Last year on this day...
I turned 26, still nestled safely within the "mid-twenties" range.
27? that's late twenties no matter how you slice it ;)
I ate at my absolute favorite restaurant, The Village Grill. It's kind of a birthday tradition I started for myself.
I was still carrying Ellis, though not many knew. I went to the hospital on my birthday to have blood drawn. The nurse who did it cried when she saw what the day was for me. I was too numb to care. Three days later, I had the D&C and started the real grieving process.
The day before my birthday I was also at the hospital, this time to see my sweet friend Jenn's new baby girl.
The day after my birthday I celebrated my littlest nephew's first birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAYCE!!!)
Last year on my birthday I was the angriest I've ever been at God. I ashamed to say that I have been angry at the one who holds me in the palm of his hand, but I was nonetheless.
What the Lord can do in a year. The forgiveness of my sins, the cleansing of my spirit, the renewal of my faith time and time again. An unforgettable trip to Costa Rica. A peace about growing our family in whatever way he chose for us. A church that stood by us. Friends and family that loved us at our ugliest. A marriage that stood the test of loss, and came out stronger.
And of course, as I sit here typing with my gargantuan sized belly, the sweet blessing of a little girl soon to make her self known to this world.
"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten..." - Joel 2:25
What a year can bring. Thank you, Lord.