“How many children do you have?”

By Tali Amir, Israel

A little over a year ago I wouldn't have thought twice about this question. However in August 2017, my life changed in a blink of an eye and this 'simple' question suddenly became a source of great hurt, struggle, sadness and anxiety - What do I say? What do I not say? What will people think? What will people feel? Do I open up about my story to a stranger who asks? Do I answer one because that's what they can physically see, but that would be a lie...

Over time and through trial and error I have learnt to find the strength to answer exactly how it is. I am a proud mother of two, a gorgeous 3 year old, Tahel, and a beautiful nearly 2 year old angel, Nitzan, who guides and watches over me, Itai and Tahel every single day from above. 

While I realize that sometimes my answer may make the person who asks a little uncomfortable for a moment, this is my answer, what I was dealt in life and I shouldn't feel afraid to talk about about it. My Nitzani is and always will be my 2nd daughter, and she will always be apart of our family. 

Every baby is a miracle and a blessing.