Monday, January 12, 2015

How January has changed me

Ask me what my favorite month is and I will tell you May. I love that it’s my birth month and the month I became a momma. I love the weather and how it changes from the beginning to the end. I like that it’s the month when the doors to summer open wide.

But it’s been January that’s changed my life.

Nineteen years ago, I became a Christian on a weekend that epitomized God’s love in a way I’d never experienced and breathed the beginning of true transformation into my heart.

Thirteen years ago, Greg surprised me with a marriage proposal. I said yes, obviously, and we were married later in 2002.

Life-changing news isn’t always good, but I was diagnosed with diabetes 11 years ago.

And then there were two big adoption-related moments. In 2007, we met Cate’s birth mom for the first time in a doctor’s office waiting room. We saw our girl, thanks to the ultrasound. And then we all committed to this adoption plan. In 2010, Ben’s adoption was finalized.

Talk about January and I think back to these things. Perhaps I should stop giving May all the favorite-month credit and realize I wouldn’t be who I am without so many Januarys.

In honor of this, “Peace in the Process: How Adoption Built My Faith & My Family” will be on sale for 99 cents, starting today and continuing through the end of the month. This ebook is my story. It’s the story of so much brokenness redeemed in ways only God can do.

Yes, it’s about adoption, but it’s also my faith journey. People who have no desire to adopt have been encouraged. I hope you will be encouraged too. {Did you know you can also gift ebooks? Anyone can read a Kindle book with a free app for mobile devices and computers.}

Yes, January is cold and dreary. But God redeems and makes new. And that’s reason enough to celebrate.

I'm joining others for the weekly Soli Deo Gloria Gathering as well as Holley Gerth's Coffee for Your Heart and Jennifer Dukes Lee's #TellHisStory.

I'm also linking this post with Hearts at Home's Blog Hop at Jill Savage's place. This month she's talking about starting fresh, which is what January reminds me to do. 

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  1. Glenda Childers1/12/2015 8:00 PM

    January is one of my favorite months, but I think you have better reasons. I haven't seen your header for awhile ... it is so great.


  2. Ohhh I loved reading your adoption stories just now! We are living through some of the negative side effects of closed adoption right now. It sounds like ya'll did at least semi-open if not open. I see the wisdom. We love adoption.

  3. KristinHillTaylor1/13/2015 8:07 AM

    Thanks for your email the other day, Melody. I haven't been on the computer much lately to read yours posts and respond. I'm looking forward to reading more, though! Ours were open, although it's not what I expected to want. Of course, God had a plan that was so good for us and these kids.

  4. KristinHillTaylor1/13/2015 8:07 AM

    Thanks, Glenda! Glad you're here!

  5. Feeling dreary today, overwhelmed with so many things to many things left undone yesterday. I so need this reminder: Yes, January is cold and dreary. But God redeems and makes new. And that’s reason enough to celebrate. Thank you sweet friend!!

  6. KristinHillTaylor1/13/2015 10:05 AM

    I'm glad you were encouraged, Britta! I have to remind myself regularly that seasons change.

  7. Stephanie Hinz1/14/2015 11:11 AM

    I love this! You wouldn't be who you are without those January's. I will keep your eBook in mind if God lays on my heart someone who it might encourage. Blessings! (Visiting from Coffee For Your Heart)

  8. KristinHillTaylor1/14/2015 11:16 AM

    Thanks, Stephanie! I'm glad you visited.

  9. Christen Ridley Price1/14/2015 2:17 PM

    I loved your post this week! I am one of the co-hosts for Family Fun Friday over at and each Friday I share six encouraging posts. This Friday my theme is 2015 Goals and I picked this post as one of my features. If you want to link up, feel free! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. KristinHillTaylor1/14/2015 2:19 PM

    Ah, thanks, Christen! I need to learn more about this Family Fun Friday because it sounds ... well ... fun. :)

  11. What a fantastic way to reflect on so many of the milestones that have shaped your journey most. Three cheers for Januaries! And the way God has used them to stretch you and bless you. May this month be one you also look back on with fondness and thanksgiving. Glad to visiting you from #TellHisStory

  12. I am beginning to appreciate January much more, too. Because January is a dormant month for most things. And dormant means rest. It's a good reminder for me to look outside and see most everything resting because this is the season God keeps telling me I am in. And I am one that needs lots of reminders. Good thing I have a lot of windows! I just love how all these things happened to you in January! What a cool story!

  13. I loved reading here today, Kristin and learning a little more about your story. So good to have bumped into you on the interwebs through #ThreeWordWednesday and I hope we can bump into each other in real life soon. Blessings to you!

  14. KristinHillTaylor1/16/2015 8:26 AM

    Thanks, Jen! I'm glad our paths crossed too. You're a sweet encouragement.

  15. KristinHillTaylor1/16/2015 8:27 AM

    I really like the image of windows, even in this dreary time of the year. And I love you being here, sweet friend.

  16. I started reading your book, and I was riveted. I'm purchasing it, and I can't wait to blog about it. I loved this post and the amazing things that have happened in this month for you! :)

  17. KristinHillTaylor1/17/2015 11:11 AM

    Thanks, Caroline! I'm so glad you're enjoying it. Please let me know when you write about - I'd love to hear what you think. :)

  18. Not sure how I missed this post. And I'm realizing maybe I've missed a few. :( But I saw your link on FB regarding Diabetes so it brought me here today. Cheers for January!! Every time I read your diabetes story it makes me want to write about my son's journey. I started a list of topics to write about so I must add. Love you, friend.

  19. KristinHillTaylor1/28/2015 4:29 PM

    I've heard bits of your son's story, but you know I'd love to hear the rest of it. :) Yeah, January has been quite the month in my life! I'm always glad you're here, Beth. Love you, sweet friend.

  20. KristinHillTaylor1/28/2015 4:29 PM

    Hi, Mindy! I'm just seeing your comment for some reason. I hope you enjoyed your blogging break and you know I'd love to have you back for #ThreeWordWednesday.