An Unexpected Gift

by Annika Murray

I don’t like the terminology, “unwanted” pregnancy.  An unplanned or unexpected pregnancy is totally different from an unwanted one.  I can’t say that I planned all my pregnancies, but I certainly know that I wanted each one.  I’m enjoying Avary’s beautiful smile and exciting giggles. We didn’t “plan” to conceive her, but I am so glad we did.

After the birth of my fourth child, Ayden, we were convinced that our family was complete. We had 2 girls and 2 boys. It was a perfect scenario. Ariana had a best friend in Alana. They are sewn at the hip, just 16 months apart in age. Then Alston had a companion, his little brother Ayden. The girls comfortably shared a bedroom, with their sitting room turned playroom. The boys enjoyed just being boys in their own turf.

Then all of that changed in the fall of 2008. Ayden was just 10 months old. I recall riding home from church in mid-September and I mentioned to my husband how I had been feeling. He looked at me and asked, “You aren’t pregnant, are you?”

“Well, I don’t know, maybe.”

Now for someone who had already been pregnant four times, I was well aware of what it was like. Now let me pause for a minute and give thanks that I have had great, uneventful pregnancies. Thank God! I did not experience morning sickness, bed rest nor any serious complications and all of my kids were delivered full term. I was pretty much able to function at normal capacity aside from the weight gain.

Anyway, I just felt pregnant! We were not expecting Avary and were taking precautionary measures. So the birth of another child was not in the plan. We were done! After an at home pregnancy test confirmed it, the only thing we could do was laugh. All I know is that God’s plans are greater than ours and His will can override the will and decision of men. I know that every life has a purpose and each day, looking into Avary’s eyes remind me of that fact.

It amazes me that people constantly debate the issue of life. I am unashamedly Pro-Life. But for me it is not just some political stance. In my heart, I have experienced true joy and peace from the life giver. My hope is that all persons can have the chance to experience a life full of purpose and hope as well.

Annika shares the chaos, the challenge and some of the cherished memories of raising a family of five.

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