I am so thankful to the Lord for where He has taken me in the past year and a half. It is amazing at how quickly we can be taken through different seasons of our lives in such a short amount of time. God is so faithful to direct our steps! “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
After being asked to give an update on our family and what the Lord has been doing in our lives, I am taken back to my wedding day in November of 2008. On November 16, 2008, I began a new journey in life. As an unmarried daughter at home, it was my greatest desire to be a wife and mother one day and I felt those roles to be God’s highest and most fulfilling callings for a woman. I spent my time at home learning from my mother, remaining under my father’s authority, and using our home as my “training ground” for perhaps one day being able to become a married woman.
In the early spring of 2008, the Lord brought Eli and I together, and we were convicted to pursue a courtship instead of going the dating route. I am very thankful that we chose to court simply because we believed it to be the Biblical way, and we both wanted our parents very much involved as we were seeking each other for marriage. In June of that year, Eli asked me to be his wife, and I joyfully said “yes” as he slipped a beautiful ring onto my finger!
On our wedding day, I began my new season of life and became a wife and helpmeet to my husband. We were married in a beautiful garden in the midst of our Lord, surrounded by many dear family members and friends. I am so very thankful for my husband, and am still so grateful to God for directing me in a way that was far beyond my expectations!
For our honeymoon, we decided to travel around the United States, and we ended up driving all the way from Virginia to California. Eli and I still joke that we probably won’t be traveling for a while.J My favorite part of our trip was getting to walk in the Grand Canyon … something I never thought I’d be able to do!
During the wedding preparations, Eli was in the process of building a house for us to live in. It still wasn’t quite finished when we returned from our honeymoon, so we stayed with his parents until the last minute details were completed. Eli was convicted to not be in debt (“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another…” Romans 13:8), so I admired his wanting to build our home as debt-free as possible. The Lord was so gracious to bless our efforts during the building of our home and constantly provided for our needs during the process. It is so amazing when you can see God’s mighty hand actively at work!
When our house was completed, we came across something that was to change our lives forever! In February, Eli and I found out that we were going to be having a baby! In November of this past year, our little baby Esther was born. During her birth, God had answered so much prayer and it was truly amazing to me how He worked on that day! I was a couple of weeks overdue and, therefore, had to be induced at the hospital. Since I was overdue, I thought that I would not be able to have my midwife with me but instead be turned over to a “high risk” doctor. I really wanted to have my midwife deliver our baby but wasn’t going to get my hopes up with that most likely not happening. I had prayed for God’s will to be done and went to the hospital as planned. To my surprise, my midwife was there and was able to deliver our baby after all! I was thrilled! I immediately went into labor and it lasted for a little more than 24 hours.
Toward the end of the labor, we found out that I wasn’t progressing, and Esther was stuck where she was. This most likely meant that I was to have a C-Section, something I would rather not have. I remember our families crying out to the Lord while asking Him to please help the baby to come. It was so neat because directly after that, Esther started to drop. She came so fast that the midwife and nurses were running around, amazed at how soon the delivery would be! After Esther was born, she was having difficulty breathing and had to stay in the intensive care unit for a week to recover. The Lord still showed Himself strong during that week, and Esther was released from the hospital well recovered!
Now, Esther is almost five months old, and Eli and I are enjoying our new roles as parents. I think she grows cuter every day! Smiling and laughing are her two favorite things to do. She loves talking to her baby dolls already, and has big blue eyes just like her daddy.JThe Lord is continuously teaching us daily as new parents. It is quite a big change to go from it only being Eli and I to having a little baby keeping us quite busy and on our toes all of the time! He is showing us every day the importance of raising up children in the Lord, and He is constantly refining me in the area of doing all things for His glory … as a daughter, wife, and mother.
On the first day of spring this year, Eli and I visited the little gazebo in which we were married. I would have never thought on the day that we were married that almost a year later I would be pushing a pink- cheeked little girl in a stroller around the exact spot where our vows were exchanged. It is amazing how God works in our lives! Although life is sometimes not always easy and marriage and parenting brings it’s own challenges every now and then, we can be certain that the Lord loves each and every one of us and will always know what is best for our lives. We must seek His face continuously in all things, and in doing so, He will be so faithful to guide us and direct our steps always!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5, 6