Thankful Thursday - Better Together

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“A friend is someone who gives you the total freedom to be yourself” 
-Jim Morrison

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Valentine’s Day in our household is not spent on expectations of gifts and fancy dinners. It is spent cutting my children’s food into heart shapes and time together remembering and appreciating the things we often forget about why we love and care for each other. 

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In our almost 14 years of marriage the only thing my husband has ever told me no to was learning how to box because he thought I’d “practice” on him (I was a tad feisty in my younger years). Naturally I am very passionate and take big risks - he is logical and would rather take the safe route. But no matter what crazy idea I’ve had, he’s always let me live it out. He lets me be me. I can’t think of a better way to love someone than to walk beside and allow them to become who they were created to be. My husband has let me explore my dreams and passions and supported me each time I’ve failed. 

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I hear from women all the time who say they want to become a surrogate, but their husbands won’t let them. I understand the concern for a wife’s safety and that it can seem a little strange to carry another couple’s child in her womb. It is not for everyone and each couple must make that choice for their own family. For me, my life would look a lot different now if I had not been given the opportunity to live out my dream of becoming a surrogate. It was a deep longing that I had, and my life will be forever changed in so many ways because of it. 

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Today, I am thankful for marriage. I am thankful for the amazing man God put into my life to support and love me unconditionally, and to walk by my side as we grow together through this crazy life.

-Cat, Founder and Former Surrogate