Life Changer…

When I was little my dream was to be a mom.  My mom stayed home with us and I just thought that’s what all women do.  As I got older I realized that some moms work and some moms stay home.  I still wanted to stay home:)  When I graduated from high school I knew I was headed to college because that’s what you do…so I had to pick a degree.  I picked elementary education because to me that was the next best thing to being a mom, but I really didn’t care if I didn’t teach.  (sorry dad for the bills:)  I really just wanted to find Dreamy McDreamerson, run away with him, get married and have four children in our cute little house, sipping lemonade and eating crumpets.  Okay, now I”m getting a bit carried away.  Here’s the point.  I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have a little baby I would have to bring home and watch die.

Juliet was a life changer.  I didn’t see her coming a million miles away.  She wasn’t in my “plan.”  haha, and God laughs at me:)  Our lives will never be the same,  we will forever be changed.  Here’s the deal though, she was in God’s plan.  She was meant to be for us and us for her.  We were chosen to be her parents even before I was born, I’m pretty sure of that, and I’m so grateful.  I’m grateful for what Juliet has taught me, and what God has shown me through her.  I’m grateful how God has used Juliet and put a specific calling on her life, and how humbled we are to be able to walk her through this life and see that purpose fulfilled.

Our new motto around our house is, “day by day.”   Since we grieved Juliet even before she was born, and did not think we were going to even get the chance to come home with a baby, we have had to retrain our thinking.  She’s here now.  Will she be here tomorrow??  Next week??  Next year?? So many unknowns that I can’t allow myself to think about.  She is here today, so we will cherish today.  I say this like it is so easy, but in all actuality it is one of the hardest lessons I’m learning.  I’m human, I want to know the future.  I want to plan.  I want to prepare.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

I’m so grateful that I believe in a God that does know the future, and a God that gives us hope.  I could not walk this journey without Him.

 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

And I’m so grateful to have a God that will carry our worries for us.  We don’t need to take them all on ourselves.

Whether we get to keep Juliet for another week, or for another 10 years, our lives are forever changed.  We will not be the same.  Everyone has a life changer… or probably will at some point.  What’s yours??

I’m just glad mine is so stinkin cute:)

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7 thoughts on “Life Changer…”

  1. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” Psalm 90:12~ The blessed gift that comes with a personal encounter with the uncertainty and frailty of life… is a deeper, intimate understanding of just how precious each life, and every moment, truly is. I humbly pray, “Lord, bestow upon us all the wisdom to treasure every moment of every life You have created… for we know not which moment of anyone’s earthly life will be their last. As we lift precious Juliet Faith up in our prayers, give us the heart of wisdom to be just as intentional in how we value and treasure every fleeting moment with all of those we love, whose mortality may not be as easily recognized by our limited human understanding. Let us all learn from Juliet how precious every moment of every life is, and let us love extravagantly, as if it were our last chance… because it just may be. I entrust the answer to these prayers to you, Father, in the name of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Thank you, Allie, for letting God use Juliet~ to give us wisdom and insight, and to teach us how to love purely, sacrificially, and with a renewed awareness of urgency. You will be blessed tenfold, in the way God knows you will need it most, in His perfect timing…

  2. Allie,
    You asked what our life changers were, mine was meeting my husband. I don’t remember a day that I wasn’t depressed and miserable before I met him. Then slowly he brought me out into the light. He taught me about faith and hope and joy. Though I still struggle with depression, it doesn’t control me. I find strength in God and courage in my husband. It is absolutely clear to me that God planned for us to be together even while I was fighting to stay isolated and angry. Funny how if we can just try to walk the path he has laid out for us he quickly finds a way to heal us in ways we never expected and help us to cope with more than we thought possible. I have had ample opportunity and excuse to sink back into my misery but with Gods help, often through the man he made mine, i have found that it isn’t necessary. I have faith that he will give you strength for whatever is ahead. He has blessed me with an abundance of joy despite my many sorrows, and I have learned to trust that he will continue to do so. For now, be assured that we pray for your family everyday and hope against hopes that your little Juliette might continue on her miraculas path a while longer. God bless you all.

  3. Happy 30 great days of life Ms. Juliet! It’s been a joy watching you grow. I don’t know you however I know a lot about you and your family and I Thank your mommy for allowing us to be on your wonderful life journey .
    I look forward to every new post and picture. You truly are a blessing. I know I don’t have to tell you Jules how loved you are. Jesus is holding you along with your family everyday. So many people are praying for you and your family and cheering you on! Taking it day by day is what we should all learn to do. I find as a mom of 4 myself that it makes the day so much better. It’s been an amazing ride with your family and I don’t see the ride coming to an end anytime soon. I say this all the time, it’s my own personal motto and I will share it with you and your mommy. In this amazing world we live in, all of us need a dose of FAITH ~ TRUST ~ and PIXIE DUST! ;)
    “day by day” Blessings to all of you. Happy 30 days Birthday Juliet!

  4. So blessed to have been able to meet Juliet on Saturday. Your family is amazing! We will continue to remember you in our prayers.

  5. We pray for little Juliet and her family every night,you really are an inspiration for all of us mothers,God bless you and your lovely family.

  6. I am so moved by your writing….You do it so well and I feel everything. Tears, joy, your faith, your love of your family. thank you for allowing us into your world and we continue to pray for you………

  7. I so agree with what Wendy said. Juliet and your family’s love, faith and acceptance have and continue to be an inspiration to all of us. We continue to pray for all of you.

  8. Beautiful words of wisdom. And as you know, good elementary teachers are really good moms, too. Tell your dad it was all worth it (smile)…..hold that little angel baby tight! God’s love in baby-form! Juliet is a beautiful picture of heaven and grace and miracles and love!

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