Know that… Chaos can look good on you

What do you get when you have 6 adults… 5 kids under 6 years old … in a 3 bedroom apartment… vacation plans changed… job lost… a sick giant… and 7 days to move a family of 5… about 700 miles?

The answer is CHAOS.

A couple of years ago, my family headed to Nashville to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my brother and sister-in-law. My other brother and Dad couldn’t make it that year, so my husband and I invited a friend each to spend the holiday with us.

I went down a week early to relax, but we found out the day before my husband, Marjorie, and Josh arrived that my brother Caleb was without a job. That moment spun that holiday into chaos.

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Know that… 2008 shook my faith (part 3 of 3)

This is part 3 in a series.
Find part 1 or “Know that… 2008 happened” here.
Find part 2 or ” Know that… 2008 broke my heart” here.

I cannot completely tell you about 2008 without telling you about the spiritual aspects as well.

I wish I could say:

  • Everything about saying goodbye to Mama was spiritually life affirming.
  • I adjusted my halo and smoothed my choir robe, and gave all the praise and glory to God.
  • I agreed that God was good, and that He knew what He was doing.
  • In my heart I graciously accepted every word, and action of those around me as the encouragement they meant it to be.
  • I did not become hyper-critical of the mothers of my friends and family.
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Know that… 2008 happened (part 1 of 3)

I feel like a Jewish grandma when I talk about 2008, like I should always include a little spittle to the ground in its reference. 2008 was a time that changed me forever.

To attempt to tell you what that year was for me, I will break the story into three posts over the course of this week.

It hinged on one of those moments that break your reality. Times when you stand before a crowd of people, and vow to love one person until death. You are now a spouse, not a single. Moments like seeing a tiny creature emerge from your body or your spouse’s, and you terrifyingly give it a name. You are now “Mama” or “Daddy” for the rest of your life.

Most of those moments are breath-taking. Others still are gut-wrenching. 2008 held one of latter.

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