Joys Of My Heart

"As for me and my family, we shall serve the Lord." -Joshua 24:15 NLT

My family is the joy of my heart. Marty, my husband for the past 18 years is the love of my life. We met at Iowa State University and have been together ever since. Marty is extremely thoughtful, but he also has an ornery sense of humor. He keeps my feet on the ground and my heart smiling when the world around me gets too serious. Hardworking, faithful, and loyal, Marty is truly a blessing in my life and I am so lucky to share his name.

Jack, our son, is our firstborn, and he recently became a teenager. Gentle, compassionate, and merciful, Jack hardly displays any of the stereotypical behaviors of a teenage boy. Wise beyond his years, I am continuously amazed by his insights. Jack loves the performing arts and is a very gifted actor and writer. I have no doubt God has big plans for him and I am so proud of the man he is growing to be. Truly, my son inpires me to be a better Christian.

Our middle child, Lily is sweet and charismatic. She is everything girlie in a tiny little package. We joke that she bleeds pink glitter. Lily loves to dance and bake and has never met a stranger she couldn't disarm in moments with one of her big smiles. Her dream is to go to culinary school and to have her own cake shop. I pray all of her sweet dreams come true.

Sofie, also known as Honeybug, is our "baby". She is 7 years old and watching her independent ways reminds me daily that my baby girl is growing up way too fast for my liking. What a delight she is for us! Little Bug is independent, sporty, fast, and strong. She challenges me to hold on loosely, which is hard because I want to hold her tight. Caring and kind, Sofie is one of the most thoughtful little girls I know and her sweet, spunky ways make us laugh everyday.

That brings me to our chosen child, on whom we are waiting to meet. God has called us to adoption and currently we are praying for our child's birthmother and for the LORD to deliver our baby home soon. We have not been matched yet, but we trust that God is at work already in ways unseen to make our family complete through adoption. I ask, humbly, for your prayers as we wait expectantly with hope.

This family, an answer to my prayers as a girl, means everything to me. I know they are truly a gift from God and I cherish each of them.