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This is happening!

It seems strange to us that we’re finally here!  Not that we’ve arrived or anything.  Just this point on the journey has seemed so far away for so long, and always out of reach, that to finally be done with five years of residency seems…strange…but in a good way.  We’re growing up!  🙂  There is an element of feeling like we’ve hit the pause button on life during these years of training and that we should still be 22 or at most, 25 instead of 30s.  Our children are daily reminders that life is not on hold.  As the days go by, they’re growing and learning and eventually will be all grown up all too soon.

I didn’t just brainstorm and one day pick Psalm 118:23 to be my life verse, but I think gradually it has become a key verse that really defines my life, my outlook and my attitude.  THIS is the day!  The Lord has made TODAY for me.  I WILL rejoice!  My outward circumstances, the weather, interruptions, lack of sleep…none of that has to dictate my attitude if I view today as a unique gift from God and live today to the fullest.  I remember one dreary, cold, rainy day several years ago mentioning something to George that the weather was making me feel down in the dumps and kind of melancholy.  He asked me “why?”  and told me I shouldn’t let a little thing like the weather determine whether I have a good day or a bad day.  That question and advice has really stuck with me!  I don’t want to waste my life pining away for what I don’t have, or for what is to be in the future, and not live it up today.  That reminds me of a quote by Jim Elliott, “Wherever you are, be all there.  Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

Two days ago, George was in the OR at Northwestern for the last time.  He’s turned in his pager and is now studying hard for boards.  Our house is half packed…or maybe a quarter packed and in two weeks time, we will be getting ready to hit the road for another adventure.  🙂

DSC_0904Studying hard!



imageI can’t believe this is really, truly happening! A sweet friend from church who has two little girls has very generously offered two of her afternoons to take our older two girls to play while the younger two nap so that I can get some packing done. I’ve gotten a lot in boxes already but have a lot more to do. Thankfully we still have a few weeks before our move date. Friday I spent all afternoon packing our laundry room and homeschooling supplies/materials that we stored in there. I awakened yesterday to a super sore back and ended up pretty much spending the entire day in bed. I really wanted to go to church this morning but was in too much pain. I was able to watch the service online though and by the end of the sermon, my back was feeling like it had turned a corner. It’s still not 100% but at least I can get around and lift Lydia!

Starting a new blog

Since we’re getting ready to move for George’s fellowship year, I thought it would be fun to begin a blog so our friends and family can keep up to date with us and to record our family’s adventures as we explore our new home and community!  I’m hoping it is a interactive blog….not just people looking around and leaving.  Follow us, leave comments and let us know what’s up with you too!  🙂