It is so hard to believe that four and a half months have passed since my sweet peas were born! God has continued to show His love and care for us each day. He has shown us His faithfulness to keep His promises, to provide for us and to give us the wisdom we so desperately need. He has also been faithful to give us trials to walk through in order that we would have continuous opportunities to showcase His glory and grow into the image of His Son. …I am learning to say “thank You, Lord” to those. =)
Scripture displays God’s intent to provide for His people over and over again. And yet at times I still wondered – still doubted – how on earth we would make it through. God knew! When I was so exhausted I could hardly stand up, someone appeared at the door to help take care of the babies. When all of a sudden it was 5:30 and we’re all still in our p.j.’s even though it’s almost time for dinner, someone arrived with a delicious meal. When the incredible costs of three instant children seemed impossible and overwhelming, cases of formula (or a pack of diapers or a gift card or a check) seemed to materialize on the front porch… God IS good and HAS been faithful. He has used you to take care of us. Through your meals, your visits to care for the babies, the gifts you have given and, most importantly, your prayers for us, we have seen His hand on a daily basis. A daily basis. How often do we get this opportunity? To be aware hour by hour that He is caring and providing for us through His church – what a blessing! David and I continue to be amazed with the sacrifices each of you has made in order to help us transition from a team of two to a family of five. It has humbled us and stretched us. It’s caused us to grow in our desire to serve others. And we are so grateful. And we do not take it lightly. We thank God for you and trust Him to continue to show us His faithfulness in other ways.
And of course we recognize one of the main ways God chose to provide for us was through the help and sacrifices of Kim Sutter, Kristen Jones and Carrie Panzella who coordinated, scheduled, emailed, called, talked with and rescheduled for three long months! They did this while caring for parents and sick families, moving out of state and through two major holidays! David and I are incredibly grateful to each of them and (and to their families who released them!!) and so amazed at what they were able to accomplish! Ladies, thank you. Thank you for giving your time and energy to this task. We seriously could not have done it without you.
Many of you have asked where we are going from here. Well, after lots of prayer and endless conversations (my poor husband!), we’ve decided it would be wise to hire someone to help me a couple afternoons a week. That brave woman happens to be Miss Brittany Graham! Again, through the Lord’s kindness He provided a need for each of us that would be filled in her caring for the triplets. My mom will also be coming a couple days a week to help…not sure I could keep her away from them if I wanted to do so! =) We don’t know how long having continued help for me will be necessary but are taking things a week or two at a time.
A brief update on the superstars themselves: the babies are developing well and gaining weight wonderfully. They are currently all breastfed except for the last bottle of the night. This is such an answer to prayer (more on this soon!)! David and I are having so much fun watching them grow and change. Every day, it seems, they are doing something new and turning into such big little people. Since the first smile, I’ve recognized God’s grace even in this: that at just the time when we parents grow incredibly weary He teaches them to smile at us. Incredible!
So, thank you. Thank you for being His hands and feet. If you all have served us so well, it excites me to think of all the others who are being served by you – both in our church and the lost around us! May God bless you richly for what you have given away!