I needed to take a break to walk the new road that the LORD was calling me and my family too.
And then to top it off, like icing on a cake that you are too full to eat, we adopted a dog. Why? Because that’s what it looks like when you are fighting for the heart of a grieving child. Did I want one? NOT.AT.ALL! But to see your adopted son curling up to your adopted dog and saying, “Ginger, I’ll love you forever because you and me, we are both adopted. You are going to love it here because it’s the best family ever. I’m going to play with you and feed you and tell you about Jesus so we can be together forever!” was worth every muddy paw and chewed up pillow we’ve had in the last 6 months.
All of this going on while I was still healing from a surgery I’m not convinced I needed, and health concerns I still didn’t have answers to.
I’m not going to lie. Some days were very difficult. This was all unchartered territory for me. And keeping up with 3 at a school while trying to figure out how to home school one with some learning difficulties was…AHEM…difficult to say the least.
But you know the verse about the LORD’s strength made perfect in your weakness? Well yeah, that’s how I survived – every moment of every day. And when I finally relinquinshed and gave it ALL over to the LORD, my days got easier, my joy lingered and my hope returned. I am treasuring those moments of laughter and celebrating the victories. Why? Because there is ALWAYS "rejoicing in the morning."
Here are a few moments that are worthy of celebrating:
On March 18th, we celebrated our Gotcha day!! I found a Caribbean restaurant downtown so we got all fancied up and had an amazing dinner that Isaiah LOVED! Ruth just wanted chicken from Chick-Fil-A. J
Our precious baby girl, whose name should be Joy, turned 7 in May. And she got a full, invite-the-class, kind of birthday party. I have never let the kids invite more than 5-10 kids, but Ruth’s face just lit up at the mention of all her “best friends” in her Kinder class playing with her at her party. Obviously I couldn’t say “No.” J But I couldn't say "Yes" to 25 kids either, so we compromised - she could invite all the girls in her class. She insisted on a swim party!
|Ruth with two of her favorite friends from school.|
And then May came and our summer league swim season started. For the next 2 months, I loved on and coached 182 swimmers, including all my 4!! This was an amazing season and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every swimmer. And once again, I’m left with tan lines that someone my age shouldn’t be sporting. J Isaiah finished the season with the Most Improved award in his age group. YEAH!!
|Me and the other coaches, after winning the coaches relay. :)|
"But I will sing of your strength,
you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely." Psalm 59:16-17