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The Miracle of Leonidas

leonidas, a true miracleIn honor of the miracle that happened in our life just one year ago, I would like to share a letter with you that I sent out to family and friends regarding the birth of our son. Many of you followed our story and kept us in prayer. Your support helped us through one of the most difficult times in our lives. We are forever thankful. As we approach Mother’s day next week I feel so blessed to still be here to be the mother my children need. I know God had a purpose for all that we went through and I feel so thankful that in a few short days we will celebrate our son’s first birthday! Today Leo is growing, playing, exploring, jabbering, and trying to get into everything! He holds my heart in the palm of tiny hand.  To think that there are people out there who thought he shouldn’t be here is just mind-boggling to me. His life, both in my womb and now outside, has provided proof that each and every baby deserves a chance at life! I pray that our story has been an encouragement to those who face difficult pregnancies or trials that just seem to be too much to handle. Thank you for helping me through this journey and for traveling this long, hard road with us.

A Miracle

On May 8th, at 39 weeks of pregnancy, we had our sweet little man via c-section. Leonidas Alexander was born weighing 8 lbs 7 oz. The doctors were amazed at how uncomplicated his birth was and how things were completely healed inside of me. The doctors scratched their heads and couldn’t provide us a reason why. I could though… faith and healing; God provided us a miracle. I know that there are some out there who would tell me that my body just healed on its own but given what we were told by the doctors at Jake’s birth I highly doubt that my body could have healed so well and so completely without God’s intervention.

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We know, without a doubt, that God made it possible to bring this baby into the world. There should have been no way that I could carry a baby to term. The doctors were very deliberate in repeating to us over and over again that my uterus was so damaged that it would never hold another baby again; that if I tried to carry a baby the baby would die and more than likely I would too. My uterus was in pieces… “it was like putting a jigsaw puzzle back together” they said. I know the body is an amazing creation but how can one go from never being able to carry a baby to carrying one for a full term pregnancy and finding the uterus to be completely healed if not for God’s help?

Through the years I have said that I know we are blessed far beyond what we ever deserve. Little Leo has proved to us once again that God often gives to those who don’t deserve His blessings. As I hold him in my arms I wonder what I did to find such favor with God. I am such a sinner. I have such huge flaws. I am a terrible mother at times. Why does God trust me with such amazing little people? I have yet to find the answer to this question. I pray though, every single day, that He will provide me with the patience, the love, and the understanding to raise these children for His glory… to be beacons of light in a world full of darkness.

baby leoIt’s amazing how much love you can have for something so small. It never ceases to astound me that each time we have another child my heart grows by leaps and bounds. How can that be? Shouldn’t it be that each time you have a child that you have to divide your love? No, God doesn’t work that way. Each time you have another child He multiplies the love that you have. That is a gift in itself! Love that just keeps growing and multiplying… you couldn’t ask for anything more!

I know that one day we will move past this phase in our lives. I thought we were past it when we were told we should never have more children after Jake. Shoot, I thought we were past it when I was told after Garrett (#2) was born that I had too many female problems and that I would never have any more children. I hope that I will be at peace when that day comes but right now I’m still enjoying having a newborn and being open to new life as God sees fit to bless us.

As a child I always said I hoped for 9 kids (all boys!). To be honest, I never believe that I would be granted that wish. I never thought that anyone would want to marry me let alone have babies with me, but still I hoped. I am so thankful for my life… the good times, the bad, the chaos, the rare quiet, the laughter and the tears. God knows what He’s doing and I trust Him completely.

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Leo today, almost one and the light of our lives! Thank you God for this beautiful gift of life… both his and mine!

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About Michelle Fritz

Michelle Fritz is a daughter of God, a cradle Catholic, a Georgia peach, a devoted wife of almost 30 years to amazing husband Mike, and an eclectic homeschooling mother to eleven living children. She has experienced the loss of 16 babies in her call to be open to life, but knows that God is always loving and always gracious. She and her husband know that they have an army of Saints already in heaven! In addition to her vocation as wife, mom, and homeschool teacher she also holds a Masters in Theology and has recently taken on the role of Youth Minister for both the middle school and high school groups at her parish.

  • Bridget - What a BEAUTIFUL story! I couldn’t help but think about a Traditional Catholic couple I personally used to know that the same thing was told to them. The wife was not a cradle Catholic, but a convert coming from a family that was very pro BC. She had given birth to 6 sons, and each time was told she would die. Unfortunately, at the end of the their 6th birth, the pressures from her family took over and they divorced. She was fearful of what the medical experts were telling her, she was constantly hearing from her mother to get on BC. Your story reminds me of the LOVE and STRENGTH and FAITH that God will gives us if we only ask! I remember telling her to trust in God for His Will…but, let’s face it, it’s not easy thinking that you could leave this world when you have six sons all under the age of 8! Thank you for sharing your story! It really touched my heart and has helped me renew my own faith too! The story I shared with you has always bothered me at so many different levels. I see the husband attend mass with her boys by himself…he splits up his children among the faithful there because he can’t control them all by himself…May 6, 2014 – 3:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle Fritz - Thank you so much Bridget for your comment! How sad for the couple you know. I wish they could have had a different outcome for their family. I will keep them in my prayers as I’m sure it’s still a struggle! Thank you again. I’m touched by your comment.May 7, 2014 – 10:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Tracy - I am so delighted to read about your post rupture baby. I ruptured with number 6 and was told the same thing about having more. It was devastating. I heard the same things about the state of my uterus and how another baby would put me in grave danger. Thanks to the grace of God we felt about 18 months later that He was asking us to trust in Him and be open to another pregnancy. I also consulted with a local Catholic ob/gyn who gave me another perspective. My darling daughter (baby 7) was born in May 2011 at 36 weeks via c-sec. after several weeks on bedrest. Now she is three and we are praying for another miracle. I have had 2 miscarriages since her birth and I don’t know if I’ll every carry to term again, but I am at peace knowing God has a plan…July 9, 2014 – 8:17 amReplyCancel

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