2016 is a big time Harvest year for us. Yowza.
In the past 9 months we have:
added a 3rd baby
sold our house and bought another one
DIY remodeled said house
I could stop there and we could all be really tired but, no:)
moved church buildings, and allll the furniture and equipment that comes with that
started remodel project at new church building
moved the church again for steel work
moved it all back
moved the church again
we've been in charge of church events and organizing those and making sure they go well
i moved to a salon and started working outside the home
we've had friends and family visiting from out of town
and birthday parties
and a teething baby and a girl who learned to ride her bike and another girl who's very CAREFULLY learning to swim and life is just FULL AND GOOD and a lot of work.
I'm a little bit tired.
|goodbye old house!|
|hello new house!|
In addition to all the physical things happening, Yahweh is doing a work in our hearts. He's teaching us some new things about finances and governing different areas of our lives even more diligently. We're studying and reading about things like 403B's and Roth IRAs and mutual funds etc. I would have never thought that'd be anywhere on my radar BUT YAHWEH!
|budgets are your friends|
Parenting is always keeping us on our feet. The kids are getting older and with that comes new needs and new directions and it's all so good and challenging.
There's been some hard, hard extended family things going on this year that hit you so hard where it hurts. Late nights staying up praying, interceding, declaring on your loved one's behalf and working diligently on not letting worry enter your mind. (It takes work to not let that intruder in!)
And OH YEAH school is right around the corner - homeschooling two kids at once this year as compared to just one. So that'll be a new opportunity for growth and dependence on the Father.
I'm just thankful for a strong man to walk this year out with. I've been feeling in my heart to turn my attention towards him, to come alongside him and to realize that really, when it's all said and done - he's it. This marriage and our unity is everything. The kids will leave and start their own lives, jobs and to-do's will come and go but at the end of the day, he is who I share my life with and I want to always prioritize US. (That, too, takes work!) But as with all good things, the work is worth it. In this case, it's work that will last generations and effect our lineage after us. I'd say that makes keeping a marriage healthy worth every ounce of effort and devotion and time!