God continued to show our family His grace, mercy, and favor during 2008. We were again granted safe travel from our old home in Germany to our new home in Washington state. We were given comfort when my father passed away just 9 days later. We were supported by friends and family who love us. The same family and friends who had seen us though a difficult pregnancy 5 years ago were the ones who sent their encouragement when we finally received Isaiah's cerebral palsy diagnosis in 2008. As the financial world seemed to be crumbling and we watched gas prices go from the ridiculous to the sublime, God blessed us with more fuel efficient vehicles and shorter commutes. As unemployment reached an all-time high, James' job was not only secure, but he was able to find additional seasonal work to help out with the holidays. He was home in 2008, not in Iraq or Afghanistan, when he witnessed his son take his first steps.
Plenty of people will try to make you believe 2008 was by all accounts a dud. But to me, it's all about perspective. And from here, all I can say is "Thank you, God, for seeing us through."
May God continue to bless you and yours in the new year.