Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Truth Be Told

This past year has been a tough one for me. Well, the reality is that it's been a tough one for our family. I've shared some of those challenges here and some I've kept to myself. The blog has suffered. That saddens me, as I really do enjoy writing, opening my heart, philosophizing a bit, and just keeping things updated.

The truth of the matter is that many of us have dry or barren periods in our lives. And that's how I can best describe what this last year has looked like for me. When Maia was acutely ill, people commented on how strong my faith was and how I seemed to have such a sense of peace about me. In those moments, I felt strong in my relationship with God (and my dependence on Him). I felt His peace envelop me and sustain me.

But after we got home and began to live our daily lives, the "aftermath" set in. In the beginning, I eagerly anticipated Maia's miracle. I had my expectations of how it should look. We would have our girl back, exactly the way that she was "before." Our family would return to the way it was "before." I waited... and I waited... and I prayed... and I waited... and I prayed...and it didn't happen the way I wanted it to.  Our family dynamics changed significantly because of Maia's care needs. There has been a toll on each person. Certainly, Maia lost the most, but none of us have escaped from this unscathed. And the reality is that Matthew has suffered greatly as well, which adds to more stress.

So over the past year, I have struggled. Looking back, I came to a point (not that long ago) that I can only describe as absolutely barren and desolate. Full of grief and loss... for Maia, for our family, for myself. I came across a quote on a friend of a friend's blog that seems so appropriate for what I have been feeling. This family lost a daughter to a brain tumor at age 12. Jen (the mom) wrote, "I have come to grips with the fact that 'carefree' will probably never apply to me again.  My life will always have the before, and from here on out, I will live in the after."

I was in tears as I read those words. I have the "before/after" of my first husband's death, although as time has passed, my "after" life has taken away much of the sting of that. And now, I have the "before/after" of Maia's illness. Even though it's been over a year, those feelings are still pretty raw. I miss the old Maia, I miss her every single day. I'm starting to see how my grief (and the stress/strain of the past year) has affected my interactions with my family and the world in general. It's not been pretty.

But, God reminds me that He has not left me in this journey. Even when I have not felt Him, He has been right there by my side. And He is slowly teaching me that I need to trust that He is enough. To let go of my expectations. To stop looking at the "before" and to quit worrying about the future, but to start making a difference today. I can manage baby steps and that's enough.

With that being said, I am looking forward to some regular blogging again now that I feel like coming out of my "pit" and back to the world. No promises, but that's my hope! :-)


  1. I am so happy to hear that you can begin to look forward. I felt encouraged when you were able to see the beauty in your new yard, and to feel peace there even though you had misgivings about moving to that house. I know how hard adjustment can be and how blindsided we feel when our hopes and plans do not come to fruition. But life is a marathon and staying the course is all we can do. Taking life in 15 minute chunks may be enough for today. God expects no more of us, wonder why we expect so much of ourselves? Thinking about you often

  2. Hi, Melanie, I understand the before/after and your struggle with faith. I have and still am after 3years since my husband's accident going through it too. When my husband was in hospital for 2 month's after his accident I totally lived in faith, after he came home after an additional 2month's of rehab, it was a very different story. He is different, his brain function and mental health are different. I am different too. I also lost my job a year ago, the store I worked at closed. So many hard things in a short time. I am struggling too with my faith. I was holding onto bible promises in the months after my husband's accident, they didn't seem to happen and I don't know why they were given to me. I can't give you any helpful advice or suggestions, I can say I understand.
    Jacquelene L

  3. Melanie-

    I have been so remiss in not emailing. I love you. I love your honesty as it sets a table before me in which I can be honest and real and still know that I love god even in the bad times.

    XOXO dear friend, Jane

  4. (((HUGS))) and prayers, if only life could be predictable....sigh......and maybe fair would be nice too.


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