Today's Everyday Thankful is so full of good - faith and the joy that comes from having that faith, and the redeeming qualities of love. To have hope.
To be open.
Such a beautiful story from a beautiful soul.
I am so grateful that you shared, Niki. Thank you and congratulations!
Text & Photos by Niki
It would be impossible to list everything I am thankful for. There’s simply not enough time. I have truly been blessed beyond what I could possibly deserve.
I am thankful for steps of faith that result in tiny miracles.
My husband & I had been trying for a long time to get pregnant. After months & months of disappointment we were feeling defeated & just about ready to give up. We went to church Sunday morning & our youth pastor asked for volunteers to work in the nursery during Sunday morning services. In my heart I immediately heard, “If you want your baby, first take care of my babies.” Considering my husband is a high school special education teacher and I work with young handicapped children my initial thought was, “We already do, God.” Once again I heard, “If you want your baby, first take care of my babies.” We decided that regardless of how crazy it sounded, we were willing to take that small step of faith if it was going to give us the baby we desperately wanted. Immediately after the service we went and spoke with our pastor & youth pastor and got signed up to work in the nursery.
Our first Sunday in the nursery was October 6. That next week I randomly broke out in a horrible rash. My entire body was red, itchy, swollen & extremely sore. I hurt bad enough that I barely allowed my husband to give me a kiss goodnight, so I knew, without a doubt in my mind, that we were not going to be getting pregnant that month. On October 29, we found out that we were indeed pregnant! We were so excited about it that we didn't think much of it until we went in for our first doctor's appointment and they told us the date of conception was October 16, right in the middle of me being sick… There was no way it was possible for us to have gotten pregnant that month other than a miracle!
I am thankful for this man. The love of my life. My soulmate & my best friend. The perfect Daddy & the most amazing man I have ever known. My husband. After a rough childhood & a horrible, abusive first marriage, I had all but decided to give up on men. Every man I had ever trusted - my father, step-father, and husband - had hurt me & let me down, and I wasn't about to let my daughters go through the same type of life that I had. I had made up my mind that the girls & I didn’t need a man in our lives. We were going to be perfectly fine on our own. Little did I know, God had another plan for our lives.
When I agreed to go out to celebrate my birthday with friends I had no idea I was about to meet the man I was going to spend the rest of my life with. Justin & I had been dating for only a couple months before the girls & I were forced to move to Michigan to stay with my family. When I told him goodbye I didn’t really expect to hear much more from him. However, I was wrong. Justin called me every day & after a few months made a trip all the way up to Michigan just to see me and meet my daughters. The day after he got there I ended up in the hospital with a kidney infection. Justin not only took care of me, but he spent the entire day taking care of my little girls and even bought all three High School Musical movies for them and spent the day watching them with the girls while I slept. That was the moment I knew he was the one.
A few months after that the girls and I were able to move back home to Missouri and shortly after that their biological father decided he wanted to give up his rights. Without even thinking about it, Justin stepped up to the plate & took over the role as their Daddy. Five years later, the girls have always been considered his daughters. Never his step-children.
I am thankful for family vacations, sightseeing, giggles & “best days ever."
For a job that I not only love, but that makes me feel like I am actually making a difference in this world. A job that I actually like getting up and going to every day. My job is not easy, my heart breaks for some of the children I work with, but I love it and I can honestly say I believe this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life.
Last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for my three beautiful little girls. These girls are my life, my love, my everything. I would have nothing if I didn’t have them. They give my life meaning and a purpose. Being a mommy is by far the most important thing I will ever do with my life. And the most rewarding thing I can ever accomplish.
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What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann