Today I’m thankful for the place that I am in life. We’re not spring chickens any more … and that’s okay. I don’t miss being “young” – I don’t even miss the thrill of newlywed-ness or having that first baby. Those were precious memories, but I am now glad I’ve learned my lessons and grown up a lot. I wouldn’t want to go back down the path that got us here to this moment.
I’m glad we’ve gone through some of the touchy times – the first newlywed adjustments, the doubts of what to do with a brand new baby, the anxiety about sending a child off to school (or their education in general), careers and changes of careers. There was a lot of wonder and excitement to those days … but now, we’re kind of settling in. And with my new job, we’re re-settling in. This is our life for the next few years, unless God shakes us up dramatically one more time.
The kids are getting more self-sufficient. Tonight Drew was able to run some errands and take care the girls to the library for us. Annie-Belle is starting to get a little more responsible. My baby girl is almost 5 years old and while she’ll crawl into my lap for a cuddle occasionally, she is able to do so many things for herself now!
Our marriage is – by the grace of God – in a pretty stable place. We’ve survived some pretty major life changes in the last few years – and we survived them TOGETHER. There were days of tension and anxiety, but they weren’t directed at each other but instead at our mutual problems and situation. We’re a team. We came through this time as one!
Maybe we’re a littler wiser now … or at least I hope so. In any case, we’ve sure gained a lot of EXPERIENCE which has filled us with much hope … the biblical kind:
… but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.