2011 brought us many blessings. Among them, the birth of our son, Juan Andres! He is truly a beautiful, happy little soul. We are thankful for his safe arrival. He is the perfect addition to our crew.
We started the year off in a new church and have made several friends who have truly been a blessing and an encouragent to our family in many ways that they will probably never know. I am thankful for these people because I know, without a doubt, that God placed them in my life with the intent to be a light. It's no coincidence that our church theme this year was "Let Your Light Shine." I have been on a spiritual roller coaster this past year...trying to discern between right and wrong and untangle a web of spiritual oppression that I had been living. I know that Christ is much more, and much bigger than the picture that had once been painted. I know this because I have experienced it first hand. Sometimes, all He wants is to hear our cry. I have learned that it is in our lowest moments that Jesus can truly carry us and teach us!
We were blessed many times over financially. When I look back I realize that there is no way we should have made it sometimes. Yet, the scriptures clearly tell us that our Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills...and He provided EVERY TIME!
Despite many sicknesses that hit us hard this year, we are ending the year in good health. I always count my blessings extra hard in this area because I know it could be a lot worse. I am thankful that God has protected our children from serious health issues.
I've learned a lot of things about myself this year. The most important thing is that I am not alone. Even when my husband is away, I miss my family, illness plagues my family or a "friend" turns out to be yet another foe...Christ is unchanging. Even when loved ones turn their back on me, friends I once believed were genuine, giants I looked up to squash me...Christ is unchanging. When my heart hurts because my children are bullied or because I can't answer the real questions they have for me about faith because...well...I just don't know enough to have all the answers...Christ is unchanging and He has never left my side.