Life has been a bit of a whirlwind since school has started, but here are a few things that have been happening:
* My husband and I are in a bible study with some of our friends, Sacred Marriage, and it is so refreshing to be in a room filled with people who are married and want to be married. 🙂
* Without babysitting 2 little ones, and now being in a routine with school, I have a lot more time to just be with the kids uninterrupted.
* In the craziness of work, higher education, school and kid schedules, date nights are wonderful! 🙂
* I began reading “Undaunted, The Josh McDowell Story” and while it is a difficult read so far, I have high hopes of it being a great book!
* I am looking forward to going to see “Unbroken” after Christmas. If you have not read it yet…read it!!!!
* Minnie Driver may be the best actress ever…I am watching “Return to Zero” as I type and it is incredibly well made. For those of you who don’t know about the movie, it is about a couple whose baby was stillborn. It is based on a true story. I haven’t seen this issue portrayed since ER did an episode on it. They depicted it very well, also. Amazingly, in the ER episode “Midnight” the situation was almost identical to mine…even down to the baby’s name.
* My kids ran their first mud race and it was awesome!!!!
That’s all the updates for now!
Enjoy the weekend!
Our family is unique, just as any in the world. We have a child in Heaven, one adopted from another country, and two born to us biologically. All our God’s…He just gives us the opportunity to be blessed by them. And we are! Despite Joshua leaving too soon, he remains a forever part of our family and is a continual blessing. The smiles and hugs I get from my children here on earth are cherished. As my blog-journey continues, more and more information will be shared about each of my children…none of them came to us easily in our eyes, but the whole time God was working.
We have known many who have lost children at some stage or age. In the past month and a half we have been given news of 3 born still. It certainly strikes deep and hits hard, but we know that part of Joshua’s purpose during his short life was to help others going through similar pain, so we embrace them and their stories. We keep them in heart and prayer. And we remember. We remember Joshua, but we also remember God’s promise to never leave us.
Death, especially of a child (regardless of age), is one of life’s hardest trials, in my humble opinion. God never promised us an easy road, but He does walk all of our rocky roads with us. The days I miss my sweet boy the most I still rejoice, for I know it is selfish of me to wish him with me when he is in The Perfect Place. There are no answers for the pain on this side of Heaven, but we know God is good all the time and His ways are higher than ours.
Each person has trials in this life…they can’t be escaped. But God is unchanging…He and His ways are perfect. We need to cling to Him in trials, maybe most especially in trials we don’t understand.