He is Good

Wanted to share these pics with you..... a little glimpse into our family.  The photographer, Candace Nelson, is absolutely amazing! Candace has a way with capturing the essence of family.  And she chose the perfect song to go with the slideshow... it's by Point of Grace and it's called. "You are Good."  Thank you Candace for giving us this gift in photos. You have a beautiful gift! 

(Also, on a sidenote....Candace does lots of photoshoots on 30A ( magical beach land) and she also comes up to the Birmingham area.... so if you ever want someone who will take great photos and put their heart into it... Candace will do just that!)

The day Candace sent the photos by email, I woke up early ( 5 am early).. which is very unusual for me. ( am usually a night bird).  Rosie came in the room that morning and climbed in bed with me. I decided to check email and there the link was to the photos. So Rosie and I sat there.. smiling... watching ... the slideshow... listening to the song...

Tears came... because as I watched the slideshow..... listened to the song... I thought about our family.... the journey we have been on....As I saw the photos of my mom and dad, I thought about the dark days we walked through ( summer 2002) when dad was in the hospital and we were not sure he was going to survive. God did save him.  My dad now has a brain injury, but I am so thankful he is still with us.  God is good.

And that same summer with dad's injury, I found out I had a chronic rare blood condition and also found out we could not have our own children......

and the song plays in the slideshow.... " When the world has gone gray and the rain's here to stay, you are still good."

The sweet simple word... "still"... yes, He is still good.

As I looked at these photos.... I remembered the sadness of the days of not having children.....I couldnt' help but remember the journey through the photos....And the journey to the place we are now......God  is soooo good.  All I have to do is look at my precious children, Sam and Rosie! They are answers to prayer... God knew all along we would have these children in our family! These joy filled children all the way from Russia!

God is good... oh, so good!

And when I see my dad... God is good... when I see my mom... who takes cares of my dad 24/7... God is good.

If I knew back in the days and years of trying to get pregnant to what I know now.... there would have been more smiles.... less tears...... and if I could have seen into the future and seen that God had these beautiful children picked out for us.... I would have jumped up and down singing! But I didn't know then....I was in a "world of gray".

When life is gray...  when we are in the middle of our sorrows, we can't see into the future, we just have to blindly trust and also, remember God's sweet and steady faithfulness in the past.

Yes, we will definitely go through hard times while on this earth... as humans... we cannot run from suffering...

but the beautiful truth is that God is good.  We may not understand everything at the time... or may not understand why things happen until we get to heaven. 

But one thing I do know... God is good.  

I still have sharp tinges of pain at times  and tears when I remember my dad in the days before his brain injury.. I remember his bubbly-ness and cheer, full of smiles and a funny joke to tell.  I miss that part of him.  But I do know that God is good.  Do I understand it all? No.. but I believe with all my heart that God is still.....

good.

And I take one look at my sweet Mike, Sam and Rosie and smile... yes, God, you are still good.  

And I look at my dear mom and dad... and my brother and his children.. and smile.. yes, God, you are still good.

We have been down some difficult pathways.  But God has held us... strengthened us... and reminded us how much He loves us.

And my heart says thank you.. thank you.. thank you....

So here is the slideshow:) .. a little glimpse into our family..... enjoy!

And may God remind you today that He is still good....

Family Photo Slideshow

Lyrics:

"When the sun starts to rise and I open my eyes
You are good, so good
In the heat of the day with each stone that I lay
You are good, so good

With every breath I take in
I'll tell You I'm grateful again
When the moon rises high before each kiss goodnight
You are good

When the road starts to turn around each bend I've learned
You are good, so good
And when somebody's hand holds me up, helps me stand
You are so good

With every breath I take in
I'll tell You I'm grateful again
'Cause it's more than enough just to know I am loved
And you are good

So how can I thank You
And what can I bring
What can a poor man lay at the feet of a king
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So I'll sing you a love song
It's all that I have
To tell You I'm grateful
For holding my life in Your hands

When it's dark and it's cold and I can't feel my soul
You are still good
When the world has gone gray and the rain's here to stay
You are still good

With every breath I take in
I'll tell you I'm grateful again
And the storm may swell even then it is well
You are good

So how can I thank You
And what can I bring
What can a poor man lay at the feet of a king
So I'll sing you a love song
It's all that I have
To tell You I'm grateful
For holding my life in Your hands"

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