Redeeming a tabloid past

I’ve heard of the “Octomom” before but never really knew what her story was. I was never interested in finding out about another “freak show” gracing the front page of the National Enquirer. Any story worth telling in the Enquirer surely isn’t worth our time, right?

This morning over my coffee and Facebook feed I clicked on an intriguing article. It was about Natalie “Octomom” Suleman, who has decided to kill off the persona of the past and embrace a fresh start and a new life.

The short story is this: In 2009 she already was a family counselor and therapist with 6 kids and she longed for a 7th to make her family “complete”. She went through IVF and they implanted 12 embryos assuming most of them would not make it. However, most of them took and instead of 7 children she ended up with 14.

Sometimes we make plans for ourselves and God laughs, right?

The article contains an interview with her, and I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read, despite all the clickbait surrounding it.

Killing off the “Octomom” persona

She hates what she has done and is working hard to create a new name for herself and her family. She doesn’t think her children are mistakes but meant to be here. She is raising the children up in the Lord and setting a positive example for them. They are healthy and thriving.

Thank God for the broken examples in this world, because he uses them to show his power to make all things new.

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