It’s been nearly eight years since I created this blog. I was six months out from a miscarriage, about a week from discovering I was pregnant with my daughter. My husband was a nightwatchman and a seminary student; I worked in a daycare; my oldest son was about to start kindergarten in Suburbia, Iowa.
So much has changed since then– I started homeschooling; Art graduated; we moved from Suburbia to Tiny Town. We have successfully gotten three children through kindergarten, including the one I didn’t even know was coming back then when I named this blog Together for Good. My husband is a pastor and we lost another baby and my life is just so completely different than it was in August of 2008.
But the biggest thing that has changed in that time is me. In His grace, God has brought me so far from the person I was then– into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him. And one of the things that has changed is that my love of writing has become more of a calling, and I feel more and more like God wants me writing– sharing my faith here in this space. As my kids get older, their stories become more theirs and less mine to tell. And in the meantime, God is writing a new story in my life– one that I can’t ignore or keep inside.
And so, while the old content is still here and available– all the funny stories about my kids and their crazy little years– Together for Good is really shifting focus from my family and my daily life to my faith and my walk with God. Which makes me smile, because eight years ago, when I named this blog what I did, I loved how it had a double meaning. I loved how I was seeing, even then, God working the trauma of my miscarriage out for good. And I loved how it also represented our family– four about to become five– all stuck together for keeps. But today it’s more than that. Looking back I see things I never dreamed of, woven together into the fabric of my life and my family’s life to create this beautiful work God is doing. Every bitter tear and sleepless night, every early morning cup of coffee over an open Bible, every hug and moment of hilarious laughter, every bit of it– God works together for our good, if we love Him.
I am humbled an honored by each person who takes time to read my ramblings. God is so gracious. You are a blessing from His good hand.
Because of grace,
March 6, 2016