Family Looks Different to Everyone

What a busy couple of weeks!  Last Monday, Jake and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.  Then, on Thursday we celebrate our daughter’s fifth birthday!  We have gone on a trip and thrown a Frozen party.  All of this made me think about the family we created.

Jake nor I have blood family here in Colorado.  But, we do have our tribe.  Although these families may not be blood, each is intertwined in our daily life.  We have called each other in the middle of the night.  And, I cannot count the number of times we have stopped by unexpectedly at one of their homes and visa versa.  The past couple of weeks we have discussed how important that community is.

But, the most important family is our core unit of four.  Seven years ago we were still basking in the glow of our wedding (and probably from our honeymoon in Turks and Caicos – ha!).  But soon after we found ourselves pregnant and began to discuss our future as a family.  Unfortunately, that pregnancy did not last.

I am sure that many of you readers can relate.  And with this month National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month I want to say I understand.  My heart goes out to each of you.

I wanted a family so badly.  I dreamed of being a mother and even had my daughter’s name picked at by the age of 8.  Going through romantic relationships I wondered if my desire would ever come true.  But God had a plan.  For me, I am honored to be the mom to two crazy munchkins.  For some of my friends, they have been able to adopt.  Others are able to foster children.  And then there are some that have a mixture of all of them.

My point is to tell you that family looks different to each of us.  It may not be what you pictured as a kid, but I bet it is better.  And if you are in the season of trying to figure out what yours will look like, let me tell you there is hope.  God loves you and He put that desire in your heart for a reason.  He will fulfill it.  Be patient and trust Him.

And one more thing…we will see our angel babies one day.  That gives me some peace.

Let us know how we can be praying for you.
Shannon

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