Life is such a rollercoaster, isn't it? It's been a long, scary, and discouraging week and a half as I digressed so far that I couldn't walk at all. I had shifted way out of alignment so the bones got all inflamed again. A lot of rest, medicine, and prayers, and today I'm doing much better. I'm so grateful. We still have a very long road ahead before we know if I'll ever recover all the way. We'll continue consulting with specialists and surgeons to get as much information as possible, but a lot of it is just going to be a patience game. But for now, I'm strong enough to care for my kids, and that's all that really matters :) I just want to thank everyone for the love and encouragement... I'm so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family!
A friend of mine shared with me something she had read about trials in life. It said that if a group of people stood in a circle and put their hardships in the middle, and could then draw out from the pile, everyone would end up choosing their own. I realized the truth of that as I pondered on it. I have to believe that God has tailored our individual experiences in this life for each of us, based on what we can handle, what we need to learn, and what we're meant to contribute to the world. My heart is heavy for many people I know who are suffering greatly at this time. As I've prayed for them to be comforted, and also prayed for the strength to face my own trials, I've received a strong, yet simple, impression: Be Brave. Maybe one of the biggest challenges of life is to look for the sunshine when the clouds are heavy. But we must remember that the sunshine is there. And it can't be fully appreciated without the contrast from the storm.
I'm so grateful every day for my husband and little boys. They are my biggest rays of sunshine! So even when life takes its giant twists and turns, going up and down faster than my emotions can keep up, they are there. And God is there. He has given me a way to enjoy the ride.