As with anything important Shonnie and I undertake, we spent lots of time envisioning and planning for what we’re aspiring to create. Parenthood is no different, so we’ve been devoting a fair amount of time to thinking about what matters most to us about this journey, how do we want to experience it, what way do we want to be with our child, etc. At this point what we have is a clear vision for the pregnancy. We want to share it with you, primarily in order to get your support in holding this same vision with us as we travel life’s path these next 6 months.
Our Intention: We intend to gratefully and gracefully receive this gift of new life into our lives and our family. We will honor the responsibility we’ve been granted and savor the joy of this pregnancy and the parenting experience. We will nurture this growing life with love, attention, tenderness, strength and joy, creating a healthy, easy, and joyful pregnancy as we wait for baby’s birth. We will open ourselves to growing even more fully into who we were meant to be, and we will support our child to grow fully into he or she is meant to be. We intend to trust Life and nature as well as the wisdom we each carry within. We will also do our best to foster community throughout this process—both to support us on this journey as well as to forge deep connections in this world that will soon be welcoming a new member.
Our Vision: In a thoughtful and natural way, we begin making the transitions necessary to shift our blissful family life for six (2 humans, 4 cats) to a blissful family life for seven. We are well supported through the entire process, easily getting all that we envision emotionally, spiritually, materially, and physically—it’s evident that this was the path our lives were meant to take. Nothing we presently enjoy about our lives disappears during this time and much of our lives become even richer, more joyful, loving, and connected. Shonnie is healthy and well throughout the entire pregnancy, and the delivery of our baby is all that we desire and more. Our kitties still receive ample affection, attention, and love. They are welcoming to our newest family member and become dear and beloved companions of our growing child. Bruce is a tremendously supportive father and partner to Shonnie. He feels intimately connected to our baby and is fully involved in the pregnancy and birth process. Shonnie is a loving, compassionate, lighthearted and devoted mother who shares herself fully with our baby as well as Bruce and the kitties. Our physical space easily, comfortably, and safely accommodates our enlarged family while remaining simple, energy efficient, and truly nurturing to body and soul. Our families, friends, and care team do all that we envisioned they would and more. This draws us even closer and helps create a truly joyful and supportive community that endures long past this birth process. The visions and plans that we create for each part of this life adventure help keep us grounded, allow for a smooth-flowing ride, and enable the best and highest good to come into being each step along the way.
If you are willing to hold this vision (and we sincerely hope you will be), we ask you to do so as we make the transition to this new phase of our lives. With love and gratitude to each of you for your presence in our lives.