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!!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mrs. M

I have a say. I have a say because as the child of a wonderful, generational, Catholic family I turned away from that life and bought all the lies that the Planned Parenthood crowd sells.

I bought into the idea that contraception is wonderful because it allows sex on demand without responsibility of course, followed by abortion should that drug fail.

Then I got married. I started to question my liberal ideas. I wanted a baby badly but could not get pregnant. Wait a minute! Wasn't it my "right" to demand a baby?! I had contracepted like a good liberal American woman. I had a college degree and a wonderful job. I had money, a very good and decent husband and two dogs. I wanted a baby.

I did get pregnant, but that baby was lost in the middle of my pregnancy. An overwhelming sense of loss and grief have followed me every day for 22 years. That baby was not a "right"! He was a gift. He wasn't something I could order, like a fast food meal, just because I wanted him. And in my despair, I found God again. Most likely to the unceasing prayers of my wonderful parents, I returned to the Church. I had six children, all rather quickly as I was entering my 30's by then.

I have been inordinately blessed to have been able to homeschool my children. And they too, have a say, because my teenagers do not believe in the lie that is being preached by this society and by the minions of Planned Parenthood.

So, Planned Parenthood, I have a say. As a nearly 50 year old woman, I have a say because you stole my innocence with your lies, you stole the best of me and the best of my young life because I lived your lies. The lies of the evil one, the lie that sex would be the ultimate freedom! The truth is that only God can give peace, the peace that comes from living under the truth that comes from Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church. So until I die, I will speak of the sadness that comes from following the lies of Planned Parenthood.

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