Before we get started, I’d like to first of all give a big shout of love and thanks to those of you who responded to the questions last week! It’s definitely not too late to join the conversation, in case you’re just now having a few moments to catch up!
One of the questions from last week was “how would your parents describe your birth story”. In particular, I loved what Sareh wrote:
“My mom likes to tell me my birth story every year. She had left my dad to give birth a few states away in a tiny town where her mom and dad grew up. She stayed with her grandmother who fed her huge, homemade meals and told her she was gaining too much weight. On my due date the doctor gave her castor oil, she drank an Indian herb tea and she walked miles and miles of small town sidewalk.
Her cousin was the delivery nurse and I was the only baby born in the hospital that day after 7 hours of unmedicated labor. Her mother’s first words upon seeing me, (to her forever embarrassment), were, “I hope that child is as rotten as you were.”
When I think of this story, I see a girl who was too young to have a baby but determined to figure it out. I see a severely dysfunctional family that still managed to surround her and help her. I see my mom’s pride in her natural birth that has put down my choice for an epidural and misunderstood the medical reasons for my two c-sections. I see a reflection of the ying yang nature of my mother and my relationship still.
I really hope that the way I tell my girls their crazy birth stories will reflect how much I love them and adore them and how incredibly special those life changing days are to me.”
Goodness, I just love that! So, if you haven’t had a moment to answer the questions from Week 1, head back over there!
Our reading section for week 2 talked a lot about apologies, her regret in not apologizing sooner to someone she hurt and then the grace that was extended to her after she finally apologized. I’m not going to write a full re-cap because I don’t want to be a spoiler, in case you haven’t read the book yet.
So, let’s get to the questions for Week 2, shall we?
- This week, Amy wrote a lot about a time when she really hurt someone and how she should have apologized for this earlier. When is a time that you’ve hurt someone and owed them an apology? Do you apologize easily or this something you’re working on?
- When Amy finally apologized, the woman extended her an incredible amount of grace. Over your lifetime, when has someone extended you this kind of grace? When has someone been there for you and chosen love, instead of picking up their armor?
- The second part of our reading for this week was about her divorce. It was super sad, wasn’t it? The question for that section is in what ways do you think a person can be a good friend to someone who is going through something similar? If you’ve had a friend experience this, how did you love on them during this difficult time?
Happy discussing, friends! I can’t wait to read your answers!