Hey there! My name is Emily. Welcome to Splashes of Joy!
The past several years of my life have been quite a journey – one that I never would have imagined for myself. Through infertility, fostering, adoption, and giving birth; the Lord has been faithful. My hope and prayer is that I can share what I have learned (and continue to learn) through my unexpected path into motherhood. I pray this blog will be an encouragement to all who read it.
So let me tell you a little about me…
I was born and raised in a Christian family. I started a personal relationship with Christ when I was five years old and I have been learning more about Him ever since!
My life has always been surrounded by ministry….even before I was born.
My grandfather was a pastor. He and my grandmother had two girls; one being my mother. My mom then married my dad, who is a pastor and they had two daughters….ME and my younger sister.
The pattern seemed pretty obvious: one of us would have to marry a pastor. (Playing Barbies as young girls, we even made sure one of the Barbies married a pastor.) Of course, I figured that since my mom was the youngest in her family, it only seemed “fair” that my sister would marry a pastor. All I knew….was that it would NOT be ME!
My family moved to Brazil when I was nine, serving as missionaries with the International Mission Board. Right before my fifteenth birthday, we moved back to the U.S. and my dad became the pastor of a church in a small town located in Southern Virginia. It was at this church that I met my husband, Brandon. He was a freshman in college and I was a sophomore in high school. We met when he came home for Christmas break, and I was completely smitten.
The summer following at Christmas, our youth group went on a missions trip to Charleston. On this trip, he and I talked about our “feelings” for one another (I know….I know….it’s a sappy story). This was also the trip Brandon felt the Lord calling him into full time ministry. Which is the moment I should have known….I was in trouble. (LOL)
Brandon and I dated long distance for four years. He attended Bluefield College while I was in high school. I graduated and went on to study Psychology at Carson Newman College. As I finished college, Brandon began attending seminary at Gardner Webb’s Divinity School. Finally, the September of my senior year Brandon proposed and in July, I married a PASTOR. (Go figure!)
Jokingly, I always say I am going to write a book entitled:
From the Life of a Granddaughter, Daughter, and Wife of a Pastor.
I tell you all of that to say…
Christ had been a constant from very early on in my life. Everything about my life had been easy for the most part.
UNTIL…Brandon and I started trying to have kids after 5 years of marriage only to begin a struggle with infertility. It shook my life, my relationships, and my faith.
Let’s just say…MY WORLD WAS ROCKED!
I sit here on the other side, and I am amazed.
- After a number of fertility treatments and five miscarriages, we found out about our oldest son through a random phone call (Stay tuned to find out the whole story!)
- The Lord opened my heart and Brandon’s heart to foster care (something I said I would NEVER do).
- We fostered another child who went home to his birth parents. (my biggest fear)
- I gave birth to two boys without any medication. (which I never thought would happen.)
My life as been forever changed! As the Lord has unfolded (and continues to unfold) this unexpected plan for my life, I have learned so much about myself, about God, and about my relationship with Him.
This blog is not my idea. It is truly from the Lord. Starting this journey is a big step of faith for me….because I really have no clue what I am doing.
As you read this blog, please know that I am NOT perfect and I fall short in MANY ways. I pray that no one will ever read one of my posts feeling discouraged or inferior. The truth is, I am just a real mom, living real life….serving a real God. My heavenly Father teaches and corrects me on a daily basis. My life has its ups and downs, but the Lord has filled me with so much joy, that it just seems selfish not to allow it to be splashed onto others!
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.