Hi, I’m Teresa Pollard. I’ve had so many inspirational moments in my life, it was hard to choose which ones to write about here. But I guess I’d have to say my favorites were when my three children were born.
Kristina, my oldest, came three weeks early, and I spent most of the night before she was born cleaning out cabinets. This was after walking an 18-hole golf course. About 5:30 a.m. I decided I must be in labor, but I didn’t want to wake my husband up so early, so I kept cleaning. About 8:30 I finally woke him and we headed to the hospital. Kristina was born about 6:30 p.m. I guess you can tell it was an exhausting day. But it was so worth it. Thanks to Lamaze training, Wade and I watched our beautiful daughter born. Wade said, “Honey, she looks just like me. She’s got my eyes, and my nose, and my ears, and even my fingers and toes.” I asked him how I could have carried her for nine months, and she didn’t have anything of mine. He said, “Well, she’s a girl, isn’t she?” I laughed and said, “Yeah, and you’ve had enough biology to know you did that too.”
When my son Kevin was born, he was fourteen days late by the doctor’s reckoning, but according to the hospital nurse, I’d actually gone into labor five weeks before that. The doctor said it was Braxton Hicks, but I always thought those were supposed to go away. These never did. Finally the doctor agreed to start the labor, but he warned me “You know this baby isn’t ready to be born yet, so this is going to be a long hard labor.” I wanted to scream at him, “I don’t care. Just get this baby out of here.” He broke the water, and left to go back to his office. The nurses immediately called his office to get back to the hospital ASAP. He arrived back just in time to catch Kevin. My nine pound four ounce fella who was “too small to induce labor” again was a Xerox of his dad.
When I was pregnant with Kevin, Wade wanted me to have a tubal ligation after he was born, and at that time, I was willing to go along with that, so I asked the nurse about it. She called the insurance company, and told them “Mrs. Pollard would like to inquire about voluntary sterilization.” Something about the way she said those words made my blood run cold. All I could think about was the novel 1984. The whole way home from God was speaking to me. “You cannot do this thing. I’m not finished with you yet. You’re going to have a third child, and I have a special plan for her.” (Remember, Kevin wasn’t even born yet!)
Two years later, Kara arrived. And she was beautiful, just like her sister and brother. But she was so much smaller, and guess what, she looked more like me! Not that she didn’t also resemble her dad. His genes were definitely still dominant, but she did have my nose and mouth. I didn’t know then that Kara would die only twenty-seven years later, and even if I had, it would have still been one the three greatest days of my life.
To see a new life come into this world, born of your love, born of your flesh, is one of the most amazing gifts God gives to any woman.
by Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen
About the Author:
Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years. Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. Her website is TeresaPollardWrites.com
About the Book:
by Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen
Not Guilty is the story of Carrie Shepherd, daughter of the minister of Windspree Community Church, who was brutally raped by a masked intruder as she was walking along the path to her home. She was so traumatized by the attack, she told no one, not even her parents or her fiancé, and certainly not the police. After all, she says, “What would I tell them? I was raped by a giant in a ski mask?” Now she’s pregnant. Refusing an abortion, although they became legal the year before, she finally tells her parents, who in turn convince her fiancé, Joe Wright, a young seminary student, to come home and find out the truth from her. She tells him and finds to her astonishment that he still loves her, wants to marry her, and help to raise the child. So they move up their wedding date. Gossip and rumors begin to spread.
As the rumors grow, and Carrie and Joe go through some counseling sessions, they begin to share the truth with their friends and anyone else willing to hear it, but a few of the ladies of the church write a harshly worded letter to the mission board, and their appointment as missionaries to Africa seems to be in extreme jeopardy.
The novel is written in the form of a mystery, and the rapist is revealed at the end. However, the theme of the book is that the church is one body, and that what hurts one member of the body affects all the members of the body. And conversely, working together to heal one member (or one non-member) can aid in healing the entire congregation. Instead of spreading gossip and rumors, we are to be about the business of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the world.
Study questions are included.