Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Feeling Blessed.

This past week we started the project of re-roofing out home. Let me tell you, this is a BIG project. I was quite skeptical about us taking this on even though we have had experience with roofing before. Both of us attended a church summer camp during middle/high school that did home repair, including roofing, for individuals in need. We both ended up working at that camp as staff for several summers after high school and got a decent amount of experience. Even with this knowledge (or because of it) it made me nervous to do our own home. So we called a couple of companies and had them come out and give us a quote for what it would cost to roof our home and had my dad help us get a quote for the materials if we were to do it ourselves. The cost difference was quite SIGNIFICANT and what the materials cost was going to be was around what our tax refund was this year. So we are re-roofing our house. 

My dad has much more experience with roofs than we do and has been spearheading the project. I have been little to no help on the actual roofing since there is a Little One to watch and our roof is something steep! I used to be able to get up on a roof no problem, but not any more. 
 I knew that my husband and my dad wouldn't be able to complete the project on their own but I wasn't sure we would be able to get enough help (one of the reasons I was nervous about doing this) but I was wrong to worry. We have had people from my husband's work and people from our church out almost everyday that we have been working on this roof. 
We are so blessed. It is always amazing to me how God continues to provide for us even when we doubt that He will. The roof is not done but I am confident that it will be soon.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time Flies.

 We have been going through a BUSY time here, hence the lack of blogging. My sister-in-law got married this past weekend and this week we have been replacing our own roof and my immune system has evidently gone on strike.

The Little One is growing like a weed and acquiring new skills way too fast for my liking. This week marks seven months since she made her entrance into the world. Here are a few things that she is doing:
She babbles Mama. I know she doesn't know what it means yet but it still melts my heart
Scooting around doing 'the worm' was her main form or mobility but she now does the text book baby crawl.
She has also gotten down how to go from crawling to sitting and vice versa.
Last week she pulled up! She is now attempting to pull up on everything.
She has taken to solids and feeds herself, her favorites are carrots, oranges, spinach and potatoes. She does not enjoy bread or pancakes- I will take this healthy eating while I can! 

The Little One with one of her best friends!
Time is flying, I cannot believe it is already spring! I am behind on so much and I'm trying to catch up. In the next week or so I hope to get our spring garden going and add some items to the etsy shop. We will see how it goes. I hope things slow down a bit soon!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


A few days ago I was having a conversation with a younger person and some how we got onto the topic of what they wanted in life. It went something like this, a house with a big yard to play with their kids in, a nice car, a boat and maybe a beach house. 
I can remember when these were things that I very much wanted for my life as well. Not to say that I would not enjoy these things if we had them but there are things that I want more for our life. 
I want a family that is full of love, for each other and for the Lord. I want to fill our little home with children who are in need of a family. I want to serve the Lord passionately and radically. I'm not sure what that looks like for our family just yet but these are the things I desire right now.
Isn't it funny how God changes our dreams? He created us for love and to serve him and it isn't until we are doing those things that we are truly fulfilled. I would love to say that those are my only desires and God has made me content with exactly where we are.

I very much struggle with being content with what we have right now, that little part of me always seems to want more. I hate those thoughts that go something like this:
"Wouldn't it be nice if we had better cars that didn't have to have the bumper duct taped on?"
"Wouldn't it be nice to not have to worry about finances and we had 'enough' money" 
"Wouldn't it be nice if..." there are all kinds of thoughts like this, but I have to keep reminding myself that I am learning to trust that God will provide for us, He has never let us go without before. He is slowly changing my heart, it is very slow, as I am a bit stubborn. 
Has God changed your dreams?

I hope she comes to know and love this story