Addis Adventures, Faith, Family, Grief, Holly Tacos, Mistletoe Ferdenand, Mistletoe Hymn

Bouncing Back From a Grieving Season

What a year this has been for so many of us. The pandemic hit what seemed LIKE IMMEDIATELY after the new year started, and we have all been left in a perpetual state of uncertainty ever since. Although this year has been filled with so much sickness and loss, it hasn’t all been bad for the Addis Clan.

When the pandemic hit, I was asked to guest teach some of my favorite kiddos on this earth! That was a lot of fun! We talked about the Proverbs of the day and their responses to scripture blew me away – they are wise above their years that’s for sure! Love these kiddos so much!

Darin and I moved in to our new place and THAT has been a blast! We love our new humble abode and have truly enjoyed it so far!

I’ll get pictures of the new place at some point haha…..

Our sweet cousin nephew graduated from high school! What a blast his celebration was. We had spent months quarantined from one another, that it was nice to gather and celebrate with family!

AND Mistletoe and Holly had pups!!! Oh, what a season that was!! She gave birth to ten sweet puppies, sadly one of them did not make it. We named her Summer and buried her under a tree in our backyard. Sweet Summer broke our hearts when she didn’t make it. Seven of these sweet guys went to AMAZING homes and I’m so thankful that I hear from the new owners often. Yes, two of them stayed with us and it has been SO MUCH fun watching Mistletoe and Holly have a little sweet family. It really has been fascinating! BUT WHAT DID WE GET OURSELVES INTO!?!? FOUR giant dogs now! UGH, Lord help us! And NO MORE DOGS…….. I still want a CAT!

Last but not least, we FINALLY officially launched Egret.Work! If you are a mama or a woman wanting to work from home, you have got to check us out!

So, as you can see, God has been SO amazing during this crazy season. I’ve been on a journey of grieving my dad and praying for our country. Even though so much has seemed heavy this year, God has BEEN SO GOOD…….But that is who He is. Is it not? He’s SO full of love and grace, even in our darkest of seasons! And this season, this year……hasn’t been the brightest of years. BUT…..in His infinite goodness, He somehow always seems to make it feel like it could possibly be one of the best years yet. I honestly can’t get over this about Him. How He makes everyday new. How He overwhelms us with NEW mercies every single morning! How His love shines through the cloudiest of days.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17

Psalm 34:17 says it all y’all! He delivers us. He meets us where we are and brings HIS Heaven onto our earth! Every day, I thank Him for the beauty He bestows upon me every single day. This year hit hard for so many. If you are reading this and you feel alone and wonder if God sees you……. please do know, the He hears you, but not only does He HEAR you….but He DELIVERS you.

I feel like I’m finally stepping out of the grieving season. My heart still hurts. I’m sure I’ll still have days where the loss of my dad hits me like a ton of bricks. Just like I still have days where the losses of our sweet babies we miscarried hits me into next week. But, the grief…..the heavy heavy grief isn’t no where near as bad. I now am able to wake up and embrace the new mercies instead of laying in bed spending moments digging deep inside trying to find those new mercies I knew God gifted me with that day. They were always there, just buried deep deep down inside the broken pieces of my heart. Grief does that, right? It tries to steal your joy, your peace, your new mercies…… just know, that’s not God. God is the one next to you reminding you of love, of His grace, His blessings. That FIGHT that is still in you fighting to get through the day, even with that heaviness weighing on you so heavily, that’s GOD fighting FOR YOU and WITH YOU!

Grief doesn’t have a calendar. You can’t schedule it. You can’t pencil it in to your day. Sometimes it comes out of no where and knocks you off your feet. It’s okay. Go with it. Feel it. Embrace it. MOST IMPORTANTLY, invite God into it with you! Don’t go through grief alone! Know that it doesn’t last forever, and that God wants to see you through to the other side. Do at least one thing normal every day, until you are finally living life again. God knows your heart. He knows your pain. He also knows YOU WILL MAKE IT THROUGH THIS! I promise you! HE promises you!

Grief doesn’t have a calendar. You can’t schedule it. You can’t pencil it in to your day. Sometimes it comes out of no where and hits you like a ton of bricks.

Spend time with God today. Trust Him with your broken heart. Whether it’s the loss of a parent, or the loss of a child or pregnancy, or the loss of a relationship or a job. Grief finds us all at some point in our lives. Nobody is exempt from it. BUT God will meet you right where you are with all of your sorrow. He won’t let you go through it alone!

I’m praying for you! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like me to pray with you!

xoxo,

Crystal

Family, Grief

Sometimes It Takes…..

Sometimes it takes the flu slowing you down enough to realize you have neglected your sweet little blog……

Here I am friends! It’s been quite the minute since I’ve actually blogged! I would say I promise to get better, but I feel like I’ve said that SO many times…..and then life starts and I find myself going months and months (again) before I write. BUT, how about this…… I will TRY my hardest to not neglect this little space of the internet I get to call my sweet blog!?

A lot has happened the past few months. The pandemic has brought a lot of ups and downs for so many. I pray for our world and our country every day. At the end of it all, I hope that we will all learn to love more and complain less. I pray we stop taking so much for granted. In a blink of an eye, it can all change…..and I guess it did change, huh?! I sometimes wonder if things can or will ever be the same for our nation, for our world.

This year has brought a lot of loss for so many. One of the biggest and most heartbreaking updates in my life is that I lost my dad in June, and it has been a bumpy season of healing and moving forward. To anybody who has lost a parent, my heart goes out to you. The pain is real. I’ve learned a lot and my faith in my God has grown! He has shown Himself in so many ways. It’s hard to ignore the beauty of who He is in our lives, even in the midst of pain. I’m thankful for the people in my life who stepped up and stepped out to show their support and love. It is a beautiful thing when community comes together to show they care. THAT is what this world needs more of. Maybe one day I will write a blog post on the loss of my dad, but right now it’s just too fresh and I still don’t know how to put it all into words.

What I will talk about right now though (and to end this post with something positive and beautiful), is how amazing my dear friend Katelyn is. She has been a God send. I don’t tell her enough and I definitely don’t show it enough, but Katelyn, you are one of the greatest humans in my life! I’m thankful for you! Your support and love is something I value so much! Thank you Katelyn! You are a jewel in my life! I think about you every time I drink from my Jesus and Coffee mug you gifted me with!! I love it and I love YOU! Words can’t express how special you are to me and my little family!

Well, I think this is it for now. Sorry it’s such a short and sweet blog post. I’m a little tired and my meds are definitely kicking in! I hope to see y’all on here more! 🙂

xoxo,

Crystal