go forward with faith

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a few months ago, Adam and i graduated from Brigham Young University.
Adam graduated in Physiology & Developmental Biology. & i graduated in Family Life with an emphasis in Human Development.

i look back on the last year and constantly think to myself,
“how in the heck did we accomplish that!?”

when we found out we were going to have a baby, one of my biggest fears was that i wouldn’t finish school.
i knew Elijah would be born right before our last year so it seemed foolish to give up after so many years of hard work, but it also seemed impossible to somehow get both of us to finish while taking care of a little human being.

but somehow we did it.
quite miraculously we did it.

we were able to balance our schedules enough so that there was always one of us home with Elijah.
since i was nursing him, i was able to fix my schedule so that i was only gone 2 hours at a time.
the perfect window of time between his feedings.
a window of time i didn’t know would be perfect when i first arranged my schedule.
but it was.

a week after Elijah was born, i signed up to take a class so that i didn’t have to go full time in the fall or winter.
everyone told me it was crazy.
if i went back in time, i would tell myself it was crazy too.
but through all the sleepless nights, i finished the class with high marks.
blessing. 

then, i needed a capstone class and was planning to sign up for one this last summer, extending my graduation.
but money was tight, my patience & energy was running thin, and i didn’t think i would make it.
and all the internships available at the time took me away from my baby & didn’t feel right to me.
then the opportunity to work with StrongerMarriage.org literally popped up in my inbox.
when i was interviewed they said i was their first choice and offered me to position, promising i could work from home for only 10 hours a week, fulfilling my capstone, and letting me graduate on time.
grateful.

i can’t take credit for anything that happened. or how everything fell into place perfectly.
i know the Lord did it all for me.

but i do want to offer some words of encouragement.
if you are in a position where you don’t think you can accomplish your goal anymore, just take one more step,
try one more time,
keep going.
because you will find the strength you didn’t know you had.
and the Lord will provide!

and then you will look back with a sense of pride and accomplishment for what you were able to do.
and you will believe in yourself more than you did before.
and you will know you can get through it
because you already did it once
because He has always been there.

trust
and go forward with faith.

13 comments:

Ruthie Hart said...

what an amazing story! Giving you a pat on the back for graduating girl!! Heck I had no baby or husband and I was a ball of stress in college!

Lauren Gardner said...

wow. Thanks soooo much for sharing this. I needed to hear it! We are kinda struggling right now too. I am losing my job, I am 4 months pregnant and the primary financial provider for my little family. Things are super stressful right now and i dont really know how we are gonna make it work, but I love and appreciate your story! THERE IS HOPE! :)

Monica and Whitney said...

Love this post! You guys are adorable. So glad I found your blog.

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Amy said...

Congrats on both of you graduating. We had a very similar story with finishing school when our oldest was born. Isn't it amazing how everything just manages to fall into place. Great thoughts for every aspect of life -- go forward with faith.

Autumn said...

I love the little miracles that happen when we just ask for them. Thanks for sharing your story :)

Cassie said...

I love this post! Congrats to both of ya'll for graduating! I am so glad ya'll were able to continue with college while having a baby, that has got to be super hard!

Thanks for sharing this story! Your an inspiration Meg! =D

Alexis Kaye said...

you make me have faith I can somehow have a baby!

Erin said...

You're just incredible....simple awesome! You accomplished so much!!

Emma Frances said...

You are amazing! :] I don't know how you did it but you did and now you are inspiring so many other people to believe that they can do hard things as well!

Sunni said...

Thank you Megan. This was just the bit of extra encouragement I needed to get going on in life. :)

Sami @ The Lotus Thrives Anyway said...

Congrats to you both! What an incredibly story, so happy for you both!

theolivetree said...

praise god! What an amazing accomplishment :)

Polkadot-pretties said...

Thank you for linking your post up over at YOU “inspire” link up, hope we will see you tomorrow :)
Claire xox

a huge congratulations :) well done xoxo