I’ve never written one of these posts before, but I thought it might be helpful for you guys to get to know me on a more personal level and get a feel for what has been going on in my life.
Well, if I’m being honest, its been a rollercoaster of emotions the last couple months. A month in a half ago I found out I was pregnant with our third child. We were of course thrilled the Lord was blessing us with another sweet little life. Those happy and joyful emotions were quickly replaced with heart ache and pain when I received a call one Saturday evening from my Mother in-law who was in tears on the other end. The words “Dad is gone” echo in my mind still. Those were the last words I was expecting to hear. My amazing Father in-law tragically passed away. This was an incredible shock because my Father in-law was a healthy 57 year old man. How could this be happening? I then had to make the hardest phone call of my life….to my husband who was at work. I had to tell him the news over the phone which was so heart wrenching. My husband was incredibly close with his Dad, as were my husband’s other two siblings. The pain of losing someone so close to you is something many of you will experience in your lifetime. We just weren’t expecting it to happen to us now. Through all of this heartache, the Lord has continued to comfort us and surround us with love and peace. My Father in-law was one of my most favorite people on earth, and I know without a doubt that we will be reunited one day! When something tragic happens in your life, it causes you to sit down and evaluate your own life. Am I spending my time in the right ways? Am I showing love to those around me enough? Am I encouraging and reaching out to help those who need it? I think this is all part of God’s plan…to help bring us back to a place where we appreciate the life he has given us, and use it in the best way for his glory. My Father in-law lived that way, and was an incredible example for those around him. He loved talking with me about my blog, and was always cracking jokes about his “fashion blogger daughter in-law”. He will be greatly missed!
It’s been one month since all this happened, and while the pain and heartache will never go away, we are getting better each day. We are now focusing on my husband’s new position at work, (side note….he got a huge promotion at work a couple weeks after his Dad passed. This promotion was the last conversation him and his Dad had, so getting it was a huge encouragement to my husband.) Focusing on growing a healthy baby #3 who is now 10 weeks, raising our other two very energetic children, and spending time with family as much as possible. I really have been trying to put more thought and energy into making the most of my time, and keeping my priorities straight. You may have noticed a little slow down in posts over on my Facebook page. This of course has been because of all that has been going on the last month and a half. I haven’t forgotten about you guys I promise! I love having this blog, and connecting with all of you wonderful ladies. You all have been so sweet, patient and encouraging to me over this last month and that makes my heart so happy! I’m hoping to get back into full swing with the blog soon, but I do want to keep my family and my kids as my first priority. So if that means not posting as much, or taking a day off here and there for family time then that’s what I will do. And I know you guys will understand and support me in that!
I truly am thankful to have each and every one of you here. I’m just one little Momma who lives in a tiny town, and I feel like I don’t have much to offer. But, I do have a big heart for you ladies and want to help you in any way I can. I feel like God has called me to encourage and help other women feel confident in who they are. And even if we cant have a conversation face to face, I hope you always feel like you can message me at any time to talk. Let’s help build each other up, and make this blog a place where we can come and get inspiration, encouragement and refuel us. Life is tough, and each persons battles look different. Let us never look down on anyone, for they may be fighting a terrible battle and just need someone to listen and help them through it! Love you guys!