Each time I meet with a surrogate, I realize that we all have to deal with the reality that there are those people that aren't supportive of our decision. No matter what life decisions, or sometimes lack there of decision...just the life we were given, there are people who won't be supportive, and that's ok so long as they keep that to themselves. Some people think that it's ok to share their opinion with us and tell us why it's wrong, or right, and others will just simply ignore the pregnancy and don't want to deal with the fact that we are genuinely happy growing a BEAUTIFUL baby inside our womb. I've even been told that some people look at surrogacy as some sort of prostitution. I'M NOT JOKING, I've heard it! They think we're selling our bodies for money. I'll just let you stew in that one for only a moment...
With the few negative things we have all heard about surrogacy, there is an overwhelming amount of positive things that we've all heard. Strangers aren't afraid to wrap their arms around me and give me the greatest hug that anyone could give. People tear up at the idea of how we could give the greatest gift, life. Others will share that they had this desire and never lived it out. More people than I can count have said that they've heard about surrogates on the news but have never met one in real life. One person even told me that I am now a local celebrity (that made me chuckle)! The point is, is that I'm just showing people that I'm living who I am and who I was created to be. These are the people we want to surround ourselves with! Life in general should be shared with positive people, and those are the people I'm really attracted to. I enjoy being around happy people and people who enjoy being around me.
My family is my greatest blessing in this life. I have really high expectations of what a great family is, because generation after generation has been lead by an amazing example of how people should be treated when they are part of a family. Both of my Grandmas did a great job of allowing us to see that when you join a family, you simply become another person to love just as equal as all the others. When I was blessed with my only living Grandpa (Only by looking at a family tree would you know that he is technically my Step-Grandfather), George, he and my Grandma embraced each other's kids and grandkids like their own. The joining of 10 kids, in-laws, and 27 grandkids couldn't have had a more beautiful ending, or beginning!!! We were given more awesome people to love and to love us! This is much like the joining of a surrogate's family with the intended parents and their family, we're gaining more awesome people to love and to love us!
Speaking of my amazing family, on Sunday I'm going to be heading to my aunt and uncle's house for a photo shoot where five of eight pregnant cousins will be showing off our beautiful baby bellies. Can you imagine how excited our Grandparents must feel looking down on all of us grandkids? This might be the only time when 8 of 27 grandkids are pregnant and due between January 2014 and May 2014. It's going to be so awesome!