But... there was more loss in 2010 than all the years of our marriage combined. Lots of sad stories but that's not really what I'm talking about....
After a year like 2010, Jimmy and I decided we were coining 2011 before it even started.... 2011 is the year of Restoration, Redemption, Endurance, and other synonyms of the like. The restoration has begun. Jimmy and I are very hopeful for the future. But, in the mean time, we are still fighting. "Fighting" is too strong...We are not unhappy. Our spirits are generally high. We just get bad news here, bad news there... It's just another chance for God to show up and redeem the situation. Just another chance for God to get the GLORY for something that we or our friends/family could never endure without the power of the Holy Spirit. When we coined 2011 as the year of restoration, I didn't realize that we would have to endure the struggles. I just naively thought our victories would be quick and painless. What was I thinking? What good would that do? I certainly wouldn't appreciate the little things. Only giving God the glory for 1 deep breath and not the little shallow ones that sustain us as well.
So, our year of restoration has begun. God is changing us and showing us everyday how to love each other better, love our families better, spread the Gospel more effectively, and so many other things that all the blogs in the world could not contain.
Big events on the docket for 2011:
- We are heading back to Haiti March 6th. I am so happy to get to see our wonderful friends and Haitian family.
- Hopefully, a vacation! a cruise! please! now! or summer...
- Coming along side Rising Above Ministries!! Yeah!! Who knows what this looks like?? Maybe Jeff Davidson will have an idea???
- Continuing paperwork for our adoption. Yeah.... we're in the early early beginning stages of adoption. We are filling out paperwork. We hope to start classes for this in May. More details as we get them.
Wondering what I'm reading... Matthew, Mark, and Francis. The two gospels and Forgotten God by Francis Chan (chapter 7 more precisely).