Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Less of me, and more of You Jesus!

Many of you asked for an update on how we are doing. First, let me start off by saying how much we have appreciated the love, prayers, support, and well wishes from you during my blogging break and also now that I have started blogging again. Second, I did want to give you a quick update on how we're doing but this won't be a normal for me on this blog. I don't want this blog to be focused on our family or what we're up to. Our life is really just ordinary, it is the Lord Jesus Christ who makes it extraordinary! In all honesty we wouldn't have anything without the Grace that God has shown to us. My passion for this blog is that the focus will always, always remain on Him! 

I want my life and this blog to be less of me, and more of HIM!

With that being said, I did want to give you a quick update on our family:

*Soon after I stopped blogging we were doubly blessed in the adoption of a precious little blonde headed baby boy and a beautiful blue-eyed baby girl all in one year. Talk about an unexpected and abundant blessing. ("Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us," Ephesians 3:20)  Ethan is now 3 and he is full of life! (he keeps me busy!) He loves any type of sport and could literally play outside from sun up to sun down. Even though he is all boy, he is still very sweet and compassionate and has been a wonderful big brother to Aubrey. Aubrey is 2 and she is our little sweetheart. She is very tenderhearted and has the sweetest little personality. She is absolutely hilarious and keeps us laughing constantly. Ethan and Aubrey are our joy and we feel so incredibly humbled, honored, and forever grateful that the Lord entrusted us with two precious children. I feel so undeserving to be their Momma.

*Soon after Aubrey was born we joined an amazing church here in town. I couldn't even begin to put into words what a blessing it has been to find such a humble, encouraging, selfless and servant-hearted body of believers to worship with. I am blessed over and over again every time I walk through the doors. We are so thankful the Lord called us to such a special church family.

*The past several months our family has drastically changed our eating habits. We stopped eating out and are eating mostly organic. We are also doing a lot of juicing. We are all much healthier and feel so much better! It has been a pretty drastic change for us but one we will never regret. 

*I recently started a small monogramming business which has always been a dream of mine and I am absolutely loving it! It has been so much fun making clothes and monogramming shirts for my little ones. 

*Since my previous blog we have been busy enjoying life and cherishing every second of this season of life. 

We have:
-Started new family traditions
-Taken several unforgettable trips
-Made lots of memories 
-Been on lots of new adventures
-Stepped out of our comfort zone
-Met some new life-long friends
-Experienced our first Hillsong concert (which was amazing!)
-Marked several things off of my Bucket List
-Made some tough and life changing decisions
-Grown closer as husband and wife and closer as a family   

After adopting Ethan and Aubrey not only did I not have the time to blog but I wanted to spend every waking moment I had being the best Momma I could be for Ethan and Aubrey. That is one of the main reasons I stopped blogging. In all honesty I had lost my desire to blog and really had no intentions to ever blog again. For whatever reason the past year or so the Lord put that desire back in my heart again but out of fear I chose not to. I'm sorry for the abrupt way I closed my blog, "A Love Worth Waiting For" but I'm not sorry for that precious time I had with my family. I am excited that many of our faithful friends have found us here on this blog and I'm also excited for the new friends! We are so glad you are here!

I pray that you see Jesus through my words and that you are encouraged here. Our family is not perfect--we are far from it. We are unworthy sinners and so undeserving of the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon our family. As unworthy as we are, we do have a deep desire to serve the Lord and to follow Him wherever He may lead. We are thankful for the valleys and for the mountain tops. It is in those times we have learned, we have grown, we have learned to lean on the Lord and trust in His promises. I don't know where the Lord will lead our family in the year 2014 but we are so looking forward to the amazing new adventures that are ahead!