Welcome 2023!

It’s been a while since I’ve written, so thank you so much for sticking with me! I’m going to be honest, as I approached this year, I kept questioning, “What is 2023 going to bring?” After the chaos of 2020, I moved into 2021 and 2022 without even attempting to come up with goals, because I felt like nothing went according to plan, so why bother. But this year just feels different.

I’m walking into 2023 with actual goals! Last year we decided we’re finished having babies, and I’m beginning this year with an 18 month-old, a three-, and five-year-old. My homeschooled 5 year-old is reading like a champ, my 3 year-old is a social butterfly, and my youngest is beginning to speak. We’ve been changing up our daily routines, so we can get more things done around the house and have less chaotic lesson times. Some things I’m looking forward to this year are…joining a small group, co-leading an FPU class with my husband, working out, and getting together with friends, at least once a month.

I’m also planning to write more this year, take a trip with the hubbs for our anniversary, and to read lots of books! While, 2021 and 2022 seemed to steal all my aspiration and initiative, I’m much more hopeful about 2023. Dreams that I’ve laid down, I’m attempting to pick back up, and things I’ve needed to lay down, I continue to daily lay down at the foot of the cross.

So, we’ll see, how 2023 goes. I’m looking forward to a new year, with new adventures, and opportunities to learn and grow, to disciple and be discipled.

Truth, love, and grace to you all!

Only for a Season

These past few months have been a whirlwind of activity. We began searching for our first home in February, and after a couple weeks, we found one we could see ourselves growing into. Fast forward to April, and we’re unpacking boxes, cleaning, organizing, and moving furniture around the new house. The hubbs ( W ) has been putting up shelving in our pantry, and making sure the rest of the closet shelving is sturdy, since we noticed a lot of missing screws. He also spent an evening cleaning the carpets, because, although they are new, they got a lot of foot traffic when the previous owner had people paint, put down flooring, etc., and were very dusty.

W was finally able to take his belongings out of his storage unit and we’ll soon be using his king sized bed, as opposed to my queen sized (as soon as the bed pieces lost in a move, arrive in the mail). I can’t wait, because our baby girl has taken a liking to our bed, and it seems to be getting smaller and smaller, as she gets bigger and bigger.

Cookie girl just turned 9 months, and this move has been a little disruptive to her schedule. It took her about a week to get back to napping in her crib, in the new house. Which has been challenging for me, since it’s difficult to unpack boxes and clean, with her crawling around and getting into everything.

Moving without family around to help is very difficult, because you’re forced to ask friends–who have their own families and responsibilities–for help; but you don’t want to beg people, either. However, we’re extremely thankful to the few people who have been consistent blessings to our lives during big life events and transitions. Thus far, they have helped decorate and clean up before and after our wedding, and later, our baby shower; helped us move, twice; and even let us borrow a vehicle for a month or two, while we saved up to purchase one with cash. These aren’t just friends, they have shown themselves to be family.

Now, we’ve entered May and W is traveling for work, the house still isn’t anywhere near put-together, and I don’t think baby girl is feeling very well today. I’ve been feeling pretty isolated these last few weeks, and am in desperate need of a new routine to help me get the house together, get baby girl sleeping in her crib, and to simply get us out of the house (because we’ve been cooped up too long!).

Sometimes, life is tough, but God is so good. He’s blessed us with so much, and I know that it’s days (or weeks) like today that I have to focus on His goodness, rather than my feelings of isolation, loneliness, unproductiveness, or unfruitfulness. This season of life will pass. We will, eventually, get the house in order. Cookie girl will, eventually, sleep in her crib. We will get our routine back and have weekly library trips, grocery days, and outings. I will make time to write and share more often with my readers.

For now, I must remember that this is only a season of life, and things will change. What season of life are you currently living? And how are you handling it? Personally, I think I should be praying a little more…but, couldn’t we all?

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. ~ Philippians 4:6-7, AMP