October 10, 2012 1:40 PM
Vasectomy reversal - happy ending/new beginning
10/10/12A vasectomy tale
Theirs was a love story like many others -- cradle Catholics who'd known each other since parochial school, fell away from their faith in college, married at 22, and finally returned to the church after the birth of their first child 18 months later.
But they returned to the church on their own terms, still using abortifacient -- euphemistically known as birth control -- pills. As Mark Faas recalls, "We were 'cafeteria Catholics,' for sure."
When their daughter was joined by a brother three-and-a-half years later, Mark surveyed the new normal -- a wife worn out at the end of the day, 20 minutes to pack two kids in the car -- and decided two kids was plenty. Bragging to friends, "Our kids will be out of the house by the time I'm 40," he didn't tell his family until the day before he sealed the deal with a vasectomy. Their second baby was barely 8 weeks old.
In the meantime, Mark and Jen were continuing to go to church and getting involved in Bible studies. Just six months later, Mark was at a men's retreat when his conscience kicked in: "What have we done here?"
Trying to right their wrong, the Faases turned to adoption, applying to bring home a daughter from China. Still, they were haunted by the enormity of their decision.
"We had spit in the face of God and the gift He had given us," Mark says.
Read more at Catholic Herald
This is our story, except that I was the one who had my tubes tied. Immediately afterwards I was remorseful. 8 months later I had it reversed and 8 months after that I conceived. God is good. He gave us a beautiful healthy child when I was 40yo. BTW, I had all my children between ages 30 and 40. It is only through His strength. We feel that our quiver is full. I am tired many days, but we trust Him for His plan. Thanks for this article.
Posted by: Debbie | October 16, 2012 6:40 PM