where i have been.

Those of you who have been reading this blog long enough have probably guessed that some things have been amiss. 

Ever since our trip to Baltimore a couple of weeks back, my world has been turned completely upside down.  It has been a crazy couple of weeks...without getting into too many details...since that trip I have:

had to walk away from unhealthy family members, leaving them solely in the hands of God.  Our only relationship for now will be my prayers for them and their restoration through Christ.

Being walked away FROM by other family members because of the choice we had to make above.  Being lied about and hurt in the process.  But knowing and recognizing that the enemy works in many ways to have us doubt our choices. 

My brother went overseas to Iraq for a year.

My best friend suffered a loss so great that I can't even begin to understand the depths and seas of her grief. 

My little sister moved in with us...and then moved out again. 

We got a kitten. :)

So needless to say...all my time and energies have been put to those areas, on top of all my other mommy and wife duties. We are starting to climb out and trying to use this Spring as our moving forward point.  We are blessed far beyond what we deserve and we know that our God is good and big enough to handle whatever we have to give him. :)

And I do want to do another McCheatsalot quilt...so hopefully I can show you how to make your own.  



Megan said...

Crystal...you are in my thoughts and prayers.

That's a lot of life!

the thrifty ba said...

i HATE upheaval in my life! i too have waled away from family memebers (my parents) and although it has been a hard 4 years, it has been the best thing ever, i am so much more at peace with my life.
be strong, when you know you are making the right choice, it might be painful.
but worth it in the end.
as for the kitten-you are on your own there!

Sara said...

As someone else who has had to walk away from my family and leave them to the Lord, know that you are being prayed for. If you ever need to talk to someone who understands let me know. It can be a lonely time.

Leah31 said...

I'm so proud of you Crystal - so many people with AWFUL extended families NEVER set boundaries, and just let themselves (and their immediate families) suffer as a result. You have done the most loving thing you could possibly do for yourself, Doug & the boys, AND the toxic extended family.

I'll be praying for your bestie - I had a feeling this had happened.

MUST do one of those collages. TOO cute and it would make such a great gift for all the grandparents (we have 4 sets these days.)

Hooray for moving forward with Jesus!!!!!!!!!

venus said...

Take care my friend. We will always be here and we will wait. I am so so sorry for all the heartache that's going on and I pray for you and your family.

Dawn said...

I have been wondering if things are okay with you! I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I'm looking forward to another McCheatsalot quilt - can't wait to see how you did it!

SarahRachel said...

Crystal- I am so sorry. Wow. I've missed your blogging, but you absolutely have had more important things to deal with. I just said a prayer for you. Love ya.

E said...

What I love MOST about your blog is your genuine honesty. Thank you for sharing what's been going on in your life.

I had to make a similar decision about a family member (although I didn't feel like I really had a choice in the matter) about three years ago. It has been a HARD journey, but I PROMISE you prayer pays off. (As if you didn't already know that!)

You and your adorable family are in my thoughts!

Amy said...

Crystal--I know the backstory so I can only imagine what a difficult time this is for you. Lots of challenges. But it sounds like you are started to climb out and move forward. Here's hoping Spring offers the chance for new beginnings!!!

Crafting by Candlelight

Charity said...

I love to follow your blog and can only say that I am sorry you are going through a hard time. Keep the faith, and know that YOU are doing what is best for YOU and your family.

Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours,


Cailie said...

I'm so sorry! I'll pray for you. My husband's family has people in it I could see us having to do this oneday and I'm praying that they will turn back to the Lord! Have fun with the new kitten! They're so cute when they're little! I actually only like kittens and not cats haha!

Beth said...

many prayers your way...stay strong.
ps iraq sucks...my dad has been on 2 year-long tours. godspeed to your brother.

Petra said...

Hang in there!

I don't know all the details, but thankfully you have 3 amazing men in your life to make up for all that other toxic stuff!

I'm feeling a little emotionally buried as well... not due to family, but other "life" decisions that need to be made. I keep trying to tell myself that "God only gives us what he knows we can handle".

Molly said...

You are in my prayers friend :)
~Molly P

Jaimie said...

You are so strong to share that all with us. I've been through plenty of big-time family dramas. It always seems to work itself out if you let the situation leave you for a while.

Tina said...

I know that I do not know the details but I know the feeling with the family stuff. The despair and grief that that can cause. I totally love your blog because it helps lift me up and inspire me to keep making time for the one thing that brings me such joy - family and a hefty dose of my sewing machine. Keep the faith and know that the more we lean on the Lord the more He helps us.

God luck and God speed.

Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama said...

Crystal, saying a prayer for you and your sweet family, also for your bestfriend.

Mimi-n-Moe's Mom said...

Sometimes you do have to walk away. It doesn't mean you are harsh or cruel. It means you are protecting yourself and your family from unhealthy people and influences. We can only do so much for another person. They must be willing to do something for themselves as well.

Good Luck to you. I hope you can stick by your choices...it is hard, but probably for the best.

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