Dancing in the Minefields

IMG_2715I posted a song called “Dancing in the Minefields” a few years back on our anniversary.

It was the year we received hard news on the health of one of our kids. We were also going through another move, a job change, a new baby. It was a wonderful, challenging, exciting, strange time. It felt like we were dancing through some minefields. But dancing nonetheless.

Every year has been full of laughter. And learning–about each other and God and where we’re headed in Him. We’ve journeyed through 7 homes, 3 babies, 2 states and approximately 4,329,422 Lego acquisitions. It’s been a fast, funny, lovely ride.

Now here we are. Celebrating thirteen years of marriage. If you had told us we would be on the brink of opening our doors to God knows how many children not born of my body, we probably would not have believed you. If you had told us we would be ready to open our hearts to children from broken places, we probably would not have believed you. If you had told us we would be looking at our three magnificent boys and then headlong into the scripture of James 1:27 and saying, “there is room for more”, we probably would not have believed you. It would’ve sounded like too much.

But. The beauty of these past twelve years is that it’s not. Not too much at all.

We went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storm
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for

‘Cause the only way to find your life
Is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price
For the life that we have found

And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re sailing in the storm
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for

So when I lose my way, find me
When I loose love’s chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith, till the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me

‘Cause we bear the light of the Son of Man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadowlands
Till the shadows disappear

‘Cause he promised not to leave us
And his promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos, baby,
I can dance with you

(Dancing in the Minefields by Andrew Peterson)

So here’s to another year of dancing. Through minefields. Through storms. Through promises and joys. With this man it is an honor and privilege to dance through it all.