Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Welcome Eleanor "Nora" Lynne

Our 5th miracle was born on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm. After having to be induced because of high blood pressure Eleanor made her grand appearance. It was a nice quick delivery and stay at the hospital. So far she's a great baby and her siblings are loving her. Finally, a baby of ours has hair!!

Big sister Esther really loves her.

Goin' home.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Where have we been??

I know, I know, I am a slacker.

I am also a wife, a mother of 4 (almost 5), a nomad, a daughter and a friend. I am wonderfully made, and beautiful in His sight, even if I don't always look beautiful, inside or out. There have been good days, GREAT days, bad days, ugly days, and REALLY ugly days in our lives. I am learning how to be a better marriage partner. Loving unconditionally, selflessly, and in submission to who my husband is in God. I am letting the training of our children teach me more than I ever thought possible. I am learning how to be a better friend and making deep relationships with women who challenge, encourage, and love me.

We have decided to home school Olivia and Garrett this year. This decision came suddenly and was confirmed quickly. Homeschooling is something I NEVER considered for our family. After seeing how uncertain our future is in the next year, I felt it was the only way to go for the stability of our family.

We have found a home church that we LOVE! Sovereign Grace Church is where we call home now and are excited to get more involved this fall. They are currently meeting in a high school auditorium and are building their own campus as we speak. It was so obvious to us after only a couple of weeks that this was where God wanted us to attend.

We are back at my mom and dad's and are so thankful for their willingness to have us. It's not easy for anyone to live in close quarters, but we all do the best we can and are learning about respect for other's space, things, and time. We are currently praying that we will be able to find a home of our own (most likely a rental) that we can afford and raise our family in.

The kids and I spent much of the summer taking weekly trips to the shore with friends and family. We also spent the last week of August and first week of September in a rental home with my moms family. It was a wonderful week with family and the beach. The only thing that would have made it better was if Josh could have joined us. But duty called and there was work to be done. And still is, thank God. We are so thankful that he has a job that is not cutting hours, salary, or even employees because of the economy.

Now for some pictures from the summer.

Olivia and Garrett spent a couple of days in the garage with my dad building things with the scrap wood he has out there. Garrett started the building projects when he designed, assembled, and painted his airplane. Olivia got to build a bird house. It was a great time with
P-Pop and I know the kids will remember it for the rest of their lives.

The birdhouse coming together.

Garrett with his airplane.

P-Pop was really impressed with how well Garrett thought out and put together his creation.

Daddy with his boys! LOVE THEM!