I have shared less and less here about our life as a family over the last year.
I love to write and want to write what He prompts me to share.
I enjoy writing about the children and whatever life lessons I have discovered as a mother and wife too.
But this last year has been-for the lack of better words....
Ayouhavegottobekiddingme- type of year.
I know that many of you may be sitting there with your hand up saying this- Oh yes, me too.
I hear you.
We knew that a lot of this was warfare because of The Pearl Event. Because we had decided as a family to say "yes" to Him. Whatever that was. Whatever that looked like. There is a price to pay for that. It doesn't come without a cost.
Still. It didn't make it any easier.
We all have seasons in life that threaten to overtake us.
God is still good. He still has a purpose and a plan. And He promises us that He will use everything in our life for our good and His glory.
I believe that. I believe Him. I do.
I have wanted to write about it ...
Writing is healing for me. Writing breathes life to my soul. But I chose not to share while I was walking through it all. Many, many times I just did not even know how to put words around it.
But I haven't overcome it all. We are still walking through so much right now.
So I have posted less and less here because of that.
In saying all of that I will share this- we have been grieving as a family, as a couple and as individuals.
Layers upon layers of grief and sorrow.
I have learned that grief isn't just something that comes with the tragic loss of a child or a spouse or a loved one.
Grief is the result of any loss.
And the last three years for our family have been marked by loss.
With the exception of our priceless gift in baby Preston.....thank you God for our precious son.
We have done our best to manage loss and grief and sorrow by the truckloads and hold babies and love babies and do our best to be the parents they need in the midst of it all. Many days we have failed miserably and failed in a lot of areas.
Many days have been spent with hands covering our faces and fighting back tears and searching out God's word for answers and wisdom or just spent weeping over the the sorrow of it all.
Many days over the last year especially, have been spent just trying to figure out what to do next. How to manage. How to get through. How to help the children. How to love them the best through all of this. How to move forward. On and on and on.
It has unraveled us.
We have tried to cling to one another and to the Father the best that we know how.
We cannot compare pain or loss. It all hurts just the same.
And you do your best to believe God, trust and move forward without trying to minimize or dismiss anything- but just to try and process it and grieve and ask for His guidance.
I have struggled a lot over the last year because of the testimony I already have. I have felt to add anything else- just seemed like too much for one person or one family...
But His ways are not our ways....
At church on Sunday, our incredible Pastor asked those to stand who have been walking through and carrying overwhelming burdens.
He began to pray and make declarations over all of the families standing- there were many.
He fought for each one of us like a Father would war for his own children-
He fought for each one of us through prayer.
We were grateful.
We were thankful.
We stood for a long time during the service and prayed that this would mark the end of this difficult season for our family.
We would be grateful for your prayers too....
Please pray for breakthrough for our family. Please pray for courage and strength and provision. Please pray that we would be able to move forward into all that He is asking of us - even in the midst of so much that we do not understand. Please pray that we would have joy and peace while we are waiting for the breakthrough. We have moments of this- but I am praying for a constant stream and that we would be unmoved by circumstances.
We would also be grateful for your prayers for our sweet Bella Grace.
She has experienced a decrease in her vision over the last several years and just recently we were told that her vision has decreased by another 70 percent just in the last year.
She is in contacts now and we will be putting her in a hard contact lens to wear at night in hopes of stabilizing her vision.
God is good. We are trusting Him on a new level. We are grateful for each day with our children. We are grateful for it all and we thank you for your beautiful prayers sweet friends...