Monday, July 1, 2013

He will restore the years....

"I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten..." 
Joel 2:25 

This has always been one of my favorite verses. To me, it meant, no matter the strife we face, the hardships we endure, the trials we undergo, they would someday be worth it. We would be rewarded. We would be restored.

This quickly became one of my least favorite verses after last summer. 

What had happened was unimaginable and the aftermath that followed was nothing short of complete devastation.  I didn't want to go through what I was going through. I didn't want Haleigh Raye or my family to suffer through this unthinkable loss. I remember vividly crying out, "please God don't ask this of me, don't ask this of my family." To this day, I can remember calling my dad from the ER trying to tell him to come to the hospital and I have imagined him a hundred times just setting there enjoying his July 4 and then my call came....

After a few months my mind kept coming back to this verse and I couldn't even fathom how, what had been taken from us, Noah, could be restored. There would never be a replacement for him. There would never be a restoration that could take place. 

Reflecting over this past year I feel I have come full circle on so many details about life and have so much to be grateful for. 

I have learned what true friendship means. The friends I have gained during this both near and far, the relationships that have been strengthened, the encouragement I have received. They renew me. 

Slowly and daily I feel more confident in myself. In my ability to "make it" especially when there were those days I just want to "end it." My life. I have made it my own and accepted what it is and what it will be and still have hopes to what it can be. I have reclaimed it. 

My love for Haleigh Raye. Seeing her each day, knowing that she has a full life ahead of her, she needs me, she loves me and I love her and how if I can't be strong for any other reason, I need to be strong for her. I owe it to her. Having her revives me.

His grace. It saves and redeems me. Simple as that. 

And His promise of eternity. what will restore the years. 


  1. Always in awe of your strength. You are a remarkable woman with a remarkable love for your children that I can identify with. My children are my reason for every breath that I take. Hang in there this week. I can't even imagine the pain. Thinking of you and your family during this time. I will squeeze my babies extra tight and give them a few extra kisses in honor of your Noah.

    1. Heather, thank you so much for reading my blog and encouraging us. I appreciate it more than you could know. Thank you for honoring Noah in this way and I couldn't think of anything better. Much love to you!

  2. To Nate, Noah, Alexandra, and Brayden:

    May the longtime sunshine shine upon you! We cherish the light that you shine down upon us each and every day! The four of you have extraordinarily brightened the lives and touched the hearts of countless people who never met you! You will be forever in our hearts!

    Our prayers have been with the families and especially the siblings every single day this past year. We again have been thinking of you throughout this week and our thoughts will be with you tomorrow and the year ahead.

    1. Thank you, Jeff, for sharing with me and reading my blog. Thank you for the prayers from day one. They are so coveted and appreciated.