The Blessings of 2020

I have to admit, I had a hard time typing that title and leaving it there.

I have been one of those people who have complained about this terrible year and am eager to kiss 2020 goodbye. 2020 has felt like a perpetual BAD Monday. A curse. A nightmare that I can’t wake up from. It’s been so h-a-r-d. And I know I’m not alone in that sentiment!

But we had our little bug, Celine, join our family this year. She’s been home for almost 10 weeks now, and wow- do we feel honored to be her parents and see her start to bloom. Everyone who sees her exclaims at how wonderful she’s doing. And though we do still struggle with some things, and probably always will, she truly is adjusting REMARKABLY well to her new life. We are still bonding and attaching, and everyone being home all the time to do that has been God’s provision (even though sometimes it can feel like a burden!).

Celine’s default mode: silly!

Celine still has some medical needs that therapy can help with, but we won’t begin all that until after the new year. We are looking forward to all the Christmas traditions with her, and she is super excited- Christmas music, Santa, she enjoys it all! Of course, we can’t go see a Santa anywhere because of Covid, but isn’t that just par for the 2020 course??

Best sisters ever ❤

And something else very special has happened this year- Ruth has been a Haff for three years now! We are blessed every day by that precious, caring, talented, beautiful, intelligent child. She is growing up WAY too fast! She has been interested in fashion and hairstyles that are still a bit old for her, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming and asking! She is also genuinely interested in her birth culture, and we are encouraged by that! We have promised to take a family trip back to Nigeria when she’s old enough and see what makes her birth culture so very special- and she remembers that promise often. She is the little momma in the family, she’s always looking for ways to help her siblings, especially Celine. She is learning to read, and that is opening a whole new world for her- we are so proud of the person she is becoming. Not by anything we have done, but truly by God’s grace in her and our family’s life. She is so incredibly special to us, our precious Ruthie.

Frostys from our friend Heather for adoption month!

This year has given our family it’s fair share of heartache, stress and struggles. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus, even in the most collectively-considered terrible, no-good, awful-at-every-turn years, we can say that we are BLESSED because God still made a way for us through Jesus. Covid-19 didn’t change anything about our source of salvation. A turbulent presidential election didn’t change the path to Heaven. Cancer diagnoses, racial tension, lost jobs, damaging weather events, broken relationships.. none of these things changes the fact that God is still on the throne, and if we are born again and a part of His kingdom, whatever happens on this earth is temporary. We are promised victory, and resting in that promise can get us through anything. Even 2020.

We decorated the tree! Mom only moved a few ornaments around 😉

And if that’s what I can truly live by, knowing the promises God has made will be fulfilled in His time, then I will call this year one of the best. Not because it was the happiest, or the easiest, or the most important; but because it was one of God’s vessels in reminding me that He loves me more than I could ever know, and He is as sovereign now as He was when forming the earth. And knowing that, I should probably stop complaining about terrible 2020 is ;).

Helping Papa set up the Nativity set

So, in the spirit of homeschooling triplets, working from home and obviously not being the best at keeping the most recent information on the blog, Merry Christmas! We are going to remember, this season even more-so than others, what a precious gift our Good Father gave to be the answer we needed in a world overcome with sin. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!