Not long after we moved to Saint Simons Island in 2009, I discovered this adorable pumpkin patch. As I picked my pumpkins, I smiled and watched families laugh with their little ones and take pictures of their sweet smiles and giggles. My “baby” was a sophomore in high school, and I feared my pumpkin patch days were behind me… but, I had hope that maybe more babies would come, maybe 2010 would be my year. In October of 2010, I had just experienced the loss of the second pregnancy since last I saw that pumpkin patch. We weren't friends anymore and I would drive by quickly trying not to look at all of the families that could be found there on any given fall day. By 2011, losses 3, 4, and 5 had occurred. That year I faced that pumpkin patch head on and pulled into the parking lot, but through the tears, I couldn't bring myself to get out of the car. I was too hurt and broken, and ready to put this dream and desire aside because it was too painful to continue. I knew that God could give me the baby that I so greatly desired, I had seen him do it for countless people before. But, just when I was prepared to let Him “off the hook”, my sweet covenant group said not so fast… to say that we approached the throne of grace with boldness is an understatement! If you don't have people like this in your life, please find them! When the fall of October 2012 arrived I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter. That year I avoided the patch like the plague. I would go out of the way to avoid driving past it. Nineteen days after the pumpkin patch closed for the season, Oakley Jean Akins arrived safe and sound. In 2013, just 2 weeks before I was set to square off with that pumpkin patch again, much to my surprise, I found out that I was expecting my son, my "exceedingly and abundantly more than I could have ever asked, hoped, or imagined". I didn’t take a photo in the patch that year though because as I was holding my baby daughter in my arms, with my baby son in my tummy, I was too emotional to do anything other than point to the pumpkin I wanted and my sweet hubby picked up. In the years since, we have spent a lot of time in that patch, and taken lots of pictures. We have definitely done our fair share to support the youth group at Saint Simons United Methodist Church. I think we went 3 times this year. It was always the desire of my heart to have more children. I don't know what the desire of your heart is, but I do know that if you are delighting yourself in Him, He wants to give it to you. It may not be in your way or your timing, but if it can happen for me, it can happen for anyone.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever." Psalm118:1