I cannot remember another time in my life when I was this uncomfortable in my own skin. Yet, I booked a photoshoot which was not the best idea I've ever had.
The theme of adoption is weaved throughout scripture, starting with God's adoption of the Israelites, through to the adoption of Jesus by his earthly father - Joseph, and ending in the assurance of our adoption as heirs of the Father, through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
I made a decision that this year would be the year of healing. By the grace of God, I have been examining the true story of who I am and where I belong in His Story which is healing me from the inside out.
Even though we live in the information age where we have all the facts are at our fingertips, truth has never been more disputed. Celebrities excuse any decision with the lie that they are only living their truth, and the rest of us must accept this or be labelled intolerant.
We are constantly finding ourselves in the middle of a process, or a race, whether it is in our pursuit of health, wealth or happiness. Endurance is needed in all aspects life to thrive through the middle of every stage, especially in our battle of faith.
This world is an ugly unfair place, filled with evil and injustice. Bad things happen to good people and bad people get everything they want. We learn repeatedly that there will never be a “happily ever after” this side of God’s kingdom, but when our hearts are broken again we are left feeling hopeless.
During the last year, our heavenly Father has taken us on a journey to new possibilities, revealing his will for the future of our family. This is our story of how we came to decide to become adoptive parents.
My mom is the best mother in the world. She has taught me many lessons in my life and her unwavering support has carried me throughout my life. My mom has also inspired me to want to be a mother myself. This longing still lives in my heart and this is why Mother's day is a complicated celebration for me.
We have been battling infertility for about five years now. I have never shared our full story with anyone outside a close-knit circle. After the positive feedback and love I received on social media, I decided to finally share our full story on the blog.
The story of Hannah teaches us how to pray and the change that fervent prayer should bring about in our hearts. Hannah is an example for us of how to remain faithful in the wait.