I can honestly look back on 2013 and say it was a good year. Don’t get me wrong, there were some valleys, but there were so many more high points. I went back to the work world, after 10 years and was blessed to find a job where a majority of my coworkers were Christians. The job was exactly what I was looking for, it allowed me to work hard at my job, but when the day was over, I left it all behind and could be a mom. Both sets of our parents willingly got up early to get Brian to school. Mike was able to change his hours to match mine and we could commute together which allowed for some extra couple time for us. We were able to be home when Brian got off the bus, do homework and have more family time in the evenings.
In February, we were honored and blessed to welcome 2 beautiful girls into our home. Our dream of foster/adoption did not happen in our planned time 3 years ago, but in God’s time. We were so thankful! We couldn’t even imagine the joy and love these two would bring into our home. Brian has turned out to be a terrific big brother, continually asking if they were here forever. The girls are safe and loved, our hearts are overflowing. We have gained an extended family of grandmas, pop-pops, aunts and uncles. Our parents were willing to take care of, now three children, in the mornings. Our church family supported us through prayers, small gifts for the girls, and bags and bags of clothes. The next few months rushed by with all of the added blessings in our lives. Things were going great and it looked as though things were going to be permanent.
The third week in May brought news that rocked our picturesque little family in more ways than one. I was diagnosed with cancer, I would lose my job as a result, and the girls’ biological dad wanted to come back into their lives. The valley was deep. The only way we knew we could get through it, was with God’s strength, our family and church family. The blessings we have received and continue to receive are so numerous I don’t have time to list them all, but I will gladly share a few.
The girls… continue to grow and just be the little girls they were meant to be. They now have a biological parent that wants to spend time with them, whom they have reconnected with and loves them. We are not sure what will happen down the road, but we are cherishing each and every day we have with them.
Our family… continued to watch the
kids for us as we had numerous appointments in
Our church family and friends… I
think happily overwhelmed best explains it.
From the moment you knew, you prayed.
And you still do. Thank you. Countless offers of food, rides, kid-sitters,
shoulders to lean on and it hasn’t ended.
From the moment I got home from my first week of treatment to the week
after my last treatment, I didn’t need to cook one meal. I did here and there, but the fact is, I
didn’t need to. Your generosity didn’t
stop there. Personal contributions and
fundraisers paid our EZ-Pass and gas for our many trips to
God blesses our family daily. He is walking with me in good times and carrying me in trying times. What has brought me to tears the most over the past year is the love that God has for me. He shows me daily, I just need to look for it.