Friday, October 10, 2014

Prayer, plans, pleasures

The power of prayer is real and tangible.  I  can say this with great certainty, coming from experience, and rooted in a faith that is imperfect, but constant.
So we're moving!  In just about 6 or so weeks, we should be closing doors, buckling car seats, and heading to Champaign-Urbana, IL.  We are super excited for the adventure that awaits us.  Seems like we've been waiting forever, but that's a human perspective for ya!
My hubby has a new job, which he starts Monday. I wish him the best of luck and we pray that he's found something different, fun, and fulfilling. We support him with our prayers and sacrifices.
As you can imagine, things are a little crazy around here. We should wrap up our 1st quarter of school next week and then probably will pack most of it away until we get moved.  We won't do nothing for 6 weeks, but we have a house to pack and rooms to clean and walls to freshen with paint. So we won't be bored, that's for sure!!
I really can't believe it myself, but my beautiful, (very) independent, smart, whimsy, creative, vocal, oldest child will be turning 11 next week.  How does that happen?  I feel like we just brought her home from the hospital and now she thinks she can outsmart me and stuff. Yikes!  I can't handle this growing up stuff. 
Our new house in Urbana, IL is more than a dream come true.  It really deserves it's own post, but I don't have any pictures I can post. So you'll just have to believe me that it's perfect for our family.  We will be dedicating it to our lady - future name to be announced. Oh if you have any suggestions for good Marian names for a home, please share in the comments. OR for that matter, any holy name!
Please offer prayers with me today, for those who are expecting, those who are trying to conceive, those who have lost babies, and those who will never hold a babe in their arms. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

TBT - next week's birthday girl!

Here is my oldest, at age 3.5.  Next week she turns 11.  Oh my how the time flies.  Love you Gracie Beth.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What I'll Miss....

So really, you deserve at least one post prior to this one explaining the exciting changes coming up for our family. BUT, I don't have nearly enough time to write that post today, so you're getting the quick version. We're moving! Yippee! Oh my goodness!  Yes, it's true! 

In light of that revelation, I thought it would be fun to share what I'm going to miss about living in Blandinsville, IL.
  • Friends (those in town, at Church, homeschooling, etc)
  • Our family (it's been great living so close to extended family, something sort of new to me)
  • The library (best librarians around, hands down!) - plus I'll have to actually drive to the library now!
  • Hours of endless entertainment for my boys (during harvest, snow plow season, etc) because they can sit and watch the highway right in front of our house
  • Beautiful drives everywhere we go, especially in the fall.
  • New experiences (riding in a combine, feeding calves, driving on gravel roads, waving to everyone you pass, being porch monkeys, small town festivals and celebrations)
  • Simplicity

Thank you, Blandinsville, for welcoming us to your community.  We'll be back to visit, assuming we're always welcome :)