When I first learned that I was about to become a mother, I never dreamed the crazy places my life would take me.
I wouldn't have thought I'd be in a town hit with a devastating tornado (Enterprise, AL) and narrowly miss being in the tornado's path, I never thought I'd become pregnant again less than a year after having my first child, I REALLY never thought that pregnancy would result in TWIN (!) BOYS (!) coming into my world, and I didn't dream that before their arrival I'd essentially become a single mother, and that after their arrival that it would become official before they turned a year old.
Most of all, I never planned on doing this motherhood thing alone.
Although that can seem really sad and depressing to some, I'm perfectly at peace with where God has me. When life throws us a curveball, and in this case, a REALLY curvy one, God is always trying to teach us something.
What have I learned?
Patience beyond understanding. Empathy at a whole new level. I've turned my "judgement" button off, no matter how serious a situation might seem. I've learned to value friendships and relationships with family with a reverence I've never before understood, especially with my former-in-laws. Endurance. Endurance. Endurance.
So, don't pity me. Celebrate our resilience as God's people with me. After all, it is our "signature move". True faith produces all of these things in us naturally, and when those blessings come, we can't help but celebrate with even more joy.