This past week has been filled with yet more challenges. Some of it is too much to share because its not fully my story to tell. I will come back to it though because I do believe that there is comfort in the prayers of others and also in knowing you aren't alone in trials. For now though, I'm thinking back. Because even in the midst of the challenges, we have also had many sweet moments. I'm exceedingly grateful for those!
The river was something Christopher mentioned as I discussed our summer plans. One of my friends has a summer "bucket list" of fun things that her children wanted to do. I really liked that idea and wanted to do that with my family. We started making our list. Since our days with Christopher are few, I wanted to hit one on his list first.
We headed out on a beautiful day with our family and two of Christopher's friends from State. What fun to have them join our family. I've really enjoyed getting to know his friends. I love how easy it has been to add them in with our family. He has great friends. I'm so very thankful for the blessing of friendship and love seeing him developing wonderful ones.
Even though it was a holiday, it wasn't too crowded and the weather was just perfect. (It was Memorial Day and not the 4th in case anyone is wondering.)
As we walk through life, there is much that is out of our control. Yet we still go forward along the path that is ours.
Sometimes the path leads us to beautiful peaceful places.
Sometimes we just can't see what is ahead. I'm glad for that though. I know God gives us grace and strength to handle challenges as we walk through them - not before we walk through them, but in the midst of it. It doesn't mean that this makes the challenges easy - not at all! It means though that we aren't alone. We have hope.
Splashing in the water.
Things change. And even sometimes when I wish I could go backward to an easier time and an easier pace, I have to stop. And remind myself to be thankful for today. God has blessed me today with so many gifts and I want to enjoy them fully. Today.
I'm thankful for so many things - family, friends, freedom and much more. My heart is full. I hope yours is too!