Soon after the birth of my daughter several years ago, I bought 2 Giving Key bracelets with the word COURAGE. It was something I needed in a tough time in my life as a new mom who was battling things I'd never expected. I wore one for a couple of years & planned to give the other away. Last year, after a long & arduous road towards adoption, some dear friends of mine got news (much sooner than expected) that they were able to travel overseas & take custody of a little boy they'd been waiting on for a long time.
The joy of that news was coupled with intense personal health struggles. With each doctor's visit, her diagnosis only seemed to get more complicated. After being home with their little boy for a month or two - I went to a shower honoring them & their son. I knew it was time & went hunting for the 2 bracelets. I quickly found the one I'd never worn & knew the pair would be the perfect gift for this incredible couple who was choosing joy again & again through overwhelming uncertainty. However, I couldn't find the one I'd worn - so I gave them the one bracelet with a note that I'd keep looking for the 2nd.
Fast forward 10 months - I had continued to keep an eye out, occasionally even searching every pocket of every purse I own trying to find that missing key. Well I found the bracelet in a box of paperwork that it must have fallen into accidentally. I sat in the floor and cried when I found it - because my friend had posted a vulnerable and difficult update that very same day. I sent her & her husband the 2nd bracelet, which felt almost silly to me in comparison to the scope of what they are walking through.
This life offers us so many chances to give up, but I am so thankful that my friends are choosing joy, choosing love, choosing to stand with COURAGE in the face of trauma, illness & adversity. They don't deny the difficulty, but face it head on. They are leaving a legacy, and I am honored to be able to witness their incredible COURAGE. Their story is far from over!