Tuesday, October 22, 2013

So, it's been awhile...

If anyone happens upon this post it will be nothing short of impressive. It's been awhile since I last shared here. Things have been good. Busy. Blessed.

So, we moved. We found a lovely home just a few blocks away from where our church plant meets. We prayed very specifically and God answered. I did fail to ask He provide us a home with more than one bathroom, so if there's any complaint I have now that we're here and settled, it would be the one bathroom! He did come through though - lots of space, a big backyard, four bedrooms. It's cozy and we do like it a lot. I hope this is our home here in this town for as long as God has us serving here.
home sweet home <3

I got a new tattoo. Micah 6:8 (paraphrased). The verse has been a favorite of mine for years. There's something about having it as a constant reminder on your body though... it's convicting, and powerful, and I don't regret the decision to have it permanently placed on my body in the least. I already had it bound on my heart.
act justly ~ love mercy ~ walk humbly
We ended and began school years. We wrapped up the school year well. All four kids excelled. Our oldest was accepted into The National Honor Society at the end of last school year - we're very proud of her!
National Honor Society!
This school year we have a graduating junior, a freshman, a sixth grader, and a third grader. They're all doing fairly well so far, but the pressure of graduating early seems to be a bit much at times for the oldest. We keep telling her it's more than fine to choose to finish next year, but she's determined and I admire that in her. The husband is also in school again, finishing up his very last semester before his degree will (FINALLY) be completed.

We had a busy summer! We spent what little free time we had at Kings Island, which is always fun. We swam some. We did some other fun things here and there - youth group activities, an anniversary trip for me and my Bradley, visits from friends and family. But mostly we worked. The husband worked his jobs, and I actually began a new job at our local YMCA (part-time, out of necessity. My heart is at home with the kids.) And we worked hard with the church plant. We held several preview services and held an official launch. I call it a soft-launch, myself, since we're still not in our own space and still only meeting on Sunday evenings for worship. But the husband insists we've been launched softly for sometime now. God is adding to our numbers, and though in our human impatience we may sometimes view the work as slow building, I know His timing has been perfect every single step of the way.
Celebrating 17 years of marriage - sans kids!
The little kids began a new football season. That ends (thankfully?) in the next week or two, depending on how their teams do in the play-offs. I love watching them play, but as the days turn colder, I can't help but be thankful that we're nearly done.

My sister had a baby! I FINALLY got to experience the birth of one of my nephews/nieces! I was by her side through much of her labor and as she gave birth to him. It was simply miraculous and we are so in love with the newest addition to our family.
Welcome to the world little man!

We had a pretty scary moment! If you know me outside of this blog, you know that I have a pretty open mind when it comes to some things. Hair color, tattoos, piercings, some political opinions... I tend to not fit the "average mold" for what many would consider a "conservative Christian" - and I'm ok with that. So, our second born seems to be following in my foot steps. She's been coloring her hair since she was 10 (it was fuscia the first time.) It's been purple, blue, green, pink, blonde. She's a colorful girl and we embrace that in her. It's definitely a trait that God can and does use to draw people unto Him through her. A few times in the past she's had some nausea while coloring her hair, we never really thought much of it. We noticed it more when she'd use purple and so we decided purple was probably not a good idea in the future. She was REALLY wanting to color it a vivid blue, but she had to even out the color first, so I was going to color her "roots" blonde so that we could begin the blue. While I was coloring her hair blonde, she kind of blacked out. It was the oddest thing. But she came right back to almost instantly. Then it happened again. I called Brad in to the bathroom to observe her. She had just stood up and turned around to face me and she passed out a third time. She wasn't breathing and had collapsed in my arms with her eyes wide open. I was repeatedly saying her name and trying to get her to respond, but nothing. Brad sent me to call 911 and he took over from there. He had just re-certified in CPR (timing!) but the most amazing thing in this whole process was the clarity and power in which the Holy Spirit spoke to him, telling him what he needed to do to help our daughter. He said his brain was screaming do CPR - but the Spirit commanded to wash her hair. As soon as he started washing her hair she started breathing and became conscious again. He has no clue how he held her, grabbed the shower head, turned on water and grabbed the shampoo from the other end of the tub and started washing her hair all before I even got through on 911. God's power is amazing! We spent several hours in the ER that night, lots of tests were ran, and all we know at this point is that she has an allergy. We need to have that evaluated further. I honestly though... she was lifeless in my arms that night. It was one of the single most terrifying things I've ever experienced. She's fine now, and we're exploring alternative solutions to hair coloring "needs" - like kool-aid. Here she is in a kool-aid shade of green. It was supposed to be blue, so we'll try that again.
Sea foam green to match the bathroom theme!

We had some family photos done... Both serious and not so serious. Both wonderful memories of this part of our lives.


That about sums it up! I'm sure there are more things that happened, maybe even interesting things, since I last shared here. I've had plenty of moments where I thought to myself "that would make a good post on that blog I never post on"... but, you know. The rare moment I have to sit here is few and far between. Right now I'm simply trying to carve out enough time to rest in all the busyness. It just so happens that tonight, typing this to share, felt like rest.