In the span of about 3 minutes, I was able to flashback the past 3 1/2 years.
Today Eli, Cara, and Brady presented their part of our church's Christmas program. They recited their bible verse and sang a song, along with cousin Aubrey and good friend Carson. The 5 of them make quite an adorable group.
And during their brief time on stage, it was as though their whole life flashed before me.
As Brady took the microphone and recited his verse, I thought about the three of them in the days following their birth. They were tiny, had wires and tubes attached to them, and they each were snuggled up in their own isolette in the intensive care unit.
When Eli recited his verse I thought about going into their nursery at night, seeing the three of them asleep in three cribs, and remembered the tingles I would feel all over my body at the realization that they were all mine.
And when Cara proudly said her verse, I remembered the day that they were dedicated at church. Matt and I were so proud that day to present our three healthy babies to our church family.
Finally when they sang their song, my eyes welled with tears at the sight of them all together up there. So many memories...good times...tough times...brought us to this day. I would be lying if I said I didn't think about Brady's cancer journey as I watched them. The familiar ache in my heart was there as I recalled those first days after the diagnosis. I must have wondered a million times if we ever would get to days like today.
But we did get there. God knew just how much today would mean to us. Perhaps just another Christmas program to some. For us though, it was just another confirmation that God does indeed make everything beautiful. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (actually all of Ecclesiastes 3 is a great reminder of God's perfect providence!)