What's in a name?

The world of blogging looked fun, so I decided to try it out. It will mostly be for people I know, but I am including a few pages for those that don't really know me.

I thought that even those that knew me would like to know what the title means, so I thought I should explain a bit of why I chose the title. I can tell you that I agonized for a long time over the name. Most of the ones I wanted were taken, but then there were plenty that were not.  My biggest challenge was this: How do you name a blog that could include everything from the little milestones of children to my opinions on the more serious issues that come up in everyday life? After browsing through literally hundreds of Mom blogs and looking at names and blurbs, I got the name and subtitle right away. “A Longing Fulfilled” is really a “celebrat(ion) of the joys and contemplat(ion) of the trials of getting what I always wanted…” a husband and a family.

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to get married and have a family. I didn’t even plan to go to college. I thought I would be just like my mom and get married right out of high school and follow that up with a quick succession of children. As is often the case when you allow God to control your life, I did not get the timing I wanted. Proverbs 13:12 says, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Though my heart sometimes felt sick at the waiting, I have thanked God many times that I did not get my timing. As I struggle through the realities of marriage and parenting, I am thankful He took his time. I am glad I got more of a chance to grow up before being faced with the challenges that come up in family life.

I am grateful that I am on this journey, and I am hoping that starting this blog will help me to remember it. I hope it is filled with humor and that I am able to glean and share some wisdom from those that have walked before me. It is my hope that this will be a place that my family can keep up with what is going on in our lives, but also a place that gives hope to others on their own journeys. I look forward to seeing you here!