Truly Life Changing

March 20, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

If possible I would give this 10 stars- as a 4th time mom and an avid reader I have read several dozen pregnancy books. This one by far takes the cake!

I’m honestly moved to tears at the blessings and confidence this book has given me as a women.

At just over 500 pages I completed this book in a months time (with 3 little ones at my side) the format is easy for the busy mom because they are short essays or stories that build on each other. Literally 10 mins of reading this a day would be sufficient if you don’t have tons of “free time”.

This is actually a book I plan to give at baby showers from now on.

-Life Changing!

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This book was a prayer answered!

March 13, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

When I got pregnant with my first baby, I read SO MANY pregnancy books, but none of them fit the book I was dreaming about.

Then I prayed. Who prays about a pregnancy book??? I was then led to this book. It was THE ONLY pregnancy book sold at Deseret Book. It has changed my life forever!

I try to give a copy to every pregnant girl or mom I know.

But in all reality this book is an amazing book for ALL women, whether you are struggling with infertility, have children of your own, expecting your first, have lost a child, or are a grandma!

I’m so excited to keep passing this book on!

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by Robyn

A Woman’s Journey: The Six Periods of Creation

March 11, 2018 in Faith, Family size, Fertility, Gratitude, Grief, Jesus Christ, miscarriage, Parenting, Robyn, Savior, Temple by Robyn

 

Jehovah Creates the Earth by Walter Rane

 

Not long ago I found myself sitting in the garden room of the Idaho Falls temple pondering what was next for me. I had just had my third miscarriage since my last child. I realized that the repeated miscarriages meant that a chapter of my life was closing. I felt a little lost and confused. I had been in and out of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and birthing babies for the last eighteen years. I just didn’t realize that an end was coming when it did, so while I felt ready to embrace a new chapter I felt a bit melancholy about it too. 

 

One of the beautiful things about going to the temple is that, given our different circumstances, we will hear the same things but they will mean something new or different to us.  That day for me it was being reminded of the six periods of creation.  When God directs the creation, it is a beautiful harmony of events. Each creative period has its time and place. I had this ‘aha’ moment where I realized that I was not done ‘creating,’ I was just moving on to a different creative period of my life.  I felt like it was the Lord’s way of telling me that my family is complete and that it was okay for me to move on to the next stage of life that would no longer include, pregnancy, breastfeeding, diapers, and so on.

 

It was Dieter F. Uchtdorf that said, “Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter” (source). As women we do not move from one period of creation to the next in the same way or order. We each have different experiences, talents, gifts, and challenges that pull us toward a particular form of creation. For a long time it was childbearing for me. That period of time may be shorter for other women or longer.  It may not even happen in this life, but that period of creation will come, “If you are a mother, you participate with God in His work of creation—not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them. If you are not a mother now, the creative talents you develop will prepare you for that day, in this life or the next.”

 

Participating in creating is an ongoing process. The focus of creation for me will just become a little different. I like Elder Uchtdorf’s suggestion, “The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.” In the end I feel like I am still in the process of being created.  And, like the painting above, the Lord is directing it.  I can’t see everything from my perspective but He can, and I trust His wisdom and guidance. How grateful I am for the six babies who came to our family and the powerful experience that it was to carry them, birth them and nurture them. 

 

And so, I’m moving on to a new period of creation, relying on the Spirit to guide the way.  May that Spirit guide you in whatever period of creation you may find yourself. 

 

You may enjoy reading Lani’s poems that she wrote for the empty womb and this woman’s experience coming to know that her family was complete. 

Beautiful and Powerful Book

March 6, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

Best birth book I’ve ever read.

It has given me added strength and conviction to follow the path laid before me.

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We just welcomed a great grand child and it still helped me!

February 27, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

I’ve bought two copies of this book. One for myself and one to lend.

We just welcomed a great grand child, so one might wonder why I would find this book so interesting as to have a copy for myself. I have learned many wonderful and strengthening things for women of all ages.

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One of my FAVORITE books I read during pregnancy to prepare

February 20, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

One of my FAVORITE books I read during pregnancy to prepare! I highly highly recommend it to ANYONE in childbearing years! H

elped me feel much more confident, positive and informed going into motherhood. I also loved how it refocused me on the spiritual side of birth and helped me get rid of a lot of selfish anxieties.

Very very good book!

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Beautiful Book – I feel more prepared to have my third baby

February 13, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

This book has shined a new light on the pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the post-partum stages of creating a child. I feel much more mentally prepared to have my third baby.

The insights and experiences shared in this book have given me a new sense of faith that everything will work out and that I shouldn’t fear the actual having of a baby.

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Transformational!! Vital read.

February 6, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

I have been reading “The Gift of Giving Life” and I’m stuck on the Mother’s Blessing chapter! I want to keep reading it over and over again. I actually cry from the beauty of it. (no I’m not pregnant lol) I wish with all my heart this was more prevalent in our society.

To all the authors of this book- Thank you!! Such an inspiring and scared work!

Relevant for ALL mothers, and women, not just those of Latter-Day Saints belief.

Birth is physiological and physical and emotional and spiritual! I’m so glad there’s such a wonderfully written book that hits on all those elements.

I would give this book to all my friends, if I could. It may even be my staple pregnancy gift from here on out.

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Increased my Testimony of the Power of Women

January 30, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

I am in the middle of this book and I adore it. As a Christian, LDS woman this book has really increased my testimony of the power of woman and the blessing AND opportunity of child birth.

Seriously loving this book. I would even recommend this book to women who are struggling with infertility and wondering how heavenly father has children in the plan for them.

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Divinity of Motherhood

January 23, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews by enjoybirth

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

I LOVE this book! So many great insights! It’s not the typical pregnancy book that I’ve seen so much, it’s more about the divinity of motherhood.

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