There are two main reasons I’m writing this series, which is so very personal and tender to my heart: 1. For me: I’m doing this for posterity’s sake more than anything, so bear with me. 2. For you: I want to share our story with others.
Thanksgiving 2009: dream – let’s have kids!
2010: a great but hard year
2011: Grant and Lucy move to London
Autumn 2011: Lucy suffers appendicitis, a botched appendectomy, and MRSA staff infection
2012: a year of travel and healing; return to America
2013: tough news from ACRM: IVF is our only option; appendectomy continues to haunt our efforts
2014: So where does all that leave us? (previous posts, 4.5 years of “trying”, and 6 years of marriage)
We are joyful.
I was talking to a best friend the other day – nothing about fertility or anything really, just life in general – and I made the statement:
“Life is good. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.”
And I meant it.
We are in a sweet sweet season, Grant and me. We cook. We travel. We drink deeply of this life He’s given us – and what a beautiful life it is “from the brim to the dregs”. We have long, quiet afternoons together reading. We sleep in. We have fun-filled time in the sun at the lake – and worry not about diapers or bottles, nap times or kid-food. We have spontaneity that fills our days and nights as we pick up, take off, go in late, come home early. We go to rodeos, concerts, baseball games, dirt-tract races, trivia nights, dinners, coffees, brunches with friends – uninterrupted. We take our time at each meal. Evenings are filled with life chats, deep discussion, witty banter, lots of laughter, and dialogue about future hopes and dreams.
Life is good. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.
This whole deal has been – and continues to be – such a journey.Even writing about ithas been a journey. I am so thankful for the friends and family who’ve come alongside, listened, cried, prayed, comforted, loved, laughed, encouraged, and listened some more.
The body of Christ is a beautiful thing.
For now, Grant and I are simply enjoying all of it – all the life, blessings, friendships, family – that we have right now. God is so good. When I think of all that He does for us, and has done for us, and continues to do on our behalf, it makes my heart full and my eyes brim.
My cup runneth over.
And when He blesses us with children: great! What an added bonus on top of the blessings our life is already filled with.
Until then, I think we’ll just continue to be grateful.