MOMentous Monday is a series of reader submissions. For these specific posts I turn the mic over to a fellow woman/momma and they share their personal story. Today I will be sharing my little space with my friend, Samantha. She is a wife and mother of 2. We met years ago in a bible study and quickly embraced our common threads.
MOMentous Monday is a perfect example of connecting and relating with one another. You see, I know God called me to write this blog, share my story, and keep it real. But here is the problem… I have only had so many experiences and can only relate to a limited number of people with them.
However, I realized that I am surrounded by moms/women that have such beautiful stories and I want to use this space to bless you with the bravely shared stories of others.
There is something so beautiful in knowing that you are not alone.
As our oldest son turns 9 this Julyand I can’t help but reflect on his amazing life. God provided, protected and Blessed this baby from the womb just as the Bible says.
You see I was 19 and single when I got pregnant with him. I had 2 options. Put him up for adoption or keep him. I knew in my heart that no one would love him as much as I would! So I decided to take on this hard life of single parenthood. (YES at 19 years old) CRAZINESS!
3 months into this new adventure I met someone I truly believe GOD sent. (He happens to be my future husband.) We met like everyone else did in 2007 on MySpace! We talked for weeks online before we met in person. When we finally met I took my mother with me….YES, our first date was a double date with my mother. It went as awkward as you could ever imagine!
The date was great. Jordan and I talked like old friends, we clicked, and enjoyed our time together. (It was my mom making things totally weird!)
YES, our families thought we were CRAZY!
YES, we only dated for 6 months before Joshua was born…
YES, my future family of in-laws even came to the hospital for the birth of a baby that was not even related to them (yet) ALL OF THEM CAME… His Mother, Father, Grandparents, Uncle and Auntie, nephew, ALL of his cousins, and some friends.
YES, we know our story is CRAZY!!!
After 8 months of dating us… I mean really, Josh had been on all our dates with us, Jordan asked me to be his WIFE! Josh was only 3 months old at the time but Jordan asked his permission anyway! (I think he was busy blowing bubbles with his own drool!)
Jordan realized he couldn’t live without this little family, HIS FAMILY! I had never ever in my entire life met a man like my husband! I grew up with a single mom and there had never been a guy willing to take on a child that was not theirs for anything ever! How God brought not only a man who wanted to love me but also my Son was unimaginable. I could only imagine a fairytale turning out this way but God brought him to us.
My husband not only married me, took on sole financial responsibility for our family AND let me be a stay at home mother… he also wanted to adopt our boy legally. Jordan wanted to change Joshua’s name. He wanted to give Joshua his own. Out of LOVE. So in June of 2012 just before Joshua’s 5th birthday we finalized our family!
Recognized by the state of California:
Joshua Aiden Mckinzie became Joshua Aiden Dalton
What a great Birthday present right!
So back to Joshua’s 9th Birthday! This year Jordan and I will also get to celebrate our 8 ½ yr. anniversary!!! We get to remember ALL the LOVE that whirl winded around this little boy’s life as he came into this world! We get to celebrate how GOD truly does know what we need from the very beginning!
Psalms says He knits us in the womb and knows us before we are even born and because of our sons life, I believe this is true! God provided a wonderful life and safe and secure home for Josh. HE has protected him from so much in the world and blessed his future!
I hope you all enjoyed our story! With LOVE from us to you!
My heart in doing this MOMentous thing is to bring greater compassion to the unique issues we each face, as well as diminishing the isolation we find while enduring our struggles. Momentous Monday may even give you the opportunity to glean some wisdom from the brave women who have already walked the path ahead of you. If you have a story you’d like to share, let’s chat!