ast night I spent a few hours looking through photos from 2012, reviewing the past year. What a year 2012 was for me! I chose some favorite photos from the past year for this post. Just reviewing these floods me with emotions, both happy and sad, but overall I am super-grateful for the Lord's faithfulness in our family's life.
No doubt about it, 2012 was a year of facing fear for me. First I had the glorious opportunity to face my fear of heights and go sky diving~ for real! That was *so* fun... if I ever have opportunity to do that again, I'd jump at that chance (so to speak!). I actually think that it'd be even more fun the second time around, now that I know what to expect.
Soon after my skydiving adventure, I was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia problem, called ventricular tachycardia. In spite of that, I was able to continue to swim, bike and run in preparation for my first half-Ironman triathlon, scheduled for September. This ended up being another opportunity for me to face fear as I trained because I never knew when the VTach would randomly act up.
We were blessed to vacation in Colorado as a family...
September arrived and I did successfully complete IM Branson 70.3. I loved training for, and competing in the half-Ironman distance.
I hardly know how to finish this post. The final 3 months of 2012 have been extremely difficult for me. On November 20, I faced fear yet again when I was forced to make a decision to leave home with the children. We are safe now, staying with my parents. Can you imagine them taking so many of us in? I can't even tell you how very, very blessed I am by my family. So many women are left with no options; I am grateful that I did have options.
I am broken and sorrowing in ways that I simply cannot express. I will not share details here, but we all would deeply covet your prayers as we embark on a very new (and at times terrifying) chapter of our lives.
This I do know: God has not changed. He remains faithful, and I am choosing to look to Him and rest in His care for us.