Thursday, December 4, 2014

Advent

Living in a culture that takes every beautiful holiday and twists it away from its intended purpose requires a very intentional approach to celebrate what Christmas really means. And so I wanted to pop in a share a few resources for celebrating advent this year. I love the concept of preparing our hearts for Christmas and what it truly represents: Jesus, coming to us in human flesh to save our sinful flesh. 

I have really been enjoying the Advent devotional we're doing right now on She Reads Truth

Another great resource that I've had my eye on for a few years now is the Naptime Diaries Advent Calendar. Maybe once we're a little more settled and I have the space to decorate for Christmas, I would love to use this calendar for our family to count down the days to Christmas, not for the excitement of the gifts and treats, but in celebration of Christ coming to us. 

These short devotionals Ann Voskamp recorded are such a great way to start the day, or week. There is one video for each week of Advent (each week in December). I hope these resources will be helpful and encouraging to you!

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving in Kansas

One of the huge blessings of traveling so much is we get to see family more often than we would otherwise. Oh they're just an 8 hour drive away? No big deal! :) 
Randy and I got to spend Thanksgiving weekend in Kansas with the Madgwick family (Randy's sister), and it was such a special time. 
 Not quite sure what Randy did to deserve it, but Ittai thought he needed a beating apparently. :)

Too much cuteness!


 The big event of the weekend was putting together this ping pong table. Clara and Hilkiah just couldn't get enough of playing. Gracie and Stephen even got a chance at some friendly competition. Guess who won? ;) 
Baby Tirzah is just so sweet and beautiful, I could hold her all day. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall in Springfield Missouri


This season has been a bit slow. Life has taken a slower pace, and though I don't always find the joy I should in the slowness, I'm learning to appreciate it more because I know it won't be forever. Here are a few things I want to remember and give thanks for in this season here in the midwest.
  • Sweet anniversary notes and flowers from my Love
  • An understanding husband when this pregnancy leaves me not feeling myself. (A few times he's had to make his own dinner--bless him.) :)
  • Long daily walks in the park where I get to enjoy the changing leaves, the falling leaves, and the huge variety of leaves--our Creator is so, well creative! :) 
  • LONG WEEKENDS! I'm so thankful Randy gets every Friday through Sunday off with this current job and because of that we've been able to get a lot of work done in our trailer. Lots and lots of painting, re-covering cushions, new curtains, a new counter top and sink, a little demolishing here and there, and even some wood refinishing. I'll post some pictures soon of our progress. At this point the only big project we have left is reupholstering the couch!
  • Getting to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time last week!
  • Finding a great church in the area and making new friends.
For those of you who like to keep up with our travel schedule, (if you don't, don't feel bad, I can hardly keep up with it) we will most likely be in Missouri until the beginning of the year, and after that we're not sure yet what the next location will be.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Three Years

It can be easy to make your life look like what you want it to on social media and other internet platforms. Many times I see pictures of my friends and read their posts and think, wow they seem so happy, life must really be going well for them. But honest heart to heart real life talks reveal something different.

I'm often worried that I will present a false picture of our little family by being fake or only showing the good stuff. Honestly, I don't want to be Debbie Downer and broadcast all the negativity that does happen, but I do want to be balanced. Life is not perfect, but life is a wonderful gift! There may be and will  be hard moments, stressful days, and difficult weeks. But really, life is GREAT! 

So when it comes to talking about my favorite guy and my marriage, I'm cautious. Why? Because I know there are many hurting couples who are really struggling through marriage. Even my own peers. I'm also cautious because I don't want to just put up another posed picture that could possibly give someone the idea that we have it all together and life and marriage are just perfect for us. 

However, I would be thrilled if someone were encouraged by seeing a couple truly loving each other and loving the Lord. That maybe, just maybe, our marriage can be a light shining in a dark world especially for the younger generation that sees way to much yelling, hate and divorce in the marriages they know.

The truth is my marriage is AWESOME! I do not say that to brag, but to thank the Lord for this gift. So when I put up pretty posed pictures, I hope you don't assume things are just perfect but can thank the Lord with us and be encouraged that marriage can be (if it's not already) WONDERFUL! God has designed it, and He designed it to be beautiful and life giving and a sweet treasure. I am so thankful to the Lord for bringing Randy into my life and giving us 3 very full, wonderful years of marriage! 



 I love these top pictures that Randy's brother, Josh took for us. He did a wonderful job.
 My family has grown by 4 more spouses and a baby on the way since this was taken. :)
 When more grandkids/nieces/nephews come into the picture, family reunions are going to be HUGE! :)
The joy of this moment is still so vivid 3 years later. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our Big Announcement!

The whole world may be tired of these pictures already, but I couldn't just leave them off the blog. :) Yep, there's a tiny human growing inside of me that we're very excited to meet hopefully in May! We have no inclinations as far as gender goes, and honestly I think we don't have much preference, although I think Randy secretly wants a boy. :)
I'm sure there will be challenges having a baby on the road and living in a trailer for the first several months of his life, but we will take the adventures as they come. :)
If you think about it, we could use prayer for wisdom about midwives and Doctors visits since that's extra tricky when we're only in one place for a few weeks to a few months.





Monday, October 13, 2014

Recent Travels

It seems pointless to start off another post by saying its been a while since the last post, because that's kinda the way I start out most posts. Sorry for the inconsistency. Wi-fi is scarce these days, but that's okay. About 4 weeks ago we left the sweet little town of Tupper in NY and got to make a little detour to see the grand Niagara. Randy had never seen it before so it was cool experiencing it together. 
We spent a few short weeks camped outside of Chicago. I'm sad to say I didn't get any pictures while we were there. So now moving on southwest a bit, we are parked in Springfield, Missouri for the time being. We are thankful to keep moving south as the days are getting colder. 
I'm reminded everyday what a sweet blessing it is getting so much time with my wonderful husband. He is such a gift! I know this season of travels will be very short in comparison, so I just want to soak it up. 



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New York City

(Fresh pastries for breakfast--and Dunkin Donuts :) )
(The Freedom Tower-or the new World Trade Center)
(Brooklyn Bridge)
(Visiting the 9-11 Memorial)
(Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge)
(Grand Central Station)
Randy got an extra long weekend from work this past weekend so we took the drive down to where my parents are living now in Brooklyn. We saw a lot of the major sites, saw a few of my siblings, and got to meet up with some of our friends from California who were also in the city for a bit. 
It was a fun, busy weekend and a very different change of scenery from Tupper Lake. :)