Tuesday, November 16, 2010

When Thank You Isn't Enough

If you've followed this blog for long, you know the story of our three precious miracles.

There's no way to put into words the years we spent longing for children. The years of battling infertility. The suffering through two miscarriages.

I'd like to say I handled that period of my life with more grace than I did. The tears, the anger, the hormonal mood swings caused by medications--I'll always be indebted to my husband for the grace he extended to me when I had none to give in return.

Through everything we endured, we both always knew we would have children. Though at times our faith faltered, we always believed we would one day hold in our arms one we could call "ours."

It was just a matter of when. And just a matter of whether God wanted them to be biological or grafted into our family as we were into His.

Long before Wyatt's birth, one late-night run to Target saw me cooing over little girl dresses, especially those sporting an image from my childhood--Strawberry Shortcake. I could imagine nothing more perfect than my daughter wearing such an outfit.

With Doug's encouragement, we brought home that dress and tucked it away in the back of a closet, unsure of whether we would ever use it.

A few weeks ago, the weather turned cold in Louisiana, and I began hanging in the closet little girl 2T clothes I had bought for the winter. In the mix was that dress bought long ago by a mama and a daddy with hopes and dreams for a family.
Thank you just isn't sufficient for expressing my gratitude. Yet, with all my heart, mind, and soul, thank you Father for hearing, for answering. And thank you that even when our faith wavered, yours did not.


  1. Thank heaven for little girls :) Love you and your precious gifts from God. See you soon!!

  2. That Strawberry Shortcake outfit is precious! But no where as cute as the little doll wearing it. God has sure been good to you! Hope your Thanksgiving is the best ever!

  3. This is a beautiful post - and I loved reading every word of it. You always write so beautifully, Jennifer. You can someday have your blog posts turned into a very special bookbound journal. And have three copies made, one for each of your children to be given to them on the day they get married!

    I also loved the Christmas decors shown on your latest post...

    Rejoicing with you this season,
    with much love...

  4. Aw, that was great!! Thanks so much for sharing this story. As your others readers comment I too can relate with the highs and lows of faith in desiring, with 120% of your heart and soul to have a family, children!! It's so much more common than people realize it isn't it?

    Praise God he answered your praise! You have a beautiful family, a gorgeous little strawberry shortcake girl!!!