Just As We Are

This morning a familiar worship chorus kept repeating itself in my head.

Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart
Come, just as you are to worship
Come, just as you are before your God

And it really spoke to me.

Our summer felt really long.

The year of surgeries with Evangeline mixed with so many unknowns for Eliza really seemed to take it’s toll on this mom of many, and I felt so inadequate to continue sharing our story with all of you.

It seemed like the days blurred into one another without ever defining themselves as anything worthwhile to share with you. They felt hard, and getting through them took so much effort for me.

Now I find myself wanting to catch you up, to bring you up to speed after this glaring absence on my blog.

I have pictures to share of our summer, and of Eliza’s first birthday here in the states with her family.



She’s doing so well.


Andrew is nineteen. Really?


Evangeline is running all over the place on a leg she couldn’t move at all just a few months ago.


And Sophia and Livi are decorating our home with flowers.


Today, amidst the busyness of homeschooling and the inconsistencies of our days, I was overwhelmingly aware, that God longs for us to come to Him, just as we are, sometimes broken and weary and sometimes empty.

It’s not what we can bring to God that matters. It’s what He can give to us.

He longs for us to come to Him, just as we are, empty and needy. And once we’ve been with God, His love and grace fills us and makes us new.

And I really needed to remember that today.

Blessings All!

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  1. Leese says:

    SO, SO good to have even a little update! As I said in a comment a bit ago, I started to worry. I have been and will continue to pray! I’m glad you’re back!

    (And holy cow does Eliza look old in that pic in front of the fridge!)
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    • Diane says:

      Hi Stacey,

      It’s great to hear form you! I’ve missed your comments and encouragement. Hope you are well too!


    • Diane says:

      Oh sweet Laurel,

      Thank you for your honesty and and for sharing. I love you. Love your heart, and will pray that God will indeed bring restoration to your weary soul.

      God bless you.


  2. Stacy says:

    You don’t know me, but I’ve been following your family’s journey for some time. I have been praying since August that all was well and that God would carry you through whatever seeing you were in while you weren’t blogging.

    Thank you for sharing your heart.

    Stacy, mommy to special needs kiddos brought to us by God and one homemade little brother.

      • Diane says:

        Oh Stacy,

        I do know your comments and how your faithful comments have blessed me. Thank you for your prayers. I appreciate them more than you know, and hopefully in time will share my journey this summer.
        You bless me.


  3. Claudia Huisman says:

    Good to hear from you, Diane! The children look so beautiful, happy and loved. They’re in the right place. Keep the posts and pictures coming 😉
    Warm regards, from The Netherlands 😉

    • Diane says:

      Hi Sweet Claudia!

      It’s great to hear form you! Thank you for always commenting and encouraging me! You are a blessing!

      Someday I’m going to make a trip to the Netherlands and have coffee with you, sweet friend!


  4. Penny says:

    So true!! And SO good to see you writing again. 🙂 Like others, I was beginning to worry. I think of you and often and was praying that everything was OK. I know that’s a relative term!….

    Eliza and Evangeline look wonderful!

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