It's been such a long time. But here I am, back to writing. Sort of. I'd like to protect my kids' privacy more than I had been so I will be leaving out a lot of details, but trying to log as authentically as possible while in that realm.
For those of you that are interested, here is a current list of our needs;
- lots of prayer :)
- desktop computer
- 3 or 4 stuffed armchairs (“sitting room” type, worn is fine)
- 3 or more chairs for kitchen table (mismatched is great)
- 2 small ottomans to sit on
- Sewing machine
- Patio furniture
- Clean Rap/hip hop music
- Tall plastic hampers
- Kitchen towels
- Square or rectangular storage baskets or storage cubes (any size)
- Large push broom
- Plastic measuring cups
- Large tea kettle or hot water heater
- Large tea pot
- Step ladder (something like 6 ft.)
- Tall step stools
Here's a crazy story about how God specifically provided for another huge need;
We always get a check back during tax time and then get to decide what to do with it. This year was different. We owed thousands of dollars. Who knows how that happened. And how we would make it right.
When we were putting the pieces together, preparing for our family, we were given not one, but two vans to drive everyone around. This was crazy, because we only had one car to share before, and I had never thought of us having more than we needed. I figured we would just see how everything went and decide what to do later, and for the meantime count my blessings. Well, I'm still counting.
A few months ago, I was driving with some of my kids in the early evening and for some weird reason I felt a nudge to go down a different way that I never go. It was not only different, but actually out of the way. All of a sudden, SMACK- our first car accident. With everyone okay, and a really strange mistake made by the other driver, I was asking God why he would let this happen. There was a lot of damage done to one of our vans, but it was still drivable. Immediate positives were that seat belts became more than just a rule into a rule that we follow because we understand it and value the outcome. Also some stickers from the nice officer, which is always a plus. Anyways, I'm driving around in this gift, feeling weird and unnecessarily ashamed, daily waiting for more word. A few weeks ago, I got a call that the other insurance company had accepted 100% responsibility for the accident, that our van was totaled, and that they would be sending us a check for...a little over what we owe for taxes.
The rate at which growth is happening in our family is blowing me away. English, culture, food, bonding, dogs- everything that gave pause and reason to have fear- is being completely overrun by God's Power, Grace, Favor, and Love.
I pray that I will continue to trust God with EVERY part of my life, because I know and have experienced that He will be there Lead and Provide if I am a willing servant to His Kingdom.
Summer is almost here and we are full of activities. The dogs are full of energy, as can be expected with puppies of 2 different sizes, and we are trying to sub-prioritarily take care of that. I am a little tired of our dinner menu, but still thankful that it happens to be gluten and dairy free so that I don't have to daily make additional meals for myself to eat.
Everything's getting more natural all the time and we are even fighting like a real family :)
I have been so proud of my husband and so grateful to have him as a partner in life. It's a good thing we have learned to be flexible in our marriage, as we use that tool constantly now.
I'm getting a garden!!! All of these people that I don't know :) came over this last weekend and used time, energy, muscle and brain power to completely redo a section of our yard so that I can plant vegetables. There's even a plank to walk on as I tend!!!
I've been thinking about getting chickens too!!!! Matt thinks I'm crazy, and it's still just a thought in a cloud, but we are having fun making new dreams for our future. We are talking about taking a camping trip this summer with our kids. Anybody have lots of tents we could borrow!?
I don't feel that different. It's strange. My life has completely changed, but I'm still me. Still working on pursuing God, listening instead of thinking, and being content with my circumstances.
I'll leave it there for now and save the rest of my ideas for next time :)
I hope you're having a great day and thanks for reading!