Posted on March 6, 2018
There’s a blizzard in Minnesota right now. It’s a white out, 8 inches in 4 hours. It’s tremendous.
When Lila was outpatient between her first and second rounds, we were walking from St. Mary’s to the Ronald McDonald House and I was afraid she was going to slip on the snow and I kept ordering both her and Miller to “STEP WITH PURPOSE!” I told Dr. Roman about that and it, ironically, stuck with her and since then whenever there’s been bad weather she’s reminded me to be careful and step with purpose. She reminded me tonight.
My purpose in life is to be my children’s mother. It always has been. And all the steps I took to become their mother, were all purposeful because they brought me to the intersection of love, time and biology to make those miracles. Those steps along the way, though, to think back on them, how can you ever know what’s ahead? How can you ever predict how your path with mold you? How the relationships you have and friends you make will affect you or how you’ll need them? Shouldn’t you always try to step with purpose? But isn’t it only really in the looking back that you see how purposeful it all was?
I remember the exact moment when I knew one of the absolute most important things I wanted to give my children was a home and a place they could claim and call it theirs. And I knew in my heart, I wanted West Point to be their place, their home. I wanted to give them that gift.
While we are in this tremendous storm of uncertainty, I know we aren’t alone. We can’t see the obstacles in front of us, but I know we aren’t taking these steps alone. I thank God for my friends. I thank God for my town. I thank God for my family. Thank you for taking each purposeful step with us. We love you, we are humbled by you, we thank you.
“We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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