Thursday, August 5, 2010

Summer is nearly over??

Wow! I can't believe my last post was in June!! This summer has completely flown by! Here are the life updates...

Pregnancy is cruising on by, just like the summer! In the midst of it, I feel like each day goes slow, but when I look back, and look forward, I can't believe I am halfway through this pregnancy already!! We find out if we will be adding another boy or another girl to our family on Tuesday. We are so excited, and I can't wait to start planning,as well as start the process of coming up with a name. (Though, just like the other two, it will be a secret, no matter how hard you all try... ;) )

Our moving situation is... well, sort of at a standstill. Our initial buyers have taken their house of the market, so are now out of the picture. We are just keeping the house spotless and hoping for showings. It's been frustrating to hear wonderful feedback about our house that always comes with a "but..." The one good thing I can see about this whole showing process is that I have really learned that with a good routine, it is not that hard to keep the house clean! Kyle is a wonderful help with this, and I am SO thankful for him. Hopefully these good habits will continue on...we shall see :) We are not ready to give up on this journey quite yet. We have now lowered our price as low as we can go, and still be able to have this make any sense. We are still holding on to the promise that if this is God's will, he will work it all out. We are also hopeful because it looks like, (if we can sell our house) we will only have to move once!! Our house is nearing the point where they will halt construction until we get a contract, and once we have a contract, we can potentially set closing dates for the same day! That would be an answer to prayer in itself. The other thing we are praying for is that we will be able to close by September 30th and be eligible for the tax credit that was extended, which we were never expecting from the beginning. It would go a long way toward a fence and landscaping!! But, we shall see what God has in store.

Kyle has been blessed the last month or so with extra work which is keeping him busy, and helping make ends meet. We are so thankful for that. He has also been enjoying his Monday night golf league with his dad, and has played in a few other tournaments this summer.

Adelyn is starting preschool next week, which is so hard to believe. She is so ready, and is going to do great! She has been so funny lately about wanting to make friends with every little girl we see out and about. I am praying for her to meet a special little friend in preschool, someone for her to pretend with on the playground and sit next to at lunch. She is a good friend, and loves other kids so much.

Ryland is doing awesome!! He has really adjusted to, and almost seems to enjoy his hearing aids. He seems to be hearing everything, and is really starting to imitate, especially his crazy sister. We are now seeing a WONDERFUL speech therapist at University Hospital every other week. We had missed an appointment, so it had been a month since we saw her, and as we looked back at where he was a month ago, and where he is now, I was SO encouraged!! We have a long road ahead, but God has been good so far, and will see us through. He is still in PT for now. He has started taking quite a few independent steps, and is so proud of himself when he does. It will probably be a matter of only a few more weeks before he is choosing to walk over crawl. And then soon, I'm sure he will be running, and I'll be wondering why I ever wanted him to be on the go! :)

What I've come to discover through this crazy summer, through all of life experiences, being a mother, a wife and friend, is that all that matters in this life is Christ. A new spark has been lit in my heart, that I really cannot explain. It is so easy to get caught up in the stuff, the struggles of this life, and we've had our fair share this summer. I have a tendency to be "independent". I have always just wanted to do it myself. I've got it all under control. I always thought it is just easier to do it myself, and somewhat enjoy the challenge. But what I've come do learn lately, is that I have FAR too much on my plate to handle alone. As I've slowly relinquished control of things, I have so much more peace. Where I have found myself weak, God has filled in the gaps and then some. I am blown away. Lately, the song by Casting Crowns, To Know You has been speaking to me. Every time I listen a new line sticks out. But most obviously, is "To know you is to want to know you more." The more I know the Lord, the more I want to know him. I was given a verse in 2 Timothy that says: "For this reason, fan into flame the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline." God has given me a little spark, a spark to want to grow and know Him. I want that spark to fan into flame, so that my life will be full of power, love and self-discipline. I pray that you will be given a spark today, to know Him if you don't already, or to want to know him more.