Some sad news...
This darling, lovely girl whose blog I've grown to love... her mother passed away a week ago Sunday. She wrote a beautiful tribute to her here. I suggest you go read it and be inspired.
Another woman whom I've never met, but stumbled across through another blog... her husband was tragically killed in a car accident a few days ago. They have two young boys. You can see her blog here.
Note: Another blogger I follow is doing a little fundraiser for this family on her Etsy site. Find out about that here.
Finally, another girl I have never met but have been following her pregnancy journey on her blog... she has been trying to get pregnant for nearly four years. She got pregnant once and had a miscarriage. They just went through one round of IVF and it failed. She is struggling right now and, once again, I can sort of relate. You can read her blog here. She is doing so great at keeping the right perspective and attitude, but I'm sure it's hard. They are in my thoughts and prayers.
Now, the happy news!!
An old childhood friend I'm still friends with through Facebook just brought home her new baby boy, Jadon, yesterday! They went through a private adoption agency becuase she has never been able to get pregnant. They also went through one failed adoption before this one (where the mother decided to keep the baby at the last minute - can you imagine?!?). I have a special happiness for her, because I can relate to how over-the-moon she must be feeling taking this little one home after so many years waiting for him. I don't have a link or anything, but this was her Facebook status earlier today:
"Thank you Lord for our precious gift of Jadon. We got home with him yesterday afternoon and have been introducing him to friends and family ever since. He is doing so well, just taking in his surroundings! He slept a few hours stretch together last night which was a blessing. I wish I could post pictures of him, but the agency doesn't allow putting pictures online. I will be mailing out postcards, though! Thank you again so much, everyone, for loving us and loving Jadon!"In other news, this blog friend of mine Katie is about to pop out her baby! She and I talked early on via email about their struggle to get pregnant, and she had some of the same issues as I did. Then she suddenly got PREGNANT and is currently at 38 weeks! I'm so happy for her!
I'm putting this in the "happy" section even though some may not consider it so... my bestest friend Jen found out today that she didn't get a promotion she had been working at for two months. Yes, that is sad. But I'm so happy for her, because a closed door means another open door somewhere else. There obviously is something else planned for her near future. Plus, now that she's gone through this process, she will be even more prepared next time around for this promotion!! :) I love you Jen, and while you deserve all GOOD things, I hope you remain open to the BEST things yet to come (and yes, I'm preaching to myself).
Finally, I'm so grateful that my sister and my nephew JJ are ok! My sister wrote on Facebook this morning that she was almost hit head-on by a vehicle driving in the wrong lane, but swerved at the last minute and thankfully everything turned out ok. It's one of those things that make you think about the "what if" of what could have happened, and then remember God is in control and breathe a little prayer of thanks for His protection. This is what my nephew (4 yrs old) had to say about it (obviously it's an exaggeration, but it cracks me up!!):
Ahhh, I'm so grateful that God is in control of the sad things and the happy things. Life is good, because God is good! I am grateful for that.
"JJ wanted to call James [his dad] afterwards, and made up this huge story about how we were being chased by bad guys, "and him rolled down him window, and him pulled out him gun and him shot at me and mama had to drive lightning truck really fast and change to the other side of the road and I was not scared."