Ten years ago we lived in Haiti and our friends there would ask when we would have children. At that point, we were in our second year of marriage and hope was still bright, despite the doctor’s comments, so we’d shrug and tell them, “Whenever God wills it.”For years after we came home, those same friends would call and chat. One of their first questions was always whether our children had … [Read more...] about Embracing the Thread of Redemption in Your Story
I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting to end my series on navigating infertility with, but I promise you it wasn’t this post.The series, which started with my story of surrender (Infertility Doesn’t Define Me) and then went through posts on faith, marriage, relationships, and our hearts, was written last year and has been shared over the past six weeks. The only piece of the series … [Read more...] about With or Without: A Love Story to the God Who is Always Good
I’m going to be honest with you, when I was walking through the hardest parts of my journey there were very few books that were helpful. It might be partly my personality, but well put together words didn’t mean much to me when nothing in my life was put together at all. I still read books though, because that’s what I do. And surprisingly enough, I have found some books through the years that … [Read more...] about 5 Books for Your Hardest Season
I've been asking God the same question for almost a dozen years.Am I ever going to have a baby?Every time I ask, I'm hoping He'll change His answer. I'm not necessarily demanding a "yes", I'm just hoping for a definitive response. Yes or no is fine. Anything except the "wait and see" that I've been carrying all this time.Isn't this the hardest answer from the Lord?Wait.Just … [Read more...] about How to Survive when God says, “Wait.”
I guess we could blame it on the radishes.After all, I was out in the garden weeding them when the thought hit me. I could go for a walk.I understand if that sounds a bit elementary to you, but let's look at the full picture: for almost a year I was basically a prisoner in my own home.Yes, that's an extreme way of putting it, but if you talk to anyone who has dealt with exorbitant … [Read more...] about Your Story Isn’t Over Yet
Fifteen years ago I became an aunt for the first time.There aren't even words for how excited I was when I arrived home from college for Christmas break and swept that tiny month-old bundle of nephew into my arms.I basically only let him go long enough for his mama to nurse him, and then commandeered him the rest of the time. For the entire two weeks I was home.And no, I'm pretty sure … [Read more...] about When You’re 99.8% Okay.