It is hard to find the right words to describe our lives over the last year. In a matter of days we will be celebrating Samuel’s first birthday and Sariah’s fourth birthday – and I think John and I should also toast to the fact that we survived another year without sleeping through the night, we have witnessed our curly haired angel throw tantrums we didn’t know were possible, we have dealt with explosive diapers and potty accidents, we have promised each other we would never leave town with these little people in the car again, we have lost our patience a million times and yet we are SO thankful for Sariah and Samuel.
Yes, the last year has been challenging in so many ways and we often feel like we can hardly make it to the end of the day, but the last year has also been filled with laughter and joy as we watch our children grow and discover new things. The last year has been filled with thankfulness as we explore new trails and many miles with healthy kids. The last year has revealed our strengths and weaknesses in such raw manner. The last year has taken us deeper into the truth that we don’t naturally have what it takes and we have spent hours praying for wisdom as we navigate through new territories of life.
The last year has been a wild roller coaster ride and we know the adventure is not over!
There will probably be more sleeplessness, tantrums, poop clean up, screaming children in the car…but forgetting what is behind and and straining toward what is ahead, we look forward to watching Samuel take his first steps, we look forward to all the new and exciting things Sariah will learn in her first year of preschool, we look forward to more family dance parties, we look forward to cuddling under warm blankets and reading together, we look forward to more of John’s amazing banana/chocolate chip pancake breakfasts, but we mostly look forward to seeing how God will grow us and mature us in the midst of difficulty and beauty.