To tell you a little more about my personal life, my husband and I spent 3 years trying for children, and in December of 2009 we decided that we needed a break from fertility treatments, and wanted to start pursuing adopting children, since we had always wanted a blend of biological and adopted children anyway. Imagine our surprise when on January 6, 2010, I got the phone call, saying that I had breast cancer! To my immense comfort, I knew that God was not surprised, but even so, it has been a difficult journey.
I had a double biopsy, 2 surgeries, 8 grueling rounds of chemo, gave myself 35 shots, and had 33 radiation treatments. I experienced intense reactions to most of my treatments, which made 2010 the most painful year of my life physically.
We also found out that, based on a number of factors, we were no longer able to have children biologically, which was devastating to us at first. However, we were again reminded that God was not surprised, and that He has a plan. We have since become very excited about adopting all of our kids, and feel confidant that God has big plans for our family.
In July of 2011, we adopted our first son, Isaac. He is an 8 year old bundle of energy, and brings incredible joy and fun into our lives. Soon after, we decided to add to our family again and adopted our next son, Andy. He is now 10, and has so much energy and creativity. We are very excited to continue to grow our family through the blessings of adoption.
In the meantime, we were extremely blessed to find out that no matter what doctors say, God still performs miracles, and our newest miracle arrived this past September!
In some ways, the experiences of the past few years have been very difficult. But they have also helped us focus on what really matters, and to define what is most important to us. Through our trials, we have found that God is enough. Through our heartache, we have learned to trust. And in our blessings, we have found a new depth of gratitude and thankfulness.
We are thankful to serve a faithful God. Thanks for coming along for this part of our journey!