It’s been ten months since I began my blogging sabbatical, leaving the following message on my blog’s homepage for any of you who visited while I was away.
I’m thankful I took the break.
I needed it more than I realized I would.
Like many of you, I believe in an omniscient, loving God who goes before us, preparing our hearts and lives before we even know there’s a need for it.
And that belief brings me great comfort — but never more than this year — when our family embarked on an entirely new and unexpected faithsizing journey.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we finished the first phase of the lake house renovation the first week of August.
That was the expected part of our journey.
(I’ll post updates later.)
But what I did not share then, and what I can share (with permission) now, is that we significantly pushed up the timing of our renovation when our oldest child Emelie let us know she was pregnant.
That, as you can imagine, was the unexpected part of our journey.
I don’t believe I’ll ever be able to string the right combination of words together to express the overwhelming gratitude I feel toward our loving God who, in His grace, ushered our family through the months to follow.
Nor are there words for the abundant joy of being by Emelie’s side while she labored and delivered her daughter (our first grandbaby), Nora Lennelle Sanders.
Be still my heart.
Emelie was a mighty, beautiful, birthing warrior through those 13 hours.
I wanted to take the hurt away from “my” baby girl as she labored, but then, I would not have experienced the blessing of being awed by her strength, calm, and determination.
I wonder if God felt the same about our family over the last couple of years, cupping us in His hands as we learned to love more deeply, forgive more completely, cling to each other more intensely, and push through personal hurts ever-so-tenderly.
He fashioned us as a family from the beginning, and He made sure we became whole once again.
As you can imagine, we are all in love with Nora, but none more than Emelie… of course.
My heart melts when I hear Emelie sweetly speaking to Nora — and oh, how Nora’s face just beams with love for her Momma. I’m thankful God has provided for our family so that we can offer all the support they need, all day, every day.
Our family has grown up – each in our personal way. And we praise the Lord for it – every bit of it – because “through it all… it is well.”
We are abundantly blessed.
I wanted to share that with you.
We’ve been longing to do it and finally, today is the day.
If you noticed that I’m light on the backstory, that’s intentional; thank you for respecting that boundary. Just know that Emelie and Nora are on a remarkable life journey together with the loving support of family, friends, and now — you. 🙂