Wow! It's been a while and I feel like we haven't stopped around here. Haven't we all have had those seasons where life is a whirlwind and it takes every bit of energy just to make it through the day? For our little family, the last 3 months have been just that, a storm of uncertainty and anxiety, tests and blessings, then moments of holding our breaths to running with all we had. But, today it is peaceful, today I rest and I am thankful.
I really believe that one of the greatest blessings that come out of trials is a greater appreciation of the times of peace. They are more palpable. Even when all is not right with the world, when we notice those precious times of stillness, we can feel that the Lord is in control, that He has always been in control. I am so extremely thankful for that promise. He is always in control. His will is perfect even when I don't understand it. I love that! As much as I fight to be in the drivers seat, to understand each piece of the puzzle, in the end I can rest on a promise by God Almighty that nothing happens without His hand on it, nothing. That's a promise, no exceptions. For me, that promise is a reminder that no matter what I am walking through, the Lord's hand is on me and that peace will come. During the last months, I have been desperate to hold fast to that truth and to the promise that The Lord promises good to me. The latter is easy.
I never have to look far to see all of the inordinate blessings that He has showered on me. Right now, our family is enjoying incredible joy with the birth of our sixth child, Rebecca Katherine. Born March 10, into her daddy's hands, Kate excited the entire family just by being a girl. We are extremely thankful for all of your prayers during the pregnancy, labor(s) and birth, for the baby gifts, the meals provided and the words of encouragement. We so appreciate all of your love.
Life is seemingly getting into a routine for the new normal. We are back to just our little nuclear family, no one is in or going into the hospital, Richard is loving his new restaurant and school is winding down.
For now, all is peaceful.
And I am thankful.