So a year is such a long time to be away from blogging and we have had a lot going on. But first a couple of pics, because that’s what everyone wants to see.
Ok, you guessed it, that one is not very recent because it was obviously taken when the weather was a lot warmer. So if you want a really recent pic, I took this a few days ago. This is what life looks like at our house if you happen to stop by.
In review, quite a lot has occurred in a year. Our youngest wasn’t even walking this time last year and now she is keeping up pretty well with big brother (who, by the way is the most fascinating person on earth to her right now.) Big brother, on the other hand, has started kindergarten this year and we are continuing our homeschooling adventure with him. I am not the crafty kind of homeschool mom, so you won’t see a lot of projects hanging up around our house. But he seems to have no problems coming up with his own “projects” to construct — to the point that we have to keep a close eye on our tape and glue when he’s around.
The news that we are expecting a baby has been met with a LOT of enthusiasm, especially from our son. We recently had an ultrasound and of course, our children wanted to be a part of this big occasion. (The fact that we told them we were going to celebrate afterwards when we found out the gender of the baby didn’t hurt either.) As we got out of the car, our son tapped my protruding baby bump and said “come on momma, let’s go find out what this thing is.”
Oh, in case you were wondering, it’s a boy.
As far as me personally, I had a New Year’s resolution last year to take better care of myself. Let me explain. I wanted to focus more on my health, try some new things, and do some things I have always wanted to do. As our family grows it can be so easy to focus so much on them, because, come on, they need a lot of attention. But my goal in life is not to be super-mom (yikes) but to bring glory to God in all that I do. And last time I checked, being a mom is only one of the roles I assume on a daily basis. As for the specifics, my husband and I are slowly working at changing our diet to eat less junk and more things closer to the way God made them. We are doing better at working out more consistently. I had wanted to read through the Bible in a different version this year, and have almost completed that, thanks to a free audio Bible download I got at the beginning of last year (totally recommend listening to the Bible for anyone who is “too busy” to read the Bible). This year I learned how to knit, improved my guitar playing skills, and was reminded that I should not tell myself things like “I could never learn how to knit” or “I could never play guitar in front of people.” God loves to show Himself strong in us when we are willing to be used.
Which brings me to the last major happening in my life this past year. I finally was able to attend the introduction to Biblical counseling courses offered at a local church as a first step towards possibly becoming a certified Biblical counselor. This is something that I have wanted to do for a while, but stuff always came up. I am so thankful for my gracious hubby who watched the kids on three separate weekends so I could attend. Brad Bigney is the pastor at the church where I attended the training and I love what he says about it. He says, “Don’t you want to learn how to help real people with real problems using your Bible.” And of course, I can’t extend help to others until the message is real in my life. I was challenged and excited about what the Gospel can do in the lives of real people every day. I hope that God will use me to help others through our little church here in Indiana.