Updated: Jul 11, 2019
When you can't do everything on your own, God will provide.
Andy and I have always had a DIY mentality. Not only do we enjoy building, renovating, and creating from scratch, but we pride ourselves in being self sufficient. Getting by on our own without the help of anyone else has always been something we strived toward. We believe in working hard, putting in the sweat, and would rather be a little uncomfortable than hire or ask for help. On top of that, we have traditionally been the “helpers.” We were always the camp counselors, RAs, and people volunteering to help those in need. Even our careers (teacher and police officer) revolve around being of service to others. We enjoy being leaders to those that need guidance and giving our time and talents to others.
“We're beyond blessed to have such an amazing support network that realized bringing Charly home doesn't mean that everything's 'all better.'”
That’s why when Charly was born it was so difficult to take what all of you wanted to so generously give. It’s second nature for us to try to make it on our own regardless of how difficult the task. For the first few weeks, whenever anyone asked how they could help, our immediate response was “just pray.” But so many of you saw the bigger picture of what we were going through and knew we couldn’t DIY ourselves through this scenario.
It’s so hard to put your pride aside and have the humility to realize that you need help. Then it’s another hurdle to actually take what people are giving, and yet another to ask. Looking back, we wouldn’t have made it to where we are without the help of each and every one of you. Friends, family, our church family, and coworkers were there to feed us, talk, listen, clean, and pray for us. People we didn’t even think remembered us and some we still haven’t met have showed us so much generosity. If it hadn’t been for all of the gifts, messages, cards, and meals we were blessed with, Andy and I would still be walking around in a daze. We wouldn’t be able to take care of ourselves nevertheless care for a medically needy child.
We can't thank you all enough for your compassion and generosity toward us during the most difficult trial we've faced thus far. We're beyond blessed to have such an amazing support network that realized bringing Charly home doesn't mean that everything's "all better." Even though we thought we reached the finish line, you were there to support us in the great challenge of home life with Charly. Charly has been home for almost 1 month and is now 3 months old. Charly is the light of our world, and brings us so much joy everyday.