Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
Pregnancy comes with a multitude of surprises. You ache in places you didn't know existed. You have fluctuations in energy and appetite. A miracle grows within.
I was five months pregnant when I boarded the plane for Beijing. I knew a thrilling adventure awaited me. I was determined to capture each sight, smell and sound.
The day we traveled to the Great Wall was steamy for September. It's sheer enormity daunted. To climb it in my condition would be no small feat but I was determined. In parts it was a gentle slope. In others it was a vertical staircase. By the end I questioned my choice dozens of times. Just about the time I was certain I'd make Chinese headlines from being helicoptered back down, we made it to the top.
|Shannon, Five Months Pregnant, at the top |
of the Great Wall
The child we're not sure how to parent.
The marriage stretched beyond its boundaries.
Finances so far into the red they're crimson.
Unplanned illnesses, changes, and circumstances.
Carynne (5) is quick to tell you she's been to China and climbed the Great Wall. With every stride of my legs, she kicked hers. She was with me in each uncertain step. Together we made it to the top.
When life's problems loom, I am not alone.
When life is too much for me, it's not too much for Him.
He is with me in each uncertain step. Together we will make it to the top.