Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Camino De Santiago - The Way of St. James Pilgrimage


Today the yolk sac - which is the primary nutrition for the twins, floats like a balloon in the placenta. As the days go by, its size and need will diminish as the placenta is preparing to take over all nutritional needs of the babies.

Wife is holding up just fine. Sleepless nights continue. Shortness of breath has increased. And shocker - some of the pups are actually living boundaries rules and limitations. There is definitely a different energy as pre-pregnancy, our paw kids could get away with murder. Now, they too are living this new day in the home. This is serious as they have usually run our home and their whim and will. Glad they too get a taste to a new energy at home. It will make us all better in the long run. I've always been the disciplinarian as seen by their consistent preference for her at all stages. I just happen to be their second choice or they settle for me when the wife is not around. I've accepted that. Wait, I hope that is not a pattern for when the kids are here. No, no, no. I will put up a good fight on that front.

So while we have tried to live within the framework of one day a time. We can't help but think positive and think ahead on what the future awaits. That has led us many times to the conversation of names. Still continues to be a tough discussion and one I will dedicate more time later. For now, I have submitted my wish list. And hopefully serious consideration will be had.

This week was very special for many reasons. One I'd like to mention is that several friends did the pilgrimage through the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This is also called the Way of St. James. It is one of the world's oldest pilgrimage roads that has been used for centuries now. It leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which is where the remain of Saint James are housed.

Why am I sharing this? It has a very special meaning. You see, the first book I ever gifted the wife was called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It's a beautiful story about a pilgrim that looks for love. The moral of the story is that he sent his desire for love to the universe. The point is that if there is anything we most desire for in life, the universe will conspire to make it happen. Here the universe can be whom ever you believe in. Whether it is God or a higher being. The author's inspiration for his works have been because of this pilgrimage of the Camino that he embarked on. It's on my bucket list. It is a road where you literally walk for well over a hundred miles in a week.

Several of my friends did that journey last week and completed it this week. Thanks to the power of social media and facebook, they shared their journey and they became members of our prayer warriors for our own personal journey. It was a powerful journey for them as it was for us. So, Team Twin A and Team Twin B is well represented the world over.

Please continue keeping us in prayer as that is the best thing that can happen to us at this point. We believe in it and know that it fuels the journey of our life. Especially at this juncture.

For now, we are living a beautiful chapter in our personal story. It is one we wouldn't be able to carry through without our mutual love and that support we have from those close to us whom we rely on for words of wisdom, support, advice, and overall guidance. They have been our light in this journey.

Paulo Coelho said it best, “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” 

That is the legacy I want to leave behind. 

My primary goal right now is to fulfill the privilege of parenthood. The wife and I have so much love for each other that we are anxious to share of the love in raising another human being with that blessing. We well know that what we have is special. Our legacy is to keep giving the universe that gift back.


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