Merry Christmas from my heart & home to yours! Kylie and I wanted to share our raindancing photos with you and wish you the joy of dancing in the rain in 2013! These photos were taken by my dear photographer friend, Audrey Wolf from Audrey Wolf Photography, this fall. She rocks and I was so honored she could take these very precious photos of my daughter and I as we venture through this storm!! (Truth be told, I have tried to take raindancing photos multiple times over the past three years, so I’m beyond thrilled to have these.) We are dedicated to dancing through it and finding God’s goodness and beauty in the midst.
***I’m sure some of you are wondering why there’s a card with just my daughter and I on it. I do not live a life of hiding or putting a mask on. I have not known what to say or how to say things publicly over the past few months…and truth be told in the midst of moving, working, and homeschooling, I haven’t had much time or energy to do so. I’ve received emails asking so I thought I’d just be honest and share that my husband and I are going through a divorce after ten years of marriage. There’s not really any eloquent words to describe the pain and loss all three of us are experiencing. RD and I unfortunately were going through counseling a year prior to the accident happening and had almost separated twice in our marriage prior to the accident. In the past 5 years, we have sought counsel from 9 various professional counselors collectively in addition to at least 4 pastors. Unfortunately this is where we are. I am thankful for God’s grace, His love, and His mercy. He has been soooo good to me…so faithful…so present and near in a time of confusion, loss, heartache, and grief. While I have shed many tears this holiday season already, I stand in such awe of God’s love for me…and for you, too. I am so thankful for some amazing friends (old and new) in my life who have stood beside me and not cast stones. I’m thankful for the support of my family and their love through all of this. The love God continues to show me leaves me in awe of His goodness. If you wouldn’t mind, please say some prayers for the 3 of us and our families as we enter the holiday season. I continue to pray for peace in all of our hearts and for God’s love to prevail.
As a friend & client of mine said so beautifully on Facebook recently, ”Christmas to me is about new beginnings. That is why Christ was born, to give the world a 2nd chance, he was the ultimate symbol of forgiveness. When I think about this year and what has happened, I am thankful for another year to have a do-over.”
Thank you, God, for mornings filled with new mercies, for your forgiveness, and that you are the ultimate judge here on earth. Thank you that you never leave me or forsake me and that you are with me always. Thank you for hope and light in the midst of darkness. Thank you for the beauty that comes from the pain of this life. Thank you for the gift of this photography business which blesses my socks off OVER and OVER and OVER again…and keeps me dancing in the rain and looking for beauty. What a blessing that brings so much life and joy to my soul!
Merry Christmas…and blessings to you in the new year!