So, I was thinking the other day about the long hard journey that alot of us are on. As I was thinking, I suddenly had a bit of insight and an interesting analogy came to mind. We can compare our trials, heartache, and joy to the process that a master swordsmith uses to turn a useless hunk of steel into a beautiful work of art. It takes many trips into hot coals to soften the steel enough to be shaped, many many blows of a blacksmith's hammer against the steel to shape it into the envisioned sword, and repeated dunkings into a bucket of cold water to temper the steel to give it flexibility and strength. The end result of all this heating, striking and cooling is a beautiful work of art that is strong enough to do the job at hand, yet flexible enough not to break. God is doing something similar to us in the trials that He has given us on our journeys to have our babies. The repeated trips to hot coals can be likened to the different medications and procedures that we undergo in an effort to get pregnant, the hammer blows are the rounds of IVF/IUI/timed intercourse that we undergo every month, and the dunkings into a bucket of cold water is the disappointment we suffer with every visit from AF and every BFP. Eventually, there's a final trip to the coals for one last blow from the hammer for a final shape, and then a slow cooling to give the sword it's final strength and flexibility before it's polished and decorated. Just like the sword, eventually everything we go through will pay off and we will have our slow cooling off period from the repeated cycles of tempering and shaping, and in the end the result is the same, a beautiful "work of art" that is the beautiful baby that we've all been waiting for so long to welcome into our lives and families. Whether that baby comes to us via our own bodies, the body of a surrogate, or through adoption does not matter in the long run, the truth of the matter is that we will be just like that sword, strong enough to do what needs doing, yet flexible enough not to break, and absolutely beautiful with the glow of motherhood about us. Don't ever lose hope about having a baby, the trials and tribulations that we are going through just means that our babies will be more beautiful and special than any other baby on the planet, and we will love and appreciate our babies more than most moms, because of the hardships we had to go through to get them. Just like the sword, the end result is worth all the effort that goes into tempering and shaping. Keep the faith ladies, it will happen for all of us!
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