Great is the Faithfulness O God my Father...
My 3rd child is 7 today. Alexia Magdalene. Named after my mother.
I can not browse through the photos of her birth and the time surrounding with out a teensy bit of sad seeping through the cracks and crevices.
Lowell & I had just experienced loss in huge ways....our business, home and our marriage were broken, falling apart at the seams.
At 8 months pregnant I went to stay with my parents under the pretense of wanting to give birth in one of those fabulous free standing birthing centers (that was the truth...) But I was hurting, beaten down and with out hope. I spent most of the time carrying her in tears. I wonder if that is part of her personality and brooding nature now. Even though God was at work, it was hard to see at times in those long 11 months we were apart. I didn't know if God was going to do a miracle and save our marriage which lay in shambles. BUT, God was close. Closer then I had experienced and I grew tremendously in Him that year. He has that habit...sneaking into the bad places where He seems the furthermost away and doing his redemptive work.
We were in the minority of couples that are able to reconcile and continued on life's road. Our reconciliation produced instant proof of God's mercies when Abby was born 9 months after we got back together. Her name Father's Joy was proof of God's power and redemptive favor and joy in us and our growing little family.
As we have lived through the grief of losing Abby, we have seen time and time again how God's faithfulness shines through.
Alexia has been traumatized immensely in the loss of her younger sister and built in playmate and near twin (not quite 18 months separated them)
Despite the grief she is a spunky darling bundle and brings much joy to our home even through her spots of melancholy.
She is growing into quite the young lady. She loves to spend time following me about, baking and cooking. She loves fairy tales and all things princess.
She is silly and giggles and love.
So as we celebrate another year of the beautiful gift of her, we marvel again at the story that is being woven with her life and how God's faithfulness is obvious.
He truly is good and amazing in gifting us with the preciousness.
Happy Birthday Princess!