Friday, July 23, 2010

Twins 101: Conversations

"I heard the great news! Twins!"

"Yes. We're very excited."

"Better you than me!"

"Are they fraternal or identical?"

"I don't know yet. We might find out at our ultrasound, but then again, we may have to wait until they're born."

"Does it run in your family?"

"Yes, I have some that are distant cousins."

"What about your husband's family?"

"Well, it actually doesn't matter if they're on his side of the family. For fraternal (genetic) twins, it has to be on my side because it means I released two eggs."

"Oh. Well, congratulations...I guess."

These are a couple of the real conversations I have had multiple times. Not everyone ended on a negative note, but I have had a few end like these. It never ceases to amaze me how negative people's comments can be, and they assume you agree with them so they're not rude at all. Yeah, right.

But I've had some good conversations as well. My favorite was with my friend, Caroline. We were in Tulsa for the weekend, and we went to visit our former church there. She walked straight up to me and said,

"This is the greatest thing you will ever walk into. This is something you will look back on and say that this is when it all began. This is a great blessing, and I am so excited for what God is going to do."

That is a loose translation, but exactly what I heard.

Speak life to people.

If you say you honor life, respect life, and protect life, then SPEAK LIFE.

Speak it over your children, over your home, over your spouse, over your family, over your friends, over the Body of Christ, over the sucky circumstances in your life, over the amazing circumstances.



  1. Love it! I can't beleive people sometimes...the Lord has blessed you with two babies!!! What's negative about that?!?! Glad you got some encouragement when you were back in T-town...Love you and can't wait to meet the new Geedles ;-)

  2. Speak life...I love it. Thank you!

  3. You know, I had the terrible realization not long ago that birth was never celebrated in my family. Nobody was ever happy about a pregnancy. Not for my brother, my sister, my cousins, Freddie, or Addie. Nobody ever said, "Congratulations!" They always turned up their noses or worried more about the circumstances and never about the miracle that God had provided. I can't imagine how I ever thought that was normal. I love you so much and I am so excited for you and your family!

  4. I like your thoughts and idea on your blog. The lord really blessed you with your babies. Just keep your courage and faith.

  5. LIFE! you inspires me. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh Amanda, what a wonderful from the heart post. I just found out that a friend of mine is also expecting twins. She is on wk. 9. I think I will send her along your blog link.

  7. I hope I didn't sound negative when I said I was glad mine came one at a time... didn't mean to, but am sorry if I did. God gives these abundant blessings to those who can handle them :) I have no doubt that had I had 2 at a time, I would have handled it just fine (and breastfed them too :)
    I am not jealous of anyone who has had twins, but I *am* thrilled for them.


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