Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Just yesterday I posted some photos on Facebook from a recent photo session. I mentioned how our family was tired and grumpy before and during the shoot. Our daughter was sick and cried though most of it. Our son kept running away. It was not a perfect shoot but our photographer (my sister-in-law Amanda Thorson) captured so many perfect moments.
I have looked at those photos over and over again since receiving them. At first I saw all my own flaws. I wished I was thinner. I wished I had chosen a different outfit. I wished my hair looked different. After several times looking at them, I didn’t see my flaws anymore. I saw a family that loved each other. I saw my family and looking at them made me smile and brought me joy.
One friend commented and said, “Remember when you didn’t think that THIS would ever happen for you? Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”
She is right! I had prayed for and longed for a husband and family for a long time. I didn’t get married to Niel until I was 35. Before then, I wondered if it would ever happen.
Today Niel and I are celebrating 5 years of being married. I am more in love with him now than I was on that day.
Niel makes me laugh. He is also such a rock. He has seen the worst in me and still loves me. He is a man of faith. He is steadfast in his love for God and his family. He tells me he loves me several times a day. He likes being around me.
Since we have been married, we have given birth to our son and adopted our daughter. The pregnancy and birth as well as the adoption were both very difficult. Niel held me and wiped away my tears many times during that time. He prayed over me and with me. He reminded me over and over again about God’s character and willed me to trust and have faith in the difficult times.
I love my children fiercely but it does not compare to my love for Niel. I am so grateful that God in his providence brought us together. I am thankful that he is my partner in life and in raising our children.
These past five years have flown by. At the same time, I feel like I have known Niel forever. I can’t imagine life without him.
I am very aware that I am one blessed woman! Thank you Jesus!!