What A Year!

11 Aug

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.  ~Lucille Ball

I will never forget the day I turned 16. When most teenagers are getting excited about getting their  drivers license and having some freedom, I was sitting in my bedroom having a meltdown. Why, you ask? Well, I was so afraid of getting old. Looking back I laugh at that because I was merely a baby, but at the time I felt like I was one step closer to being as old as my parents.

Since that sweet 16th birthday, I have celebrated quite a few more. Some good; some not so good, but sitting here now I am thankful for each and every one. It is proof my mom’s prayers were answered… because I survived to reach the ripe age of 28… Okay, okay 34. This past year has been pretty monumental if I do say so myself. If you would have asked me this day a year ago that I would be where I am, well, knowing what I know, I might have slapped you and never talked to you again, (kidding)

It ALL started August 31, 2010 in lovely Oahu Hawaii. I flew out there to meet my “boyfriend” and his wonderful parents for the USC-Hawaii game. Little did I know my “boyfriend” would become my “fiance” by the end of the night. It was a night I will never forget. I knew my “prince charming” existed, I just didn’t think I would meet him in this lifetime. In that trip prayers were answered and dreams came true.

Once we got back from Hawaii the real fun began; the wedding planning. Although I was married before, I never had a wedding and now I know why. What a crazy time that was. Although my amazing sister did most of the work, just the stress of knowing you have to throw a wedding was enough for me to say VEGAS! However, on January 28, 2011, my daughters walked me down the aisle and at the end waiting for me was my best friend and the man I knew was God’s greatest blessing. Our wedding was by far my perfect wedding. I was surrounded by my family and best friends. I went through a lot to get to that day and it is one that I will treasure forever.

After the wedding came the house. We started looking in mid February and on February 28th, we wrote up an offer on a home that was a “short sale” and prayed for God’s will. Within days we had news from our realtor that the sellers accepted the offer and then it was just a matter of waiting for the bank to also accept. During that time we looked at so many places. It was very tiring especially when we knew which home we really wanted, but the whole time I kept praying for God’s will… not Summer’s. Then in May came the news we were praying for; the bank accepted the offer and we were going into escrow. Hallelujah, we were not going to be homeless. I learned so much during this time about my faith in the Lord and trusting him no matter what. It was not always easy but it was a time where I was able to watch my walk with the Lord grow.

During the time we were waiting for the house came the most SHOCKING news! On April 27th, I took a pregnancy test… then two, three and four, all of which had the same result; PREGNANT. I was very surprised. I did not expect it at all, but was pretty excited, probably more excited for Erik than for myself at the time, but still happy about having A baby. Well, once the shock of being pregnant wore off we were then given news I never thought I could hear twice in a lifetime; I was pregnant with twins…again. I could not believe it. I sat there looking at the screen just shaking my head remembering the day 12 years earlier I was told the exact same thing. What was God thinking? Did he momentarily forget that he already blessed me with twins? It was unbelievable but ask me now how I feel and I am sure you will guess that I am beyond excited to meet my new little daughters and welcome them into this wonderful family of ours and guide them in the ways of the Lord.

Looking back all I can say is what a year! I never, in my wildest dreams, expected to be sitting here writing all this knowing where I came from. See it was not very long ago that my life was drastically different. I was lost and broken but I have a Father who loves me and once I surrendered my will, he gave me his. On this birthday I reflect on his grace that has sustained me not just throughout this past year, but all my years thus far. I am excited to see what the next 365 days holds for us and to read what I have to write in exactly a year.

August 31, 2010

January 28, 2011

Our New Home

Reese Nichole Elliott- Due December 27, 2011

Hailey Rachelle Elliott- Due December 27, 2011


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