When Adam kicked us out of the house, I wish I could have had just a glimpse of how wonderful and full of love would be today, seven months later. I wish I had not spent three months crying, unable to be a mother to Adaline, waiting for the day he would come back for us. He wasn't ever planning on coming and getting "his girls" and I wasted far too much time waiting on something that was never going to happen.
I wish I didn't spend the first six months bombarding him with pictures and videos of my sweet angel baby, for him to not even send back a simple text saying "thank you". I wish I had not let it break my heart that he didn't ask what she was doing, how she was growing, that he didn't make time to skype her. I wish I didn't let that distroy me for so long, she is so much better off with out him.
I wish I didn't spend the last seven months praying for GOD to put my family together again. Though I know he works in mysterious ways, and was doing just that all along, I just didn't know it yet.
I wish I knew who my real friends were. I wish I knew who would run to Adam and tell him all the things I didn't want him to know. I wish I knew that even though your heart breaks when your best friend doesn't understand your hurt, and they leave you because it becomes too much for them to help carry your load...that there will be other friends. Wonderful, supportive, understanding strong women that would come into my life and make me whole again. Those women will be standing next to me when I marry the man who will raise my Addy, some old friends, some new, because they stood with me in the Storm.
I wish I had started crossfit sooner. I wish I had known how humbling it would be, how strong I would become...I wish I knew the beautufil, wonderful "family" that would come with it. I wish I knew how strong it would make my heart. I wish I knew how much less willing it would make me accept anything less then the best from everyone.
I wish I changed my phone earlier. I wish I started treating Adam as a stranger that he had become, months ago. I wish I stopped taking his calls, and I wish I hadn't been so nieve to think that he was going to come home. I wish I didn't believe his lies. I wish I could have seen what I see now...I wish it hadn't had to hurt oh so very much.
Standing where I stand today, I can only see happiness. I can see a man who will ultimately raise my Adaline as his own. I can see someone I can love, and make a family with. I can see MY family, my mom & dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins...and I know I am home. I know I am exactly where I belong. I know I am strong. I know our life will be so much more beautiful then I could ever have imagined seven months ago.
You never know how good it can be when things are so bad that you can't even breathe. When you question what you did wrong, and why you were being punished this way. When you're blaming yourself, and thinking no one will ever understand your walls. That your broken heart will never get put back together after he tore it apart.
I wish I had known how irrelevant Adam would become in our life today. I wish I had known how strong I could be. I wish I had known that someone would come into my life and bless it with understanding and patients. I wish I had remembered what it felt like to fall in love, and known that I didn't want to fall in love with Adam. I wish I had known what a real man looked like, and seen that that was not the man I was married to. I wish I had known what it was like to miss someone for the right reasons.
I wish I had known how full and complete it would feel to move on. I wish I had known how much love I could feel and had to give. I wish I hadn't waisted so much time falling apart, but as I was falling apart GOD was putting life and my heart back together.
Today after a seven month long storm, that I know isn't over, I am happy. I am thankful. I am free. The only bruises on my body are ones I put there. The only time voices are raised is when there is laughter in the air. The only time I cry is when I'm happy, when I look around the house at Easter and see all the people who complete my world in that tiny little kitchen in Nana's house.
Seven months ago I wished I knew what happiness could look like. This new, genuine, real to the core, strong complete happiness could feel like. I wish I knew that a day would come when I didn't have to dry my tears and fake a smile. That day is here.