Thursday, April 21, 2016

Home





I just finished rocking Everly and laid her down. While I was humming a lullaby to her I listened to Caleb and Elijah in the kitchen talking about their day, and the girls giggling the most genuine giggles in their room while they put on their nightgowns and the moment felt close to perfect.

Slowing down to recognize those moments are important for me. So much comes from a new baby. Even though the kids are completely in love with her, my time is more divided and they're  not getting the attention from me that they're used to. I'm trying to figure out how to do it all and mostly I'm failing. But I'm seeing God's grace cover us and I'm humbled by all the help we've received. I don't think I've ever relied on God more to meet my kids needs than now. It's been a sweet lesson learning to pray more, and with greater earnest for each child, knowing now, like never before, that He will always be who they need to rely on.

The great lesson of faith put to all parents is that of learning to trust God for their children. They love them as they never imagined they could love anyone, and it takes an ever enlarging faith to believe God loves them more. 
Elisabeth Elliot

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. 
1 Samuel 1:27-28

I know that this season is good for them, and me. It's stretching us all and teaching us to sacrificially love one another. 



Change is on the horizon for our family. At the end of May we'll be driving across country to our new home in Louisville Kentucky. Caleb accepted a job at Southern Seminary and starts the beginning of June. I'm thrilled for Caleb and this opportunity. We made the decision to move after much prayer and advice and I'm certain that God is leading this change. But leaving the known for the unknown is hard. It's hard thinking of saying good-bye to family, friends, our home and life here. We really love Boise and I'm afraid we might have a bit of culture shock as we plant new roots in Kentucky.



Our home sold yesterday, the same day we put it on the market. Caleb and I are amazed at how God has been working out every detail of this move. We're in awe of His kindness. I was reminded again, that our heavenly Father is the giver of good gifts. Last night as I was feeding Everly, I couldn't help but cry though. It probably has something to do with postpartum hormones, but thinking of saying goodbye to our first home and another family living here brought a wave of emotion. We've loved this home and poured a lot of love into making it our own. Now, it's time to say goodbye. I thought about all that's happened in within these walls over the last 5 years and the comfort that this place called home brought. It made me think about how God is preparing a place for us, a forever home where there will be no good byes. I long for that home. 

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