To all our dear friends and family,
Praise be Jesus now and forever!
It is with great joy that we present our newest addition to the Dussault family, Remi Chariton! After a long eventful wait, because there's no other way to describe a ballooning belly chasing 4 others kids over nine months with a couple housing moves, we are finally holding our 6th child! Baby was born this past Thursday in the early morning after peaceful labor and easy (ha... right!) delivery. At least, it offered a chance to participate in redemptive suffering. Many of you reading this will have been personally prayed for during the hours of effort to bring him forth.
On June 16th, at 5:02 am, we welcomed this precious life into the world. With the gender a surprise as usual…we greeted a little BOY weighing 5lbs 1oz, 17 inches long. The name we had picked seemed to fit this little guy just perfect. Our Remi Chariton and is named after St. Remigius or Remi, who had a huge part to play in preaching the gospel to the Franks and lived from 437 to 533. We encourage you to read more of his story here. There is also an incredible Abbey of St. Remi which we'd hope to visit too here. Remi’s middle namesake is for Sharbel’s late brother Chariton (after St. Chariton) who is surely in heaven looking down with a big smile. As many of you may remember, he was handicapped his whole life and presented to all of us who encountered him an opportunity to serve the least amongst us. Chariton's ever joyful presence in our lives taught us so much and he will forever be the saint we were blessed to live with.
Baby Remi joins 3yr old sister Emiliana Jean, 5yr old brother Anselm John, 9yr old brother Simeon Sweede, and 14yr old brother Tabor Sharbel. We also remember our baby Joseph Peace whom we lost 2 hrs after birth in April 2015.
Remi is wonderful and healthy, a great nurser and sleeper so far...truly a "little brother." We are a super in love with ever single inch of his preciousness! It such a joy to present him to you and we hope that you will be a source of enrichment for him in this life through your friendship and prayers.
As we rejoice in the Lord for our ever growing family and the gift of new life, we are reminded of the culture of death that surrounds us in the present age. Almost everywhere you encounter the strong secular culture that is quickly eroding the family, the movement against traditional family and the eroding of any moral compass. The family is under severe pressure and is buckling under the weight. We encourage all of you to join us as we pray for families, for a return to Catholic Christian values and for the restoration of the family, the foundation of a healthy society. When the family is attacked and chooses to live outside its God given design, then the world will reap the consequences that we are seeing unfold before our very eyes.
May you and yours be close and much blessed now and always,
Rebecca Dussault and family
I'm totally convinced!
It's not hard at all to convince myself of my blessings! Every turn in the road and moment in the day gives me the opportunity to choose gratitude. I am especially convinced of the power of my nuclear family to represent something to the world which the world is throwing away as if the family were expendable.
It's adventurous to have a family. It's really adventurous to have a large family! Not many are willing this day in age to put down their more selfish desires for pleasure, power, entertainment and prestige aside to live for others. It can be seen in any number of arenas, the workplace, the churches, the places of recreation, organizations and even our families.
Read between the lies. No I didn't forget the "n!" The "world" says it's been over populated, while in fact, it's just over concentrated. The "world" says man is the problem, while in fact, man without God is a problem. The "world" says that kids cost too much, when in fact, they only take everything you've got, but wait, don't we still laud people who lay down their lives for others as being heroic? That's family!
It's my opinion that the high road through life is populated by too few. Too few are finding their purpose, hitting their stride, reaching their potential and really living in the present in peace. FAR TOO FEW! If I am one who aspires to raise up happy, healthy, holy, well adjusted children, have I set my sights too low? If I write "homemaker" in that big bad blank space on every application have I sold myself short? I don't think so! I have arguably one of the hardest jobs in the world and the cost of completing it successfully is priceless- raising the next generation who can lead, create, direct, serve, think, function, sustain and love is no small task! I have to have my hand to that plow at every moment. I am blessed. I need God! I depend on His wisdom, power and grace, not supplied by myself, to achieve even the smallest of victories daily.
I hope you can be victorious today! I hope you live by wisdom incarnate (God!) and not the world.
As a family, WE ARE a stronghold, a place of beauty, collaborators, a web of reliance, the school of love, a way of life, community and gift. None of us are these independent of each other. Our network grows stronger with each new person, each living soul. What a joy to see the increase and fruitfulness! We will be growing to seven with one in heaven any day now. Pray for us as we do for you!
In His grip,
When you're forced to wait...
I am not a very patient person sometimes. I'm just not! My least patient time of life is towards the end of a pregnancy where I just want to be back to my formerly strong and capable self with my precious bundle on the outside. This isn't to say that I'm not those things while pregnant, but I certainly have to succumb to inactivity to keep my babies growing inside of me. As a grand-multip (look it up!) I have a little increase in concern while carrying a child. Did I mention that I have small and early babies too! Ahhh!
My dear sweet husband already missed one of my early births and we're really trying to not have a repeat. He is however currently broken down on the road between Boulder and home. The irony is that he was driving home from Boulder when our Anselm was born at 35 weeks! He met him an hour later...
I am in my 35th week now and I can guarantee the wait is painful...almost literally!
I want to meet this little person!
I want to move my body freely without compromising another!
I want to open the new chapter of my motherly love with my baby in my arms.
We all get called up with our chance to wait something out, maybe an injury, a deployment, a needed change, an unwanted circumstance or an illness. I can only conclude that a really thorough examination and analysis will lead you to a healthy place of waiting.
5 tips to help when you're forced to wait:
1. Get real with the wait within your bigger picture. Find it's worth.
2. Chunk it down to all the small positives you can and eek out meaning.
3. Lean on the experience and advice of others to gain confidence.
4. Know the reasons not waiting would bring an adverse result.
5. Take a deep breath because time never stops and this too shall pass.
I've got this! A couple more short days or weeks and I'll have the pleasure, God willing, of introducing you to the new love of my life!