Life has turned out to be very, very different than I ever would have anticipated. For example, I always assumed I would give birth to a few kiddos. God turned that assumption upside down. It has been our joy to give birth to Allison, to adopt Abby at birth in such an incredible and miraculous way, and to go around the world to bring Amelia into our family.
We have had our share of difficulties--many that I wouldn't recommend--but I wouldn't change things. God has used joy and sorrow and loss and redemption to begin to make of me the woman He has in mind. He has truly brought me out of captivity, may I always praise Him.