I wanted to share with you today not a new or profound piece of internet blog content or some profound piece of theology backed with Pinterest-worthy inspirational quotes.
While I enjoy aiming for such heights from time to time so that I can encourage you all in the Truth and God's Love, Nolan has stolen the spotlight on P31IT today.
I'm sure that that is fine with you, but I just wanted to warn you about the potential cuteness storm that will be taking place with this Faber family update.
That truly is only through God's intervention! God's plan for Nolan must be ridiculously special because He has changed everyone in our lives since the moment that Nolan burst on the scene. Nolan transforms lives every day, from the mundane run-in at the store to the miraculous post-op recovery where we get to share God's goodness with a bewildered and searching person in scrubs.
This month has been no exception. We've seen God in the scary moments of yesterday's surgery, the frustrating moments a few days prior and the BEAUTIFUL encounter that is behind these stinkin' cute pictures.
Nolan is sporting Remarkably Rare Designs by a fellow mom (Kristen Baugher) of a little, strong and radiant RARITY. When we met up, though our children's genetic syndromes were incredibly different, our hearts were tested the same way and our lives were transformed for the better. As we shared our incredibly rare challenges and the frustrations that accompany the isolating journeys our families' have been on, we also rejoiced in the wonders of our children and their Creator. It was an amazing experience, to say the least! Be sure to check out her website and order some cute Mommy and Me fashion for you and your little-- or just buy one of her freakin' cute tops. I have my eye on the one that says "Choose Joy". The cause is for her daughter and the larger community that shares her rare syndrome and the tshirts are made from American Apparel (so they are going to last through the wash and remain super soft).
There's just so much LIGHT here! These children are LIT UP with a special sprinkling of God's spirit. They are valuable, strikingly beautiful creations that should be a fixture in our society instead of an unfortunate splatter on the "normal world".
I'm sure my friend Kristen would agree. That's her heart behind Remarkably Rare, and I'm so glad to have been a part of that with Nolan this month. I did a guest blog sharing my personal testimony, so pop on over and show Remarkably Rare some love: http://www.remarkablyraredesigns.com/featured-family/october-18th-2014
Well guys, here's my big announcement for the Faber family. Where are we going from here?
Medically speaking? We're in the clear for a few years-- no surgeries ahead, praise God!
Spiritually speaking? I'm not sure if you've noticed, but my heart has been called far away from my own home and far away from my own closet. As a family, Jay and I have felt called to experience new places and people with Nolan and to further share God's love.
Practically speaking? We have felt called to owning much less and giving much more. We have felt called to simplify our devices, time spent on them and previously approved content. To simplify our lives and our bank accounts. We've just been shifting into this frightening territory where we are going to just do it. We are going to be set apart and it will be a whopping contradiction to our flesh (and likely will be met with adversity). We are going to do stuff that might have just been put on a bucket list from now on... and keep VIVIDLY enjoying life with our son-- hopefully remaining nearer to God than ever before in the process.
Here's why: I've prayed for a sign for about a year. I wasn't sure if we were supposed to have more kids and I wasn't sure what we should do with Nolan's education since he is such an exceptionally different circumstance. Well, I've been called back to homeschooling enough to know that it isn't my desire-- it's the Lord's. Really, I'm scared to death and think it would be a lot easier to just enroll him somewhere and "trust God", but then I feel a strong and audible "NO" in my spirit and confirmation from Jay that where Nolan needs to be is with us. That's our calling, that's our purpose.
Then, I'm sure you remember the miscarriage I had earlier this year. Well, I didn't share what happened after (and you might need a tissue). I was told I can't have any more kids biologically. There, I said it. Well, I asked for a sign. I got a big "no" again and praised God. At least I knew where my focus needed to be these next few years: again on Nolan! Thanks, God! That was pretty stinkin' clear!!
As Jay finishes his apprenticeship and degree and moves excitingly closer to his appraisal license and our future, we feel the tiniest little hurdle to finally scoot over. We're so close to the rest of our lives. What is it, though?
Well, we both have visions of the future with Nolan and it's just so divinely-inspired. We don't have all the details yet, because God doesn't operate that way.
Stay tuned, though! The three of us are being equipped for something much greater than what we could have expected and we are remaining open to God's call. Just wanted to encourage you all to swim against the tide, too, and to be content with God's no's and excited about life again. I know we are!!