06 November 2008

Life is Funny

I am a planner. I like to know all the details in advance, to be prepared for anything. So naturally, when I was 17 or 18 I started planning the rest of my life. Taking in account my life up to that point, I figured I wouldn't get married for awhile. So I planned things so I could take care of myself until that happy day would occur years in the future. I chose a very labor-intensive major that would take longer than your typical 4 years of college, but would probably make me lots of money when I graduated. Well, I was wrong. I went to college, met a boy, and married him 8 days after my 19th birthday. Me being the planner I am, I altered my plan to fit in a husband, but I figured children should wait until I was done with school. Well, then I had Max my 4th year of school. And I altered my plan to fit in a child, but wanted to wait until we were both college graduates and Rob had a career and we had a third bedroom before having another. Well, I graduated, and started having thoughts about another one, even though Rob didn't have a career and we still only have two bedrooms. And I decided, you know what, I need to stop planning. So I did. Now, I am much more relaxed, I have not had any major anxiety since letting go of "my plans." And it's a good thing.

We got pregnant late August/early September and both Rob and I had mixed feelings about it. It's easier said than done to completely let go of a plan, but we gradually accepted, and got excited, about having another baby, two bedrooms and all. But life is ironic.

Once we finally wanted the baby, it wasn't to be. Yesterday we found out that our baby is dead. It was a very sad day; lots of tears were shed. Yet lots of comfort has been found as well.

I feel very strongly that a fetus possesses a spirit. Max started getting very clingy not long after I graduated, and I didn't know why until I found out I was pregnant. His clingy-ness coincided with my conceiving. He knew that there was a baby there before I did. And Rob made the comment "Children are closer to the spirit," which makes perfect sense. Max could sense the spirit entering the baby before any of us could. I also feel very strongly that it was a boy, our Nicola. I read an article not that long ago about miscarriage and the idea that a spirit will come and go and come again when the time is right to be born, something I had never thought about before. And I know that Nicola came, but this body was unfit for him, so he left. But he'll be back when the time is right.

I am incredibly grateful for my membership in the church. I know who I am, and the plan Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for me. Even though I wanted this baby, losing it has made me appreciate more what I do have: my family. Max's hugs have never felt so good, Rob's gentle hand on my back has never brought me such comfort. And I have never felt so strongly the love of an ever-present Heavenly Father.

I also had the thought while waiting around doctor's offices yesterday, that if our Heavenly Father knows everything, and so knew that this body wasn't going to work out, why did I have such strong promptings to have another baby? And I think it was a trail of my, and Rob's, faith. The world today does not encourage couples to have babies unless they have large houses, and large incomes, the best health care, and all those worldly things we think a baby needs. And in a way, that was exactly how Rob and I were thinking. The Family: A Proclamation to the World says "We declare that God's commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force... Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness." A baby does not need all the things of the world, it needs a loving home where a father and mother nurture and teach: things that neither income nor social status determines. Even though Rob and I, in a worldly sense, were not prepared to have another child, in a spiritual sense we were. I am so grateful that we recognized that. And I am grateful that we passed this test.

13 comments:

  1. Oh, Jackie. I am so so sorry! That has got to be so hard for you guys. My thoughts are with you.

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  2. Jackie I am so sorry. I can only imagine the heartbreak that such an experience must invoke. I am inspired by your perspective and by your testimony. I hope that you and your family will be feeling better very soon. It's good to know that you have Max and Rob to love you and comfort you at this time. My prayers are with you.

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  3. Jackie you are so sweet. I admire your perspective, however, I am sure that there is still sadness that comes with understanding. Thanks for your good example. You are in my prayers.

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  4. how is it that the one who is going through the trial seems to be the one with so much faith and understanding? you are simply amazing--i've never had to experience this particular trial, and somehow reading what you felt and how you are coping with it is giving ME comfort. one day, if that happens to me, i'll remember what you wrote. im sorry for you, and i hope you feel the continued comfort of the spirit.

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  5. Jackie you are such a strong woman. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I love you and am thinking and praying for you and your family.

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  6. Harmon family, I feel so deeply for your loss. While I have only had an early term miscarriage, I can only imagine your loss. It is so good for you to voice your thoughts and feelings. I hope that you continue to. I am so greatful to hear of the faith, love and understanding the gospel brings. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  7. Jackie your example during this time is amazing and I love you for it. Your family will be in our prayers.

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  8. Jax, Rob and Max,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. What an amazing perspective you have. Hugs.

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  9. that was beautifully written. nicola will appreciate your perspective and faith when he does join your family. and i'm also sorry for your loss. and i'm grateful to have you as a friend. thanks for sharing your testimony and your story.

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  10. I'm so sorry. Thank you for your testimony and strength. You're in our prayers.

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  11. Jackie,
    You're such a wonderful example how the Lord wants us to grow through our trials. I'm sorry for the pain you both are going through and our prayers are with you, but I'm so grateful for your example to all of us. Love you

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  12. Oh Jax. So, so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  13. I am so sorry you guys. Our prayers are with you. I truly believe that you will meet baby Nicola someday. It's amazing how a person that you have not met yet has touched your life and strengthened your testimony in such an amazing way. Please let us know if there is anything you need. We can't wait to see you guys while we ae here in Charlotte.

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