April 13, 2010 – April 13, 2020 = A lifetime
It’s only been a decade since the car accident, but it seems like a lifetime. Not in a bad way – just in the fullest of ways. It’s been a decade marked by God’s steady faithfulness – like a gentle wind pushing us forward.
10 years ago, I was 39 with children 7, 5, and 3 years old. Well, you can add 10 ;) A lot changes from age 7 – 17, 5 – 15, 3 – 13 (and I won’t think about the fact that I’m almost 50!)
In so many ways, Anne is still the same. There will always be a part of her that remains five. Thankfully, she’s grown in maturity and self-control. She thinks about boys in one moment and Daniel Tiger in the next. She misses her friends but loves her mommy best. There’s a five-year-old and a 15-year-old jumbled up in the best way and what is left is simplicity and joy.
Canon will be a senior in high school next year and both Kate and Anne will be freshmen. It’s not easy having Anne as a sister but they are better people because of her. Anne makes us all a little less selfish and a bit more grateful.
Eric and I are anticipating a time when it’s just the three of us. Canon and Kate will leave to begin their own families and Anne will remain with us. It’s a bittersweet thought, but we are strengthened with the knowledge that caring for Anne is a holy work. She’s our jewel.
Today, my 13-year-old Kate posted this on her brand new Instagram account, “ok so today is the 10 year anniversary of the car accident and honestly i think this year i have finally fully accepted the plan that God has for my life and Anne’s :)”
My greatest desire as a parent is to see my children walk in God’s ways. My constant prayer for them is that they might have the courage to follow wherever God might lead them. Today, God gave me a glimpse that He hears my prayers, that He is always working for our good, and I can always trust him. Bring on the next 10 years!