I feel like I have so much to say, but I struggle to find words to express our feelings over the past 2 weeks. Really, we are the same Dan and Kristin, but at the same time, we feel so different. Our thought patterns have changed. Our dreams have changed. Our conversations have changed.
Just today when we were driving to youth group Dan said “I can’t wait to be a dad.” To hear that from the man who I had to tell over 10 years ago, that I may not be able to make him an earthly biological dad, just made me think about how great our God is. Dan NEVER held it against me. He never said much about it to be quite honest. Talk about a gracious, giving, and loving man. To go into marriage, knowing you may not have your own children, right off the bat. I knew it would take someone special and that someone special is Dan.
Now to hear a simple sentence of “I can’t wait to be a dad,” just reminds me of God’s great power and grace shown in my own life. God has given us the GIFT of being able to try. We have seen that as a gift – many may see it as a given, but it’s a gift to us first. To be able to talk about what we want to do as a mom and a dad. Of course we had these conversations when we were planning our life with our two Hooties. But now to revisit those thoughts, ah, is still such a miracle.
I think of the word “miracle” what seems like 1,000 times in a day. My understanding and grasp of what a miracle is, is becoming more and more personal every day. I am understanding even more how God desires to act in mysterious ways just so that our faith and love for Him continues to grow. And even more so, our dependence on Him. I have always believed miracles happen – even in this day and age. And now to experience one yet again in my own life, is nothing short OF a miracle!
So what are we doing these days? Our life has been crazy busy raising funds for our youth group, with our youth group and leaders, by putting in docks and lifts. It was a challenging year, but one that has grown us as people, as a group, and as individuals. We are SO blessed to have our youth group kids and leaders in our life! This is our celebratory picture taken on Saturday:
Since being so busy with docks, we haven’t had much of a chance to get away just us two. To really let this all soak in. So, on Sunday we went for a hike down to the Minnesota River bottom and then on Monday, went fishing on our most favorite lake – George Lake. The crappie and blue gill were hittin’ like crazy! In fact, we caught enough for two meals worth! It was a gorgeous day until the storms hit, but by then, we were done anyways.
It was nice to get away and just talk. Talk about life. Talk about where God has taken us. Talk about where God will hopefully be taking us.
This is just a little glimpse into our life recently…definitely more to come!