The first time I met Normi I thought she was just someone who knew someone I knew. She was at Ibu Robin’s forum the last time she was in Manila and didn’t think I’d see her again.
But come May 2015, I see her at the Thank God It’s Mom’s Day gathering of Pursuit Manila. In an albeit short conversation, I felt like our hearts were being knitted by The One Above. We are ordained to be friends, this is what I am sure of, for reasons I cannot tell everyone yet as of now.
Much has been said about how your message yesterday touched all of our mommy hearts @ricaperalejo.ph. God has given you an immense platform to speak forth of His name. And when I begin to think about how we are all being used as influencers by The Great ‘I AM’, in spite of our shortcomings, to advance His message–be it in our families or to the world–all the more I am humbled and forever grateful for the grace He gives us to live out our purposes. Thank you for the wonderful reminder. May we all do our ‘mission’ to the glory of God. #pursuitcommunity #pursuitmanila #pursuitmanilamoms #whenGodmakesdivineconnections
Soon enough after that second meeting our hearts were burning with a shared passion for natural birth that we just had to meet in my house! There she told me her full account of her birth story and I almost shed a tear to hear someone so deep into this as I am and attributes nobody else but the Lord Jesus for it!
I don’t want to write spoilers but I promise you, if you are looking for encouragement and inspiration regarding natural birth, this is the woman to talk to, listen to. For not only did she give birth at home, in water, without medication and even assistance (her midwife Deborah didn’t get there on time because …err…just ready the story yourself hahaha!), and also chose to not cut the cord until it naturally fell off after a few days! (Lotus Birth, that is what one practice of delayed cord clamping is called, and she also blogged about that!) So without further ado, here is Normi’s birth story featuring the birth of her second son, Amos: My Second Birth Story: Amos.