So for some of you who may not know. Tyler and I have some really good friends who also have 6 kids. 5 boys and 1 girl:) And yes all our kids are the same age starting from 10 and under.
Our friends live in Arizona and we absolutely love it there. We made the 8 hour drive with 6 kiddos and it turned out ok. We split it up in 2 days and that helped. We spent 5 days with them they have a house where its ok to have 12 kids in it not like we could ask them over with there 6 kids.lol. It just works to be able to have our families there in one roof together. A big part of the trip was because I was going to go see one of my favorite woman Beth Moore. If you have never seen or heard of her, look her up her passion for God is contagious. I was so looking forward to this trip because it was a only Mama girl trip. Let me tell ya there were 2 excited Mama's to be going over night, shopping yummy food and girl time. As Moms we need to do this it only makes you a better Mama. It is also good for your kiddos to know Mama takes care of her self and its ok.
My girlfriends husband was on a business trip so he was going to be gone for part of the day while we left for our trip. So that meant one thing Tyler and 12 kids....He was very ok with this. Even letting my friend know to have her 2 older boys to stay home from school to hang out. Yes I know crazy right! You have to know my husband to know that this kind of stuff doesn't phase him. Sure it was hard and he may of lost our 2 year old for 5 minutes but he did it. A great job he did too...
Beth was just fantastic she spoke on being MARKED and what marks and scars do you carry and have you let your wound turn into a scar? It was truly such a blessing to be with Christina and her Mom Candace aka (NANA). these two woman have left a mark into my life.
I cherished this trip I think so much because we were with a family who gets it and lives it.
6 kids don't scare them just like it doesn't for us.Yet either of our families are perfect and we share our struggles and don't judge because we get it. Not to many people will get when you turn your life from what used to be normal. This calling for adoption is a full time ministry. Some might say well you wanted more kids, not true at all. If Ty and I wanted more we would have them ourselves.
We submitted to a calling into our lives from God. With Submission comes suffering too. A loss of what our old family was like,the easy way life was,t he hardships of what Tyler and I deal with each-other. We do our best everyday managing our family everyday we fail. Yet his grace is there and he brought us to this and will guide us.
Our friends deal with same and different struggles and we pray for them we can relate.
God tells us we aren't excluded from suffering but he will be there with us.
I know God puts people in our lives for a reason and this family is in our lives for a reason. A friendship that's life lasting and honest giving. Remember you can be leaving a mark on someone and not know it. Being honest with your life will help someone else that is a guarantee.
You can follow our friends and there journey at www.thelanggangloves.com
Romans 5 3-5
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.