If I thought life was busy before June 28th, I had no idea what was around the corner 🙂 As a mostly stay at home mom, up until June 28th, everyday was filled with feeding and tending kids, chores, errands, therapies, laundry, bills, doctor’s appointments and more. I did work one day away from the home, but I LOVED being a stay at home mom. The days are long and hard but also beautiful and sweet. By the end of the day, I remember waiting for my husband to get home just so I could either have a break or have adult companionship, and if he was on night shift, there were moments I couldn’t wait to put the kids to bed just so I could sit on the couch and do nothing (don’t judge, I know you’ve had those moments also 🙂 ). There are memories so precious that are built during those long, hard days. There are moments spent with your kiddo’s that can never be replaced. I am grateful for the chance to be home with my kids, to watch them grow, to teach them new things, to play and sing and laugh and love. I am thankful for all the many ways God has provided for us over the years as we chose the path of a stay at home mom for our family. There may be no harder job in the world, and I guarantee there is none more rewarding. Remembering the blessings can often be hard when life is difficult. We have walked a hard road these last years and sometimes I wonder if there will every be a chapter on boring in my book 🙂 But I am so incredibly grateful and blessed to have been able to stay home with my family when our world was shaken. Being a stay at home mom for me entailed so much these last six years, of which in the good and the bad I feel blessed to have walked through.
Now, I am in a different season of life, and I just have to say it is exhausting, yet rewarding 😉 With two boys in school and a baby attached to my hip, or back, or strapped in a stroller ;), working full time is a whole other ball game. To be honest, sometimes my life feels a bit like my laundry room looks right now, a complete mess, with about 12 loads of laundry to do 😉 I find great satisfaction in all that God has chosen to give me in this season. I am excited about this new chapter, and while it does come with adjustment, it also comes with more blessings than I can number. I have said it probably more times than people care to hear, but in every season of our lives, if we will search the heart of our Father and Trust His directions, the blessings we will receive will be to many to count. So whether at home or in an office, on the floor playing or at a desk working, planning for worship or reading to my kids, ordering dinner out (because lets be honest sometimes as working mom’s we are to tired to cook ;)), or cooking a home made meal; whatever I’m doing, as long as I am seeking the will of my Father, He will bless me, sustain me and give me all I need no matter what life throws my way! I feel incredibly blessed by the opportunities God has given me in the season and I am grateful to daily get to walk with Him as He continues to guide and direct my path.
It has been so long since I updated everyone on how the kids are doing and so I thought it was about time. You will have to forgive the stretch of silence, as I just explained a new season for us which has taken some adjustments 🙂 Greta is doing wonderful! She is beautiful and sweet and happy and a perfect completion to our family! We couldn’t be more thrilled that God would allow our family to experience the blessing of such an amazing little girl! She keeps me on my toes, yet bring a sense of calm to my life. I am thankful for this season with her. She is my sidekick and an awesome one at that!
Hudson is doing good! He is in kindergarten this year and while it has taken some adjustment, he seems to be doing good. He is tired most days and ready for bed at 6 pm 🙂 On top of being in school full-time, he is still receiving therapy 5 times a week. We are working so hard on helping him become more mobile. He loves his new crutches, and while he does pretty good with them, until he can focus a little more we will save them for when mommy or daddy are around. 🙂 I have teased that all it would take is for someone to say “squirrel” and he’d be face first on the concrete. He is getting stronger by the day and becoming quite the independent kid. We have faced several battles already this year with him and we daily encourage him to not give up and to fight hard. As a mother my heart is broken when I watch him get sad or discouraged when he can’t do the things that other can. However, I am quick to be reminded of the work that God is doing in his life and how one day those things that he is unable to do, will be apart of the character God is building in his life. The afflictions of this moment are temporary compared to eternity. His struggles, while so real and hard, are but preparation for a life that God has ordained. If God is truly Sovereign (and HE IS!!), then I trust that His plan for Hudson is perfect and even when it is hard to watch, it is working for our good and God’s glory. He gave his heart to Jesus several months ago and we got the awesome privilege to see my dad baptize him. He is my stubborn and strong willed child, or should I say he acts like me 😉 Please pray for him as he faces many battles daily that we are trying to help him walk through with grace, understanding and direction.
Lincoln is doing wonderful in school! I couldn’t be more proud of my big boy! His eyes continue to be a big concern of ours and we are taking the necessary steps to try and find out what we can do to help him. After a ophthalmology appointment last week, it is evident that his retina’s have some pretty serious issues. We are hopefully going to Miami within the next several weeks to have tests run, if Miami won’t take us, then we will head to Philly where his doctor is from. The genetic testing we had was a complete waste of money, because they did the wrong testing 😦 We are hoping that these tests will give us the answers we are looking for so that we don’t have to repeat that process again. Lincoln is such an incredible soul winner and I am so excited to watch His love for the Lord grow. Please pray for him over the next weeks and months as we seek to help him and encourage him daily.
So if your wondering if life has slowed down or given us a break at all, the answer is no 🙂 Matt and I are so thankful for the family and friends that we have around the world that encourage us, pray for us and check on us daily! We are excited about what God is doing in our home and family. As always we covet your prayers, for it is your prayers that have gotten us through the most difficult of days. I wrote a blog several years ago on alters of remembrance and I was reminded today to never forget where God has brought you or the blessings that he has bestowed upon you. Every trial you face and every valley you walk through, if you will let go, God will pick you up and place you the mountain top. He will hold you close as you look back and He will remind you that all you have walk through is a part of the process of becoming more like him. I have heard this verse a million times since my kids started school, but as my dad has been preaching through the book of Joshua, I can’t help but cling to the promises of Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged for the Lord our God is with you wherever you go.”