It’s been quiet on this blog, partly because I’ve posted on the other blog a couple times, but partly because I don’t have much to say. There’s a lot going on in our lives here, but that means I don’t have as many thoughts left over at the end of the day to write about in a blog post.
One thing I have appreciated lately is an increase in energy. I think it’s because M is finally sleeping well–more often than not, she’ll sleep from 7pm-7am, waking up at 11pm to eat, and then sleep the rest of the night. It’s glorious to wake up at 7am and realize I got a full night’s sleep. But that also makes the nights where she wakes up to eat once or twice even more painful. I think I also have an increase in energy because of the 3-5 cups of coffee I drink a day. 😉 And I think my energy is increased from the healthier diet I’ve been eating.
I also think not having a newborn increases my energy. I love having a newborn. The squishy face, the cuddles, the smell. But this time around, I was ready to get out of the newborn stage. Now that M’s almost 6 months (I’ll do a 6 month blog post on my other blog), I’m LOVING this age! She’s still semi-immobile, but interacts and smiles all the time, and she can handle the energy of her siblings, so they’re enjoying her more too. I also think I’m just getting out of the cloud of such a hard time in our family. The autumn and winter here was cool, the sickness stayed around, and with lack of sleep and just busyness at church, it was all pretty overwhelming and difficult. I’m thankful that as August starts and the spring is in sight, things are looking up. We’ve had a week here and there where no one has been sick, which is a blessing. It gives me hope that we may actually someday be relatively healthy as a family again.
We’re also hitting a very new phase of our church. John’s been here 1.5 years, which means we’e starting to begin some changes that have been needed for quite some time. When the church called John, they wanted to change things. They wanted to be an outward-facing church, but also a church who had a strong community amongst their members. Recently we’ve been revamping the Bible studies in order to create a greater Gospel-focused community among the members, and John’s been preaching more on discipleship. We’re also making plans to do more outreach in the community, including a VBS next year and our Christmas in July dinner that we just had last week.
Not only are we temporarily changing our morning ladies’ Bible study content, but we’re adding an evening ladies’ Bible study for those working women who wanted to be a part of a Bible study. We also just started something called The Titus Project, a women’s discipleship program that will bring older women and younger women in the church together over prayer and Bible reading. We’ve planned term events for the women (there are 4 school terms, and our goal is to have an event once a term) and are hoping to get a church retreat going for 2018. So many plans, so little time! It’s an exciting time for the women’s committee, but that also means it’s been busier for me, as I’m one of the members of the committee, helped spearhead The Titus Project, and will be leading the evening Bible studies. I’m excited for this opportunity but I’m also slightly worried about getting all the planning and studying done that needs to happen in order for the Bible studies to be productive and engaging. Thankfully I have a small group of willing ladies who want to help lead, which has been a blessing.
John’s been busy as well. With faithful Gospel-centered preaching comes more counseling opportunities. And with an emphasis on one-anothering comes more chances to have people over, both during the work day and for dinner. Our college and career group is still thriving, and John’s planning a new series every other Sunday night that focuses on building up leaders in the church. It will teach them how to be Gospel-centered while they teach, while they evangelize, and while they just live their lives. He’s really excited for the study, but it’s also more work to plan and prepare.
We’re also going to be able to stop for a night next week and celebrate our 7th anniversary. 7 years. We’ve gone through a lot in 7 years, but I’ve enjoyed these years immensely. They’ve been challenging–no one ever said a Southern boy and a Midwest girl would have an easy, argument-free marriage 🙂 –but they’ve been fun, too. I’m thankful John’s in a church that he (and we) loves, doing a job he’s called to, to a people who are (mostly) thankful for his hard work. I’m also thankful to God for giving us each other. 4 kids in 7 years–that doesn’t sound that bad. But man. It’s been a hard road. Thankfully God has brought us through to this moment, and we’re confident He’ll keep His promise to us and continue to walk us through the rest of our years on earth, together.