The generosity to my family has been surprising. I’m truly overwhelmed. This past year has been an incredibly and mysteriously awkward one to say the least. Let me explain…

Last year, August 15th to be exact, I began a journey of being gluten-free because of a gluten intolerance. I had begun to feel like normal again. No more pain. No more headaches. No more stomach issues and not being able to sleep at night. Feeling like I could focus on things I hadn’t been able to focus on before.

After some time and much prayer, I began interviewing for a new role at Canyon Ridge, after being in my first role there for 3 1/2 years. At the end of the process, I found out I was expecting another baby. I entered my new role in December 2019 and I was so excited for what was to come in the future. Little did I know, the next few months ahead would be crazy. January 2020, I had the horrible flu…while being pregnant…boo. Then, February happened and things looked promising, so I thought.

March. Hit. Different. I had to work from home. Something I had always dreamed of, but not in this capacity. My role relied heavily on utilizing the machines in the office and most duties were directly impacted because we would not be having services on campus, but still, I was able to work on other tasks that were important to how we would “do” church in the “new normal”. How incredible it was to see so many people come together to pray for our nation as things began to take a turn for the worse, or better, or worse…back and forth.

May. I had a virtual baby shower. I can’t begin to tell you how much God’s people showed up and literally provided every single item on our baby registry! Every single one and more! I couldn’t believe it!

July. As things continued to change, I had felt that something was shifting, but I couldn’t pin point it. And then, I got an answer to prayer…but I didn’t even know it was an answer to prayer until about a month later. I had been laid off, but could be home with my kids full time (the answer to prayer was me being with my children full time). Although this was not how I had hoped it would happen, it did. It was probably one of the saddest things for me because I loved my time being on staff at Canyon Ridge. I still love Canyon Ridge and everything that God has done in my family’s lives during my time on staff and what He continues to do. This was a bittersweet time as a door was closing, but a new one began to open. And then I had my 5th child.

August. Here we are. I’m home with all 5 of my children. Things look and feel different. Things will never be the same for us. But things have also not been the easiest. And then God’s people show up once again, blessing us with more than we could have ever imagined. Literally providing more than enough financially for our children for school and any other items for new baby. With all of the things that have happened over this past year, we should not still be “surviving”! We should not have an over abundance of the generosity that people have extended to us. But I am so GRATEFUL that God sees fit to provide in the ways He has.

Grateful. To be home with my children. To have had the time, space and resources to express my personal thoughts, be creative, and share the things I love with others on a new blog, and more of that in the works. Grateful for this past year and for the generosity of God. Grateful for the reminder to be generous to those around me. To try my best to love like He loves. To extend an encouraging word to those around me. To reach out to those who God puts on my heart. Grateful that God has been reminding me of His goodness all along. Grateful.

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