I can hardly believe that it has already been a year – 4 mamas, 3 new born babies, 2 toddlers and of course us! What a crazy experience it has been….we have learned so much from each mama, her story and journey as she moves forward. We have seen a part of who we are in each of them and it has brought out the good and ugly parts of us as we have been refined. It is a beautiful picture of honesty and vulnerability to sit with each mama as they let out exactly where they are at every time.
“If these walls could speak, there would be quite the stories: from stopped up toilets (which if you’re wondering- save your arms, forget plunging and just go straight to boiling water –fixes it every time), mice infestations and the sound of itsy bitsy spider again and again while attempting to coax a two-year-old into peeing in a big boy potty. You would hear the sound of forgotten laughter being broken back in and hear stories of the long cast away Hope being tried on. You’d hear of women all learning how to stand, how to lean in on one another, and how walls of fear fell down and crumbled when Love and mercy showed up. You’d hear of struggle, and tension, of exhaustion and how sometimes the bustle of life kept everyone so busy how even the home felt lonely. But then, mostly you’d hear of an endurance that was carried by Hope. A Hope that surprised, no matter the atmosphere or mood of the home. A Hope that was there when bad news was received, when fathers didn’t show up, or when the world seemed to gobble us up, chew us up and spit us out. A hope that left one mama saying, “How can you both just be so positive all the time?” Oh sweet mama, we have a Hope that never ever puts us to shame. That never leaves us alone. Hope was always there. It’s what kept us all going. This year I have learned so much about the power of Hope and the promises of God.” -Rachel Hanus
The truth is that no matter how bad it has seemed…..it has been crucial to not lose sight of hope. As we move forward in this journey we want our mamas to experience this hope, this peace, this love that surpasses all understanding, that heals pasts and restores futures. Pray with us, stand with us and partner with us as we move forward into another year!!