Life sure has its ups and downs depending on how one looks at them. It has literally been 1 and 1/2 years since this blog has been used. Many many things have happened. I suppose those who know us & love us dearly haven’t missed a beat really. The next post (if I had continued on blogging) would’ve been about our pregnancy. The last post was Andy gloating to himself on his birthday 🙂 Well what he didn’t write in that was that I handed him a positive prego test that day. I had been sick for a few months and couldn’t seem to kick it. Well something in my head finally said to take a prego test and so from then on our lives kept changing. In May (2010) we received permanent legal custody of Gabe. In October (2010) Phil was born. And the following May (2011) we adopted Joey. So you could say that legally we have added 3 children to our family in 1 year.
Not much longer after that, my father passed away into eternity on my birthday (2011). It also happened to be Father’s Day. I’m still not used to that yet and not sure I ever will be. Looking back, I have wonderful memories of my dad and my family. That last year or so together before he passed was filled was some very precious times for me. In May 2010, my entire side of the family traveled down to Virginia to celebrate my younger brother’s graduation from University. We all converged again in August at my parents’ house for the occasion of my baby shower. Little did we all know that this would be our last time all together as a family in this way. Several times during that year though my siblings have visited, but at different times. I cherish all the times for sure. I feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to be close to my parent’s over the past several years. And that last year was full of special times with my dad. I watched him continue to grow as a man of God in many aspects. I watched him take a great deal of interest in my children. He truly enjoyed getting to know little Phil and loved him. I saw a new side of my dad that I’m very thankful for. It’s hard to explain but it was almost as if he had relished every moment he had with Phil because his time was ticking until when it’d be his last moment. Deep down, it was like he knew. And dad did know somewhat. He knew that it is appointed to all men to die once. And we do not know that day or time. Only God knows. Dad is with God in eternity right now. It’s a time of grieving for my family. But it is a grieving with hope. Yes, we’re sad and there is a hole. I’d love to be able to call up dad and schedule to go to our make-up Cleveland Indians game that was rained out. To spend time with him near is something we all crave but won’t happen for now. Our hole is filled because we have hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He died for our sins and was raised again and is sitting at the right hand of God. One day all the believers will be reunited on high with the King in the sky. May we continue to glorify God in everything we do, through the ebb and flow of life on earth.