How we Overcame our Greatest Disappointment & What it means for You
Hey Hey Everyone!
We want to fill you in on what’s been happening in our (Chris & Megan Rea’s) lives and give you sneak peak of what we’re about to launch into.
It’s no secret that our family has been on a very different journey than we ever could have anticipated. Back in 2005, we had been married for 4 years and decided to expand our little family. Well, needless to say, things didn’t quite go as planned and here we are in 2016, same little family of Chris, Meg and Gunther the wonder dog.
We wanted send an update to let our family, friends, and buddies in the “blogosphere” know what was happening in our lives AND let you in on something we’re pretty stoked about! You see, we know there are questions like… Are they still trying to have kids? Are they going to adopt? How old is Gunther exactly? 😉 So WHY NOT address them all in one giant post!
Spoiler alert: Gunther will be 15 May 21st.
Where we have been: Our Journey…
Over the past 10 years Chris & I have been to over a dozen doctors, infertility specialists, natural doctors, chiropractors, and alternative doctors. We have become experts by default in a world we never knew before.
We’ve gone through an immense amount of physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. We’ve grieved in messy, raw and very real ways. But thankfully, God knit our hearts closer to each other through the process than we ever could’ve imagined. His Grace is so good.
In addition, we’ve gone to adoption and foster care conferences. Trying to be open to whatever God would have. Yet, each time, neither one of us have felt like adoption or foster care was the right option for us.
We’ve certainly learned a great deal about the Lord, ourselves, and each other through this process as we’ve been held up by countless amounts of your amazing prayers. Mainly, we learned what it is to truly be content and“the secret of being content in every and any situation.” It’s not a settling for, it’s a settling into. It’s letting our hearts be at rest as we trust that the author of our lives knows exactly what He’s doing. Thanks Apostle Paul, we have taken that verse to heart.
Where we are now: Our Currently…
We want you all to know that we are completely content and fulfilled at the stage of life we are in. We really do not want people to pity us or think we’re unhappy or incomplete because we don’t have biological children of our own. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can honestly say that we love our lives! We’re still human and while this journey is never “easy” per say; we’ve shaken our dust. Our hands and hearts are full as we completely embrace the beautiful life God has entrusted and blessed us with.
We have learned how to overcome our past disappointment, how to create a new blueprint for our lives, what it looks like to submit to God’s will and live a life worth celebrating!
We respectfully ask that everyone please save the, “don’t stop believing” speech, this is not a Journey song, this is our lives. 😉 The truth is we are open to everything God has for us and we trust Him completely with our lives both now and in the future. And should He choose to navigate us towards a new path, we’re pretty confident He will tell us that as well 😉
As you may or may not know, I (Megan) started this blog about 2 ½ years ago and we’re about to launch into a new chapter with it.
Here’s where the blog came from and here’s how it ties in:
You see, because of our journey with infertility, we know what it’s like when your life feels small, insignificant, incomplete, and even crippled for a season. We know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed and stuck and looking for a lifeline of hope. We quickly realized that marriage, kids, careers, or having the perfect (fill in the blank) aren’t what makes a life complete. When clutched too closely, those things merely become idols.
We have found that above all else, finding fulfillment in the unique purpose and plan that God has for our individual lives is what makes a person complete.
In short, we have realized that our lives are NOT small, and we want to help others do the same.
Where we are going: Our future…
To make a long story “short” (yes believe me this is short and you are AWESOME for reading btw!) we have decided to expand the No Small Life blog this year into a writing, speaking, and coaching business that helps people who feel stuck, small, and insignificant realize their potential-that their lives are not small! We want to help people overcome their past disappointments, help them rewrite their story, and live a life worth celebrating. And BOTH of us (woo hoo) will be writing, coaching, blogging, and speaking in 2016.
We believe it’s time for singles and the families that love them, to stop believing their lives are small because they are not married.
We believe it’s time for married couples without children to stop believing their lives are small because they don’t have kids.
We believe it’s time for people who work at a job they hate to stop feeling like their lives are small because they don’t have a career they love or they don’t make “enough” money.
If people are going to overcome this small and insignificant thinking, then they must be willing to grow in several key areas of their life. We have found that these key areas are all intertwined because they involve our spirit, soul and body.
These areas are:
Relationships, Health, Finances, Home, Personal Style, Spiritual Life, Career.
These crucial areas are all connected. If we feel connected to God, we feel more connected to our spouses and friends. When we feel connected to our spouses and friends it inspires us to take care of our health. When we take care of our health and we start feeling good about ourselves, we start to care about our personal style. When we start to care about our personal style that spills out into creating great spaces in our homes that spark creativity and rest. When that happens, we begin to feel like anything is possible and we get inspired to upgrade our career, and fulfill our dreams and destinies. As we begin to go after our dreams, we begin to believe that we can get out of debt, and have more than enough with our finances so that we can live and give like no one else. And the cycle continues…
It’s all tied together, every sinew of our lives. And friends, so many people are stuck feeling “small” in one or several of these crucial areas! It’s time to break free of the mindset that can hold you back for years and realize you can live a fulfilling life that is worth celebrating now!
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have been through. You can overcome past pain, past mistakes and live the life that you were destined to live. In case you can’t tell, we’re pretty passionate about this 😉
So passionate in fact, that we are dedicating our lives to helping people break free of the past and live an abundant life worth celebrating!
That’s our story and that is where we stand today. We are excited about the season of life we’re in. We’re purposely working at upgrading our lives in all 7 of these areas and having a ball doing it!