“We overestimate what we can do in one year and underestimate what we can do in five years.”
Kelly Williams, pastor of Vanguard Church, told that to Matt and me several years ago. We were in the middle of the LONG adoption process for Desta. The timeline seemed endless and frankly we were really discouraged. It’s been 5 years since we brought our Gracey girl home. Five years since this little 8 lb, 5 month old was placed in our arms. She was so sick she hardly made a peep. She just wanted to eat and eat and eat.
That first year home with her was filled with round the clock feedings, doctor’s visits, and a whole lot of growing. Matt and I were thrown headlong into sleepless nights again. We had two other kids who were adjusting to a new sibling.
That first year was filled with a lot of overestimation’s.
Five year’s hindsight and I’m amazed at how much we’ve done. We had no idea how our family would change these past five years.
We’ve moved to Florida, lived there for 2 years and back to Colorado for 3. Our kids were in Elementary and preschool. Now we have a teenager (almost), elementary kiddo and a kindergartner. I entered the workforce; finally finding a place at Biblica that I love. Matt has changed jobs three times. At that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
When you begin to look at your year with doubt and frustration, think of that phrase above.
Don’t underestimate what you can do in 5 years. And cut yourself some slack for what needs to done this year.