As the snow was melting and spring flowers were beginning to bloom last year, I was looking forward to a new chapter in my life. The following fall, all my children would be in school (even though for my pre-schooler, it was only for a few hours a day). For the first time in 16 years, I would have a few hours to begin working on my budding writing and blogging career that had been on the back burner. Rejected book proposals, technical difficulties with designing a website and blog and a redesign of my radio meditations had been preventing forward progress over the past few years. Yet all of a sudden, a huge window of opportunity opened up for me.
Michele introduced me to an editor and shared my writing and radio ministry work. She was already seeking Michele to write a book on the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy for moms, yet with Michele’s family life, the task seemed overwhelming. Michele had thought I might be able to take up the offer. After reviewing my work, the editor’s answer surprised both of us, and she asked us to co-author the project for our first book. This tag team approach would fit perfectly into both of our lifestyles and our talents were a winning combination. It was a dream come true, the opportunity of a lifetime, and a testament to God’s perfect timing (or so I thought).
Shortly after signing the book, I discovered “two pink lines” on my pregnancy test. I was in complete shock. All I could think was “Really, Lord? Really??” Why would He give me this opportunity and not be able to fulfill it? How could He expect me to take on a professional book writing contract, start a new ministry with an active blog and not drown with caring for my own 6 children with a pregnancy in my forties?
Looking back 9 months later, I have come to realize writing this book during my pregnancy was a special gift to me. It certainly proved that “but for God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). The hours spent penning the paragraphs for Divine Mercy for Moms helped to distract me from morning or evening sickness in the beginning and provided me Divine Comfort when my vocation of motherhood got to be overwhelming later in the pregnancy.
I came to the understanding that was not by chance this project coincided with my pregnancy. I shared the quote from St. John Paul II in the introduction to Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina, ““In the designs of Providence, there are no mere coincidences.” This book was written and designed for all mothers who need to learn the great lesson of Divine Trust, and yet God wanted to show me this in a most profound way in my life. He gave me a gift and reminded me but we are all called to turn our joys and sorrows over to the Lord, especially in this Holy Year of Mercy.
My sweet and little Elizabeth was born on a peaceful and quiet day of December 26, 2015. There were no school, sports, or activities planned, but rather this day was reserved to rest and relax. She came at the perfect time, with a birth that was sublime. She was a gift I hadn’t asked for, yet I will I will never forget this amazing blessing of 2015; the year I birthed a book and a baby, not knowing either was heading my way when I sat down to write out my New Year Resolutions that January before!
May God bless us all in the New Year!