I think I'm starting to understand life...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Welp. It's official! Natasha Craig is with child. (i.e. prego, pea in the pod, bun in the oven...you get the idea). Let me tell ya something, this baby business is some crazy stuff. I never thought I would be having my first kid at the age of 20. I always figured that I would get married, finish my degree, hang out a bit with my hubby and THEN have kids.

I could not have been more stupid.

Me and Ash are taking a marriage institute class, and it's changed my perspective on a lot of things. Not that I would say I didn't have good goals and aspirations and understanding before I took this class, cuz I did. But I would say I was a little naive... To what life's all about.

I had this picture of life. You know, those thoughts we let circulate through our heads about why things are the way they are, or what something means, or why we are here or there, and with all the circulating we come to a conclusion. This conclusion is our perception based on our thoughts that are compiled based off our life experience... Blah blah blah you get the point. My point is that despite the fact that I'm a good person, some of my perceptions were a little "off" about life.

So God is sitting there going over his children's plans and opens up the "Book of Natasha" and says, "I think it's time I teach my daughter a little about life... Bless her heart." And that's exactly what he did.

He taught me in all my quests to follow his plan, I was disregarding (or I guess setting on the back burner) his biggest plan of all.

I call this a reality check.

So what am I even saying? I'm saying that I was blind. Blinded by life and image and degrees and the whole world in general. I didn't understand heaven because I was to caught up in "life". God had it all planned out though, because I was blessed with my little baby, before I really understood what a blessing that it was.

Our lesson in institute was on *drumroll* multiplying and replenishing the earth. Going into this lesson I understood how important families are, I had every desire and plan to have a family, I knew how important families were to Gods plan. I was planning on finishing up school then starting my family, after all we are told to get all the education we can as women and men right? So in my mind, I had it figured out pretty good.

Not.

There is NOTHING so critical and crucial to our salvation as bringing children into homes where they are born in the covenant and raising them in the gospel. Our whole eternity depends on this. Any measure to prevent or limit a soul is complete selfishness and one who possesses such selfishness is not worthy of exaltation.

It's a big deal!!

That being said, through the course of reading a bunch of quotes on the subject and the importance of the role of husbands and wives to be parents my eyes were opened and I am officially on the course to being the best mother to all the children I am blessed to have. There is no greater call then to be a mother. I mean, you literally get to teach and raise heavenly spirits to be like God. I am so glad that I get to start this journey early in my life, and that I got my reality check early in my marriage so I didn't miss out of these blessings.

I cannot wait to welcome lil baby Craig to our family.


“During my professional career as a doctor of medicine, I was occasionally asked why I chose to do that difficult work. I responded with my opinion that the highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother. Since that option was not available to me, I thought that caring for the sick might come close. I tried to care for my patients as compassionately and competently as Mother cared for me.

Many years ago the First Presidency issued a statement that has had a profound and lasting influence upon me. “Motherhood,” they wrote, “is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels.

Because mothers are essential to God’s great plan of happiness, their sacred work is opposed by Satan, who would destroy the family and demean the worth of women.” Russell M. Nelson, “Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women,” Ensign, May 1999, 38




4 comments:

  1. This made me happy because I was 18 when I was married and found out the next month I was pregnant! It's been almost 7 years since then, I have 2 more children and wouldn't change a thing :)

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  2. That's fantastic, but you know that waiting a while and getting an education isn't a bad thing, right? I think god would understand if you took a few years to become educated, get a degree, and see where you want to go in the world before choosing to have kids

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  3. I stumbled across your blog recently and was really excited about everything you had to say until I read this post. I'm so happy for you and hope that motherhood is all that you want it to be. I just wonder if you consider what reading this is like for somebody who desperately wants children and has undergone every medical treatment there is trying to conceive and has been unsuccessful. I won't be reading your blog anymore but I do sincerely wish you nothing but a lifetime of love and happiness with your husband and children.

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  4. I think this post is really about Natasha gearing up to take on the sacred responsibility of motherhood with devoted acceptance and enthusiasm, even though it's not what she had planned for herself. Not at this point in her life anyhow...
    There's lots of great kids without homes out there. If you're unable (or choose not to) conceive yourself perhaps consider adoption?

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