I do struggle with celebrating this day. It really isn't a day that was filled with joy. My heart broke that afternoon as the judge read his verdict. And though the outcome was what we had hoped, the reasons for the need were laid bare in devastating fashion throughout the day. So many times when I think about how different things could have been, I'm as sad as I am happy. My extended family was forever changed in this process, and I'm sad for the losses to all parties involved. My son remembers enough to know that his past home is in desperate need of the Savior, and it hurts my heart to see him so sad when he mentions it. I just keep praying that lives will be transformed.
I'm now a year out from starting this business journey. It's been an interesting year for sure. Things definitely picked up during the holidays and have slowed again at the beginning of the new year. I'm working on getting stock ready to be able to do some craft shows this spring and am looking forward to that.
The biggest change at the moment, though, is that we are well into our next new thing as we prepare for a Baby E's arrival this summer! We are all so excited. In the past few weeks our household has undergone some huge changes as we are getting ready for this addition. Life just keeps moving, and we work hard to keep up.
On this day, as I reflect on all that has gone on to get us where we are, I pray much for those who are still wandering. Life is crazy enough without adding to it the lack of hope that comes without being able to hold onto Jesus.