” My story is filled with broken pieces, terrible choices, and ugly truths. It is also filled with a major comeback, peace in my soul and a grace that saved my life.”
On July 6th, 2018 I awoke to a home loudly submerged in chaos. I stood in the kitchen. Breakfast on the go, as my beautiful creations ran around our home. It would seem just like any other day and to the world it was, but that day was the day that only four years ago I awoke in my home to find one of my creations had left it.
One where breakfast was not being made, but a tiny twelve pound life was attempting to be restored and where loud chaos was my broken screams, ambulance sirens, and the sounds of the stretcher that carried her tiny body being rushed into the emergency room.
I am a few months late for this post. Or maybe I’m just on time. Life has changed more this year than any of the others. Extremely difficult decisions have been made, and a new discovering of myself began.
My yearly updates have always been about progress ahead. About finding the joy in the pain and continuing to carry on through. It’s been about me surviving through the repercussions of life thereafter child loss.
Except this year was filled with set backs, brokenness, and a complete loss of who I was. This year the person I had worked so very hard to become vanished as my life was stripped back down to reveal so many ugly truths.
See that girl above? The one with her toes dug into the sand as the waves wash over her feet. Despite the last three hundred and sixty five days, she STILL survived. Despite the waves and the storms she is still standing.
This year lead to the end of her marriage.
This year lead to her being left for the first time in years, maybe ever…….alone.
This year lead her to realize that there was still a fire in her that she thought a damaging relationship and the death of her children had distinguished years ago.
This year brought her closer to her children in ways she could never imagine.
Most importantly this year, that girl, myself, has lead me to embrace the fear. Something I have avoided and battled with my entire life.
Fear was something I hid from. I thought it protected me, kept me safe from hurt, from loneliness, from allowing myself to make the wrong decisions.
……..and it did. To some degree.
It also caused me to allow thoughts of unworthiness to stay way too long within me, It stripped away amazing opportunities, and it held me back from taking chances where I had no control of the outcome.
Fear damaged my relationships and caused more loneliness and isolation as I hid my broken marriage from my friends, and church family in order to keep my got it all together image.
Fear kept me “safe, ” but fear also lied. Because it was that very thing that also kept me from finding myself.
This year I took the opporunity to embrace everything it has thrown at me. As someone who has strived to make every single decision based intentionally on the outcome this hasn’t come easily.
I’ve made mistakes, I’ve allowed myself to become too reckless at times, and I have had repercussions because of it.
But I have learned some very beautiful things not only about life, but beautiful truths about that once- was- beaten- down girl above.
The one with her feet in the ocean, a smile on her face, holding on so very tightly to one of her own.
I remember the days when I so desperately wanted to tell her.
I wanted to tell her that I knew that very image was one of the first times she breathed in not just the salty ocean air, but a peace and free-ness she had been so long without.
I tried to tell her that she was strong and beautiful….and that someday she would look in the mirror and not just see the labels, scars, and names that have been branded into her the last thirteen years.
Most importantly for so long I wanted her to know that she deserves to be loved. Wholly. Entirely in all her messiness and imperfections. That she doesn’t have to settle or feel like because of her past she is unworthy of greatness.
One thousand, four hundred and sixty days have passed since this journey of healing has began. My family looks different, my life has drastically changed, and my story has not been written the way I had imagined. If I have learned anything from my journey it seldom ever is.
I have learned that life is beautiful and ever changing. That it’s okay to live fiercely, to take chances, and to not leave possibilities undiscovered.
This year I was shown where I came from, what I’ve conquered, and the person I am because of it.
I’ve learned that in the midst of it all. God really is a “God of the hills and valleys.” That regardless of my choices and mess ups I am still loved.
I have no idea what the next chapter will bring, but I am ready because I do know one thing for sure.
That now matter how many times I’m told I can’t……I most absolutely will!
#Whosheis #Whosesheis #Shewill
Much love, Serre