The world is a lot bigger with a lot more views and perspectives and stories than you probably realize or know yet. At 32, with kids of my own, I'm still learning and growing myself and the older I get, the more I realize how much there is still to learn. Be open to those stories and to learning from others. Be open to changing your mind about some key things you've held dear. At the same time, hold onto those core beliefs you have and know that God is big enough for your questions, your doubts, your considerations, your mistakes, your hurts, your healing, and your heart, mind, and soul. As you venture out into the world and continue deciding who you are and what you want out of life and what you'll do with the challenges you'll face, remember that you are loved, and not just because of falling in line with the right things, but because of who you are, regardless of anything else. You are loved.
Andrew and Melanie fell in love over late night snacks, dozing off in the middle of studying for exams, words, and a shared love for stories. We see stories everywhere: in the little day to day incidents and in the bigger sagas over days, months, and years of our time. We cherish the stories that root us and we rest in the Story that gives our lives meaning. We love seeing the threads of stories come together in gut-busting, belly-laugh-inducing, choke-on-your spit ways, and we love the gentle, quiet, easily missed stories that ultimately can play a bigger part in our lives than many other more obvious stories. We're young, we're old, we're growing, we're learning. We make a lot of mistakes, fall down a lot, struggle with life, sometimes sit in our sadness, but ultimately we pick ourselves back up again and keep on trekking. We're on a journey of parenthood now and have been for over ten years, learning and growing into it right along with our six children.