a secretarial gum crackle. My Mom and Dad were always tight budget wise, and I'm sure at times ached with a desire to not have to take bags of clothes from other families so that we could have clothes. I'm sure my Mom and Dad had desires to simply go to Nordstrom and buy us and give us all our own new clothes and Gameboys and Reebok Pumps etc. I'm sure they at times really wished they could just get a new car and not have to drive a fifteen passenger van around. I'm sure at times they wanted really badly to just go to a restaurant and sit back and enjoy a big expensive meal instead of having to cut coupons and craft together economic meals on the stove.

But they chose life for us, and they chose sacrifice for themselves.

I often think about that ditzy secretary now when our family gets together almost every weekend for dinner to laugh and hang out. Some of the siblings might be out of town or busy with other obligations, but inevitably, all weekend long, every weekend, our family gets together. Sometimes, when we're out at a restaraunt, I see the couples who are alone with each other. They hardly talk to each other and the loneliness is palpable. A part of me feels bad that we're having so much fun with our 8 tables shoved together, telling stories, laughing good hearty and healthy laughs. Sometimes I wonder if one of the couples sitting in the restaurant quietly and solemnly is that dental secretary - who now has piles of money and can eat wherever she wants, but doesn't have hardly anyone to share it with. My heart breaks for the people who are alone, especially the ones who are alone because, when they could have been having children, they instead bought into the contraception lie and lived for themselves only.

I have a say today, and so do my ten younger brothers and sisters, because my parents chose life. Mom and Dad - thanks a million!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Janice Crowe Almost Aborted But Realized She Had a Say

I had a say:
Many years ago, in 1971 I found myself not only graduating from college, but pregnant. My first trip to the doctor, to make sure, was met by a doctor and nurse not only confirming that I was pregnant, but that I should have an abortion. I had not asked for that information, or lecture. I was raised to believe life was sacred. But after over an hour of their preaching to me about how I was going to be wasting my degree and my life if I were to continue and give birth, I said yes. They sent me on my way with a packet of pills, instructions, and was told to be at another address with money in hand the next day.

That night I sat looking at that packet of pills and I had a say, and I said no.

I cringe to think what I would have done if they had pressured me to have the abortion that day.

Instead I gave birth to a wonderful baby girl who has never in this life ever disappointed me. She has been my joy, and in many ways my salvation. She was and remains my angel. She was the greatest gift of my life.

I was not a Catholic at that time, but my family was raised as Catholic. I found that this Church represented everything I already believed in.

It is this Church that my beautiful grand daughters are being raised in now.

I had a say, and I have been blessed in more ways than I can count.

And now, I have a say also: How many babies must die? How many doctors, nurses, or just plain people in the business of providing as many abortions as they can will continue their jobs of wiping out generations of children? My very country has waged a war against me, as they wage war against my Church! Against ALL churches in the Christian faith! I have a say: And I say it must end. This assault on Christians must stop. They have entered a war I do not believe they can win, for our God is a Mighty God. We must all stand up and say a giant “NO!” in unison.

I know of many Catholics that are not practicing the faith, or were not, but they are coming back, because they are seeing the Truth at this moment and they Know what must be done.

Not only do I have a say, WE have a say. They awoke the sleeping giant, and there is no way to put us back into that sleeping state.

I thank you, and the rest of our good Priests and Bishops for leading the way!

1 comment:

  1. Praise God! He surely whispered in your ear that night!