Welcome to Birth Story Week! In honor of Labor Day we thought we'd share with you how our little ones entered this world, but by no means do we want to overshadow the true meaning of Labor Day. That being said, I believe there is a lot of similarity between American workers and mothers. The U.S. Department of Labor says:
"Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."
If I were to rewrite this to apply to mothers:
"...tribute to the contributions mothers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our children."
Giving birth is probably the most physically and emotionally challenging thing many of us women will ever do. There are many decisions to be made about how your baby will enter this world, but in the end, that little one will dictate everything. You are now playing by his rules. We had our birth plans; we thought we knew what we wanted. And even though neither of us had the birth experience we planned for, our babies were born healthy and happy and that's all we could have asked for.
So to commemorate and remember these amazing moments in our lives, we'd like to share them with you. We know not all of you will be interested in these tales, but they're there anyway. Be forewarned, birth is never a clean ordeal and our descriptions may get a little, well, descriptive.
We are also not saying that you should follow our lead and plan to do any of what we did. This is purely for educational purposes and we only wish to inform you of how the birth of our children went. Many women experience far easier and far more difficult deliveries than we did. We are thankful each day that our stories were written the way they were. God knew what He was doing when He brought our sweet babies into the world.
This Friday we're doing a Birth Story Week giveaway! You could win a copy of A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers for our upcoming book study or a homemade set of gender-neutral bibs and burp cloths! The choice is yours! To enter you just need to do 3 things: Like the James & June Facebook page, follow us on Pinterest, and comment on this post. We want to know if you're a Mommy/Daddy (and how old your kids are), a Mommy/Daddy-to-be (and how far along you are), or if you're still happily enjoying kid-free peace and quiet! a Rafflecopter giveaway