Sometimes it's hard to notice the incredible blessings in our lives. I know I'm one to often focus on the negative, when I should be focusing on all the wonderful things I have to be grateful for. It's difficult for me sometimes to forget and look past my present pain towards the blessings that bring joy, and to know that in the pain God is working to grow our faith. For the past year I have suffered with chronic muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, jaw and intraoral muscles--specifically, TMJ. It is such a hard condition to treat and although I see a specialist for it and have tried many many treatments (and continue to undergo new ones), but the pain continues to eat away at me just about every day. TMJ is very much stress-related and started out that way for me, which is why it is SO important to be able to control the anxiety and stresses in our lives.
Today I am making the decision to focus on the many blessings I've been given, and on the beauty that is all around me that at times I fail to appreciate.
The blessing of another generation of baby chicks that will supply our family with fresh eggs/meat:
The blessing of freshly-grown food from our garden for nourishment:
|recently harvested kale and collards (TONS more in the garden!)|
|onions from the garden|
The blessing of an amazing husband who takes care of me when I'm not feeling my best and works on *most* of the big projects around our little homestead:
And finally, perhaps the biggest blessing of all:
After two very long years of TTC and over six years of marriage, we are finally pregnant......
|ultrasound photo at 10 weeks|
I am 15 weeks along now and already have a good sized baby bump! The babies will no longer fit on just one ultrasound photo- they have grown a lot! We are absolutely overjoyed and so incredibly thankful to have received the Lord's mercies. He has heard our prayers and petitions and He IS faithful! We can't wait to welcome these precious babies into our hearts :)