We were reflecting about the crazy journey that God was leading us on when Evan remarked how incredible it was to look back at our whole relationship together - and even our whole lives - and be able to see now how God had been preparing us for this very experience. The longer we discussed this, the more clarity we both had about this revelation.
When Evan and I were engaged and preparing for his graduation from college (I had graduated the previous year), I really wanted to move away. We had both spent our whole lives in central Illinois, and I really wanted to experience a different city. Well Evan received a good job offer from a national bank...and out of all of the places they could have placed him, he got Springfield, our hometown...where so many of our family still lives and so many of our friends ended up too.
A few years later, Connor was born. My whole pregnancy and time on maternity leave, I felt deep in my heart that I should stop working full-time so that I could be home with Connor and work from home as a freelance writer and run my photography studio. We crunched all the numbers and for a while, didn't believe it was financially even possible, let alone d0-able. But after a few months, thanks to a turn of events at my job, we made the leap of faith and have been constantly amazed at the opportunities that the Lord has brought our way.
Looking back, I am certain that God was leading me to be home so that I can now be home with both of my babies. I am certain that I would have had to quite a full-time job in order to care for Brenna if I wasn't already working from home... but instead we have learned to live on a lot less and be more frugal and purposeful with our money during the last couple of years so that now we're not being hit with the shock of losing a second full-time income.
These are just a few pieces of God's plan that have become obvious to us so that we could welcome and care for one of his precious angels.
And yet, even before we met, God's plan was in action. He knew that we would need so much support from family and friends, and our community, so he ensured that the vast majority of our family and friends would be living here in town. He gave us these wonderful people in our lives who have stepped up to give us, and our babies, unwavering support and show us what unconditional love looks like.
I am so thankful for this great plan of his and the preparation he gave us so that we are now able to care for our special girl to the best of our abilities and lavish endless love upon her and Connor.