Archive for May, 2006

New photos!

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

We finally put some new pictures on our gallery: check them out!

Markus
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Let me clarify

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

As a result of some feedback I received on my “do me a favour” post, I feel compelled to clarify some things:

That post was not intended as an attack on any individuals’ decision to go to university. It was a rant at the tone of society as a whole (and the Church seems to support society’s values in this area as well). I was simply ranting at society’s value of pursuing education over starting a family at a young age. I was not implying that people who go to university do not work hard, and was not saying that university has no value. I said it has no value for me, at this time, and that it is not the be-all and end-all to having a successful career, or life.

As for my comment about birth control, I simply wonder if it is God’s intention for us to “play God” and decide when it is in our best interest to have children. I think he knows better than we ever could (as in everything else). I did not just say that I think birth control is wrong, I simply said I wonder if it is.

I meant no offense to anyone, and if anyone still feels offended over my thoughts on these issues….well go ahead, it’s a free country.

Growing like a weed

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Markus is amazing. He is smiling and cooing so much now: who ever thought a toothless grin could look so beautiful?! I’ll try to post some new pictures on the gallery soon. I mean, I’ll try to get Clay to post some new pictures soon. I’m so uninformed when it comes to that stuff.

Our dear son has been sleeping through the night for a week and a half already! He is two months old now: I can’t believe how fortunate (?)/ lucky (?)/ blessed we are. The trick is to give him a bath before I give him his night-time snack. He’s out for 6-8 hours every time. One night we even got 9 hours of sleep. And despite what everyone expects, I’m not up every two hours checking his breathing: I’ve been too sleep deprived for that. When I do wake up in the night, I just pray that the Lord will make Markus make a sound to let me know he’s doing good, and he always does. I know God loves him even more than I do, and has his angels watching over our precious baby as he sleeps, or does whatever else his cute self is doing.

Also, he was weighed again on Tuesday, and is 13lbs 2 oz. already! It is incredible how quickly he is growing! Everyone always says, “Enjoy him while he’s young….” like when he’s old, he’ll be a nightmare, or just plain boring. Well yesterday someone finally told me to enjoy him while he’s young, and when he’s older too: they’re always great. Of course I knew that, but it was nice that someone finally admitted that older children aren’t a disappointment in contrast to babies. :)

Do me a favour…

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

My son is the most spectacular little boy I have ever known. I always knew I would love my children when the day came that God would bless me with kids, but I had no idea that I would love him this much! Consider this my prelude to the rant that shall follow.

I am so tired of getting the vibe off of people that they believe I am too young to be a mother. It seems as though it has become far too common a thought that once you are married, you better wait a few years (well, five at least) to have kids. You know exactly what I’m talking about. You should enter a marriage with a university degree. And if you haven’t already covered this base, for goodness sake, get yourself enrolled! Heaven forbid that you someday be a mother without a bachelor of arts and crafts or whatever else have you. After all, those crafting ideas will come in handy when you ship your child off to daycare. You and your spouse should both work full time while you are footloose and fancy free, as you need to chalk up as much money as you can. Everyone knows you shouldn’t have kids until you can afford them. So while you are studying/working your butt off, you are praying that your birth control doesn’t let you down because this is not a good time for a child, (or praying that your children who are newly married will not conceive because they are just not ready for it), consider this:

My son, Markus Clay Bitner, is not the result of irresponsibilty and lack of thinking. This child is a gift, and he was not a mistake. Clay and I were not disappointed (or shocked) when the second line appeared on that pregnancy test. I am not a failure for not having gone to university, as I never wanted to go to university in the first place. I knew somewhere deep down, my whole life, that I wanted to be a mother who stayed at home with her children, and didn’t see any point in wasting money on “higher learning” while I bided my time for a child to make his appearance. Money may be a little tight in the Bitner household, but money is alwaystight for almost everyone. We’ve made adjustments and are surviving just fine. This child was God’s plan for our family. We allowed the Father to work his plan for our lives into being. And we are loving it.

So when you see me walking down the street, pushing a stroller; when I am walking the foyer at church in attempts to get Markus to stop crying; when you see me looking droopy eyed from getting up in the night to feed my son……
Do me a favour:

Don’t feel sorry for me.
I don’t.