Two under two – an introduction
Life is changing – always and in every moment. Life can be challenging, life can be painful and life can be so beautiful. And sometimes it is just everything at the same time.
But how is life with two kids under two?
Is it possible to find a good solution for one of those moments when both kids are crying? How do you make enough time to play with your older child? How do you survive Holy Mass with two kids under two? Is there any chance to have just a few minutes to yourself?
If that sounds interesting to you you’re more than welcome to follow our new series “Two under two”. And be assured: There is definitely no way to handle all those challenges without God’s grace!
Finally we’re done! On November 11th we published our first book – in German, however… We’re planning on publishing the English translation in 2016, though. Originally we hoped to be able to publish both the German and the English version at the same time, but God obviously had other plans.
Funny enough on November 11th not only our first book got published – our second child was born just at the same time!
Those of you who speak German please visit our German website to get more information about our book.
Right now we’re at the point where we already have all the texts that we want to have for our book. Isn’t that amazing?
It sure is. We’re very excited.
Does that mean we’re almost done?
That’s a no!
Sometimes we feel now comes that part in our work that is even more demanding. We have to revise every single text, make every single text sound great AND make every single part of every single text of the book really deliver our message. Plus we have to make sure every endnote and every reference is correct.
And no, that’s not all: We also have to make plans concerning layout, publishing, marketing, etc.
Do we sound like we’re complaining?
We hope not, because we’re not. Writing a book is a great experience and an adventure. And loads of fun. It’s exhausting, too, but that’s just part of the process and that’s fine.
Please keep praying for us!
The lessons we have to learn
Sometimes everything comes different than originally anticipated, sometimes the concepts we have just don’t work for our projects. We are facing multiple situations like that right now with our book writing project.
In our last book writing journal we shared our need to spice up our texts because they seem fairly dull to us. However, it turns out that this is just not as easy as we thought. Plus we maybe have to face the fact that our book is going to be a more informative one and maybe less personal than we hoped in the first place.
Writing a book is a great experience and an adventure, but it is also a huge challenge! Sometimes we get so frustrated scared no one will ever read our book. Those are the times when we just need to give our fears to the Lord trusting him to lead us on our way telling us what he wants us to do.
Those are the times when we have to just stop, take a break and remember that we are writing this book for him eager to share his word and his plan for married couples.
How do you write a book about NFP?
So we decided to write a book about NFP – but how can we accomplish that? How do you write a book anyway? And how do you write a book about NFP?
We figured out we had different possibilities, but none of them was what we were really looking for. We considered promoting NFP by demonizing birth control or by winning our readers for Church values. We also saw we could just introduce our readers to different NFP methods or combine all these different ways.
Or we could do something totally different. But what?
All in all we realized that all these approaches could easily lead to an arrogant and pretentious stance that we don’t want to be a part of. So we decided to take a different path and be more personal. We want our book to be a personal testimony of our journey to NFP. At the same time we sure want to share our opinions on Church values, biblical principles, different NFP methods and birth control. And we don’t want our book to be too autobiographic.
Our goal is to encourage our readers and to inspire them with information that is down-to-earth and hands-on. At the same time we hope to motivate our readers to ponder and contemplate Christian views on family, family planning, marriage, life – and sex. And of course NFP.
So be prepared for a personal testimony about NFP AND for encouraging and inspiring information about biblical and Church teachings on various subjects! And of course for more book writing journal articles in the future.