Is our house! Almost everything is out and we are staying with my parents for the week. FUN! I enjoy being there so much and so do our kids. I don't feel sad about leaving our actual house, however our neighborhood makes me soooooo sad to leave. My sister and her family live 1.3 miles away, as do our good friends the Enz's and Peltier's. We will miss these families so much. I know I will feel it a lot more in the Summer because we have 3 parks and a pool in the middle of all our houses that we would meet at daily. Alicia and I would bike all over. But, I just keep reminding myself that we will visit a couple times in the Summer and stay for long periods of time!!! I think Alicia has enough extra bikes to set us up during our visits (see Nick, garage sale bikes are good!). I have had two pretty hard days (well moments) that even though I want to go, it takes all I have to remember that and not ask Dustin if we can change our minds! It kind of feels like we are doing a lot of waiting and anticipating. It feels like it is time to go (well maybe after this week at my parents!!) but after that I feel like I am ready to begin this new chapter and unpack a home! I am excited!! Nervous about emotions, but excited.
Here are some of my favorite moments with these three families...
I have 11 days left here in MN and here is what is going on...
* I lost my small digital camera
* I said good-bye to my high school group of girlfriends this past weekend
* I said good-bye to two old Twister teammates last night
* I have half my kitchen in boxes
* We are meeting with somebody about "what to do with our house" tomorrow
* There are lots of babies on my mind: good friends who have recently had them, and my brother in law and sister in law found out what they are having (however I am not going to spill the beans until they do!!!)
* I lost my HUGE camera today, I was taking pictures and then all of a sudden it was gone, I probably have both packed in some box!
* I said good-bye to my MOMS group today at church. I am going to miss those ladies sooooo much. They all have so much wisdom and I really really love my time with them.
* both kids were in bed before 7 pm tonight!
* I hope to get out of my meeting with "what to do with the house" man tomorrow in time to have a sewing date with my grandma
* Soren was off-the-wall funny today!
* Maeta only napped for 20 minutes today
* Still can't really "go there" in my mind about leaving in 11 days :(
* Excited to stick my feet in beach sand!
* Can't wait to go out with neighborhood gals on Friday!
* Need to make Maeta's tutu for Sami's meet on Sat.
* Packed up almost all the toys in our house just so I wouldn't have to keep cleaning them up to get the house ready to show
...Ahhhhhh, are wonderful. My kids have been going to bed early for the last few months, well Maeta has always, but Soren has given up his naps almost 100%, so by 6:30/7ish they are both wiped and ready to snuggle in for the night. But every so often one decides to just nap for a bit and then get up and spend time playing without having to share mom and dad with anyone else!!! And as much as Dustin and I love our evening chats just the two of us, these nights are the best! How come kids are so funny and creative late at night?
This one got up tonight to spend an extra hour of one-on-two time with mom and dad. She ate it up!
She played babies...
and needed dad to hold and kiss the baby every couple seconds...
she rocked her baby and said, "sh sh sh sh sh"...
and brought me a blanket for her to be wrapped up just like her baby...
But after playing, I got to hold, comfort, and love on my baby!
This past weekend I got to go with my parents and Luke & Courtney to Sam's gymnastics meet at Gustavus. Sam did great, it is always fun watching her, and I had a great time talking with my parents about life and hearing Luke and Courtney's wedding plans!!!! What a blessing it is to jump in my parents car as they drive down to see Sam and have a night out! Sam, you did great and you were beautiful out there!
I follow the Blog, GirlTalk @ http://www.girltalkhome.com/, which is a blog written by a mother and her three daughters who encourage women to live for the Glory of Christ. They encourage me as a woman in ways that are Biblically based. I highly recommend women of all ages and stages to check out this blog and allow them to encourage you as a Biblical woman!
They have a project called 52 Home, where they share the "not always so fun" parts of days through the lense of a camera. As a stay at home mom, sometimes I feel like all I do is shift items around: kids in and out of carseats, diapers from the store-to the house-to the nursery-to a butt-to the garbage, toys up stairs-down stairs-into the bath-into beds, clothes on little bodies-into the laundry-into rooms, and to be honest sometimes I cry out to God and ask Him if this is really what He wants me to be doing for His Kingdom. But when I stop looking with eyes of this world and start looking at these daily activities through the eyes of the Bible I see that I am serving my family and shaping Souls for His Kingdom and for eternity AND that is when my Spirit is filled with JOY in doing the mundane chores of the household. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit and His grace that I may glorify my Creator with my life.
As the Girltalkers say, "The tedious is, in fact, momentous—when done for the sake of Christ: “…so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior” (Titus 2:10)."
So this year I am taking on the challenge of sharing a photo a day (at least 5 out of the 7 days) of my life as a mom trying to bring Glory to His name through daily life.
As most know, we are moving in a few short weeks to the beaches of North Carolina. I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us. But I have to admit, I am really struggling leaving my family and friends. I never imagined I would have to move away from my parents and siblings and I don't know how I will survive this loneliness, BUT I am trusting Christ and am so thankful to have a husband and kids who I am excited to take this adventure with. We are so excited to be moving to a new part of the US, and are really happy about Dustin's new job, but we just wish we could take all you along with us! So in honor of this announcement (I haven't blogged about it yet because I wasn't ready for it to feel real yet) my first picture is of a bush in our beautiful new yard that looks this beautiful even in January!
My little brother is marrying the sweetest girl, and I am so excited for them. I love the man Courtney encourages Luke to be. Right from the start, before getting to fully know Courtney, I thought she was the one for him because I loved the way Luke acted with her. They have such a fun, easy-going, encouraging relationship and every time I see Luke he is grinning ear to ear! Courtney, we love you and are so excited that you are joining our family.