The reason I decided to call this “Searching for Bird’s Nests” is because of something that happened almost 15 years ago when Rachel had cancer. She had the adult type of Leukemia when she was 2 years old. It was like walking around in a nightmare that we just couldn’t wake up from. When it was all over and we amazingly still had our little girl with us, we saw so many ways that the Lord had blessed us through that nightmare and transformed us and taught us new things we could not have known otherwise. When Rachel’s hair began to grow back, we threw Rachel’s old hair (that we had saved when it fell out) around the yard to celebrate that Rachel was still with us and that she would have hair again. A few weeks later, walking to my car, I saw at my feet a small bird’s nest that had fallen from a tree. Interwoven in all of the tiny little branches was Rachel’s hair that we had scattered around the yard. It seemed like a reminder from God that He can take the darkest, most painful experiences of our lives and weave them together into something beautiful.
We had such an amazing time in Estonia. We loved the city of Tallinn and all there was to see there, but we especially loved the people there and seeing Jordan most of all. We met many incredible people that have become very special to Jordan. It was hard to leave. One thing that surprised me was how “present” and happy Rachel was. It must have to do with having our whole family in one place and doing fun things together all day long. We saw more smiles and more joy from Rachel than we have seen in years. Here are just a few of her smiles.
The following video shows just a taste of the fun we had with Rachel being so happy on our trip. I hope we can find a way to keep this going now that we’re home!