Needless to say, to come back to see the challenge "Life's Trials That Made Me Better" was a little depressing. Some trials are a little too personal to share with the world, but some are universal and understood by everyone. To decide which ones to share, and which ones truly made me better, or just changed me, definitely makes this one of the most difficult lists.
Losing my Dad & Stepmom - I lost my dad suddenly when I was a young mom, and my stepmom shortly after my fourth child was born. I don't know about better, but dealing with grief has a way of making you stronger.
Postpartum Depression - Hindsight is 20/20 and there were things that could have been done differently, but more than anything I know I can get through it and hopefully help other moms recognize the symptoms.
Marital Ups and Downs - I am blessed with a healthy marriage, but having children, moving, changing jobs and life in general can strain one person. Two people struggling to adjust to a new family dynamic learn to trust each other more and pray more--making themselves and their relationship stronger.
Watching Family Make Mistakes - When you watch someone you love shut people out, destroy relationships, go down the wrong path, struggle to grow up . . . it's heart-wrenching. When all you can do is pray, certainly that makes a person grow closer to God and love others more.
Homeschooling - It's not a trial in the same sense as the others, but I do think it's test. It's hard. There are days that I want to throw in the towel, but honestly, when we persevere and reap the benefits, it makes every difficult moment worth it.
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