Maas Family, December 2020

Well, another year has past. And here we are, already a month into 2021. Y’all don’t mind a 2020 reflection in February of 2021, right?

All I can say is I wish I had kept up with my blog last year. As most of you know it was a whirl wind and not just because of COVID. Between Chris’ cancer, being pregnant with our miracle baby, and all the crazy that COVID brought to the table, it was a hectic year to say the least.

BUT… we were blessed nonetheless.

Yes, Chris was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer in February, but he also got clear scans showing NO cancer in October. It was a difficult battle, but he came out on the other side of it with new perspective, and so did I. All within a week or two of each other we found out Chris had cancer and I was pregnant with baby number two. Both a total surprise. We knew from the moment we learned about each that God had big plans for that year and they were good plans. We just had a road filled with some battles to learn what we needed to learn. We were reminded again in 2020 that it’s about the journey, the process, the leaning into the tough times. I’m hard headed, so it’s no surprise I have to learn this lesson over and over again. So human.

And God blessed us wildly in the storm. He blessed us with Chris beating cancer, and a baby girl I had prayed for almost two years prior. A second baby I thought we would not have after. After prayer and trying and three failed IUI treatments, God said all in His timing.

He is bigger than all things. Period.

So here we are in 2021. Hoping for a fresh start. A turn for the better. A New Year. It’s started with a bang, has it not? Two snow events. As I type this, there is about 5 inches of snow on the ground, and many in the state are without power including us. There are rolling blackouts. Water shortages. Schools and businesses are closed. We can’t get on the roads and even hospitals are operating on emergency services only.

Still, we are learning that we are thankful and blessed. Communities are coming together just like God would want them to. How inspiring! We have been helped and been able to help others. What a mighty God we serve!

So I face 2021 with one word that I have to keep reminding myself about: Eternal. Change my perspective. See things with a different lens than a worldly one. Focus my goals around that word. That focus. A focus on God’s will, not my own. It sounds simple. It’s not. It’s hard. It’s work and I have already failed at that work many time and it’s only February, but I know it’s important work. For myself, my family, our community.

There is change coming for this family. I have felt it for some time. It has been falling into place over the last year. Soon we will have an announcement. I won’t miss the opportunity to document it here and share it with you all.

Stay tuned folks. I hope you will go on this journey with us. I hope you will share your journey as well!

Peace, Love, and Eternal Perspective,
April

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