One of my favorite things about living here is the sunshine. The blue skies! They lift my spirits. I know, I know, we need rain. We need those dreary cloudy days that bring the rain that replenishes the earth.
Plants need sunshine and rain to grow.
We do too.
I admit this grudgingly, because I'd prefer just the sunshine, thank you very much.
The last year has been quite a year. If someone had told me what would happen I 1) wouldn't have believed them and 2) would have run away from home--I would have taken Adam and our kids with me.
There has been ample sunshine in the past year, but rain too. Unexpected and even startling storms. We weathered them. We set out buckets to catch the drips, we battened down the hatches, we held on.
I appreciate the lessons learned. I have learned more about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His grace. I've learned to trust even when I can't understand. I have learned that you don't know what's going on in someone else's life so give them the benefit of the doubt. Try to, at least. I've learned that I have a small army of people I can trust and lean on. There are people from Adam (my ultimate support), to the kind people at church who reached out with love to Braeden when he was home, to family and friends, to bloggers I don't even know whose words touch my heart, to people in Virginia who save the day, to our kids whose hugs heal me.
I'm grateful for the sunshine and rain. I need both, whether I like it or not. I know.