Welcome back for faith walk friday #4. How do I begin this weeks post? How do I begin sharing on a topic that is near and dear to my heart while respecting the privacy of others...a topic that has shaped my life for so many years and will continue to do so forever? Let me try...
I can only imagine what a child growing up in foster care has experienced and those experiences shape the image of family you have in your mind.
Enter in two very young, imperfect people wanting desperately to be good parents but equipped only with love and a set of unrealistic expectations of what a family should look like. Suffice it to say, we made our share of mistakes...all four of us, each one carrying our own set of expectations, each one trying to impose those expectations on each other. Sometimes I wonder how we made it through at all.
God in his infinite wisdom gave us plenty of good times and just enough heartache. Good times when we needed to laugh and heartache when we needed to circle our wagons and draw close.
He used every experience to piece us together as a family, turning mismatched imperfections into a beautiful family quilt.
Now that the girls are young adults, each with a child of her own, I think we have finally learned to set our expectations aside and accept each others strengths and weaknesses.
Forgiveness and grace are still works in progress, but love...that is never in doubt.
Faithfully His, Patty