We have three amazing children.
Young people now, really.
The one I talk most about
is the one I spend the most time
with....that girl of mine.
Chelsea has gone through
two years that have been the hardest
in her life and in ours.
Anorexia was the enemy.
It was awful!
There is no other way to put it.
Anorexia sneaks in and hijacks
relationships, lifestyles and happiness.
Well, it tries to do that.
Sometimes the people involved are
stubborn enough to resist.
We are pretty stubborn.
But even so
we endured a very hard and
very stressful couple of years.
But, the one who had it the
hardest was Chelsea.
She had to learn to eat again.
She had to learn to accept the body
that her DNA and Creator
Chelsea had to learn to fill the
emotional needs for love and acceptance
with her Heavenly Father.
To look outward and reach to minister to others.
She endured being let go from a job
because they thought she was not
outgoing and confident enough
to handle a Summer Ice Cream rush.
Can I insert here that upon
receipt of her driver's license this
was one of the first places she drove
by herself just to say hello
and show how strong and outgoing
she has become.
While I wanted to send a scathing
letter to that former employer telling
them what I thought of their heartless
treatment of my girl she said no.
A year later she handled it herself
in a way that set it all right
and left her on good footing with that
Chelsea has a wonderful employer and
managers at Sight and Sound Theater.
Interestingly they have her on one of the
busiest registers and tell her all the time
that she does
a wonderful job.
They recently asked her to work
more hours and increased her pay.
I don't think so.
I have a lot I could say...
but suffice it to say that yelling and
screaming at teenagers does not build
Her former employer could take lessons
from Sight and Sound!!
The formal treatment for Anorexia is done.
Chelsea has reached her healthy weight
and more importantly has had a change of
Our girl is well.
But it was an internal and spiritual change.
One that she expressed so well on an
application for YWAM.
Yes, that is in the works.
In a little over a year our little
girl will, Lord willing, be on a plane
headed to Australia.
She will go to Descipleship Training School
there and then off to Cambodia or Thailand
for her mission trip.
Working with girls and women
who have been rescued from slavery.
She will be gone from here
at least 5 months.
God has lit a fire in the heart of our
Chelsea. She is reading, studying and learning
so much about missions, the world
and its conditions.
The contrast to our lives of one year
ago today is amazing.
I am so very thankful!
And....as I told Chelsea yesterday...
I wouldn't trade her for ANYONE!
She is a gem.
Made by God to be just
who she is.
With experiences that will shape
And which provide her with
compassion and understanding
beyond her years.
As for me....
there are bottles of hair color that
can restore that which I have lost.
I'll be forever thankful
that we did not lose our daughter
physically to death,
or in relationship,
during these hard times.
Praise God for His
grace and mercy
in our lives.
We are blessed!