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Schaller Family News

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9

 

Winter

Discovering our pregnancy with baby #3 on Christmas Eve was quite a gift. January and February, however, did not feel like such a gift for Tara. The first trimester can be grueling. But in many ways, it was a gift for us five. We had to rely on help from neighbors, friends, colleagues, our church, Lydia’s school, and ultimately God. Many of the people who normally babysit simply weren’t available, so we had to get creative. That was such a gift too.

Although people were not knocking on our door every day, God provided more than we expected. One family from church loved watching our girls so much that they offered to watch them weekly! One neighbor, Françoise, filled-in last-minute for a canceled babysitter. She enjoyed reading French parables to Rachel. She hadn’t read anything like that since her childhood. She also taught Tara bizarre tricks to combat heartburn-induced nausea. Marjolaine is another neighbor who didn’t mind that our house was a mess, Tara wasn’t well, and the girls were unkempt. Tara frequently needs to have blood drawn at a lab, and Marjolaine would help Tara get there and take care of Rachel too. On our slow walk through the winter wind, she shared about her personal struggles with miscarriage and loss. Even though sometimes it’s hard for her to be around kids and pregnancy, she loves them so much. She’s an honorary aunt to us. We don’t have perfect words to comfort her, but she says that just being able to talk, receive a hug, and play with the kids is therapeutic. We see her a couple times a week now that her temporary job is done. She’s even started coming to a discovery Bible study with Tara, but we’ll write more about that later.

There were at least a dozen people who helped us during those two months of illness. Trent was surely the biggest help, as he was filling every single household role except for baby-growing. And on the days when no one could come help, God provided two of the greatest gifts. One was watching the girls invent their own fun and problem-solve together. Sure there was some screaming and hitting, but their ability to enjoy each other skyrocketed while Tara was a lump on the couch. Secondly, God gave Tara a great appreciation for this pregnancy. Her first pregnancy was quite miserable, and she felt like the whole world was telling her she was doing pregnancy wrong because she was ill. The second pregnancy was different. She had no illness for 9 weeks, but the placenta was not fully-attached, and the doctor gave us a 50/50 chance of it re-attaching. The moment Tara got sick, we knew Rachel was fine! So now with “Sweet Pea,” our third, the unpleasantries are easy to celebrate because it means the baby is doing well. What a gift!

Summer

There were at least a dozen people who helped us during those two months of illness. Trent was surely the biggest help, as he was filling every single household role except for baby-growing. And on the days when no one could come help, God provided two of the greatest gifts. One was watching the girls invent their own fun and problem-solve together. Sure there was some screaming and hitting, but their ability to enjoy each other skyrocketed while Tara was a lump on the couch. Secondly, God gave Tara a great appreciation for this pregnancy. Her first pregnancy was quite miserable, and she felt like the whole world was telling her she was doing pregnancy wrong because she was very ill. The second pregnancy was different. She had no illness for 9 weeks, but the placenta was not fully-attached, and the doctor gave us a 50/50 chance of it re-attaching. The moment Tara got sick, we knew Rachel was fine! So now with “Sweet Pea,” our third, the unpleasantries are easy to celebrate because it means the baby is doing well. What a gift!

Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Sweet Pea

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