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Andrew and I have been married for 4 years now. Four wonderful, crazy years. April 26, 2008. It was a good day.

(photo by kristen nicole sayres)

After we got married, Andrew was in school, finishing up his last year and I was working the glorious world of retail at Hallmark and working up my new business at the time. We weren’t planning to have or not have kids; we just let God take control of that wheel.

When you first get married people ask you, “When you gonna start havin’ some kiddos?”. Well, newlyweds, I am here to tell you, after two years, they stop asking. Don’t know if people forget you can procreate or feel bad that something may be “wrong” with you. Either way, I don’t care. I never once worried about not getting pregnant or anything. When and if God wanted it to happen, we were at total peace with it.

Throughout 2010 and 2011, Andrew and I struggled with where we were. We felt God moving in our lives to a different place to serve and just be in our marriage. Andrew went through some job changes in the middle of a time when businesses were laying off workers like crazy. In mid-late 2011, I went through a crazy amount of illness, dealing with long-term bronchitis, exposure to mold in our old apartment, migraines, no sleep, and severe abdominal pain. But, in the midst of all that, Andrew and I bought our first house in December 2011. We were thrilled! We were so excited to invest in our community and be planted to serve it with our little family.

(photo by jon-mark whiltshire)

After we painted away the horrid lemon-lime green paint in our house and settled down, my pain continued. After too many doctors and prescriptions and not enough answers, it all came down to a gluten allergy. Who would have thought?! A little diet change (not as easy as it sounds, but better than medicine!) and I was 4000% better than the year before. My body was finally getting the nutrients it needed and I was a new person!! Andrew’s company had been bought out and after months of wondering if he would be able to keep his job, we finally got the answer: YES!

There were just so many ways God graciously gave us blessings that we didn’t deserve: a home, an answer to health problems, jobs, and more. Had he not given those to us, He would still be good. Why he chose to give to us in this season of life, I don’t know, but I’m so thankful.

So… that leads me to another little blessing. The only reason you’re probably on this website to begin with.
babydale… oh babydale… what a funny little happening you are…

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