I guess I don’t really have very much interesting to say…which is why I took an unintentional blog break last week. Just a bunch of random updates…
Well the house is coming along, but the further we go into it, the more there seems left to be done. It is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. There is not a single room in the house that is done. All of our stuff is here, and mostly put away…but we are far from finished. I’m trying to be better about letting people in to see a little of the chaos and trying not to preface everything with: “well we still want to add/change/do….” I guess I still haven’t learned all of my moving lessons yet, but one of the biggest things I’ve become aware of is how the unfinished nature makes me feel out of control, which in turn makes me ratchet down on things I do have control over, which never turns out well, and ultimately spirals from there. Our kitchen is the most completed room and likewise the area we spend the most time in, so that is a blessing.
Our respite has continued to be the outdoors. Yesterday afternoon, we took a walk, fed the neighbor’s mules, and then played and ate dinner outside. It was storybook lovely and I hope we never take it for granted.
We tried a new church yesterday at the prompting of our neighbors…and liked it for all of the opposite reasons we liked our first church. I guess we have some more decisions yet to make.
Lately I have been struck by how grown up MG is becoming. Her vocabulary is quite extensive now and her memory is spot on. I am often amazed at the things she remembers and what triggers these memories. We’ve been talking a lot about the story of Easter these past two weeks since being home and though death and arisen and sin are far from her conceptual grasp, she really does understand the heart of the story. It is amazing how clear the Gospel is, that even a three year old can understand.
N shared a beautiful picture with me related to all of this. As you know, MG has always been very drawn to babies and even still equates Jesus to being a baby. How neat is it that God created in her this unique attraction and used something that resonates deeply within her to begin wooing her to Him.
Speaking of babies, I babysat two boys for some friends of ours while they were away on vacation. The boys were just about the same age as the girls which was a lot of fun, but also crazy…like having two sets of twins. MG was my constant left-hand man, always willingly. In fact, she has now begun assessing situations and inserting herself into them as need be. I am so blessed to have such a smart helper as my first born.
And Bea has taken to the role of the baby. Cute and sweet, always on the verge of a giggle. True to nature, she will not let the attention stray to far from her, but only grabs for it sweetly, with a big smile, or a flirtatious giggle, or a lock of the eyes.
God has blessed.