2013, the year of change. It seems as if almost everything in our life has changed this year. For once though, we do still live in the same house. It's had a few debt-free facelifts like new hardwood in the kitchen and dining room, free carpet in the computer room, a paint job in the "red" room which is now beige and houses the master, a half finished remodeled bathroom, a new dryer, dishwasher, and stove. Yeah, it's been a big year for home improvements.
Jeremy started his job in real estate. I think that will forever be an adventure. : ) It's been a huge blessing in so many ways but a challenge in lots of areas too. Josh is half way through 9th grade, his first homeschooled year. And of course Eva graced our family with her presence...in the hospital lobby, a story I'll never forget. As I try to type this up, she's maneuvering around the floor getting into all kind of mischief.
The Lord has taught us so much, some hard lessons, some easier ones. He's shown us some areas that we were residing in legalism and some we needed to tighten up. It's been a year of growth, sometimes a struggle for growth. I feel like a failure in so many ways, in every area of my identity: Christian, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. My lack of discipline plagues me daily. But His grace is new every day, for which I am beyond grateful. So often I want to take His Word and my family and pull a blanket over our heads and hide in the closet. There is so much I want to teach them, to warn them, to show them, to hide them, to protect them. The warning bell sounds. Time is drawing near and I continually squander my days. I desire change. My soul burns with hope for change, for once to be consistent in purposefulness. But distractions call, the work calls and I chose the good instead of the best.
I miss blogging. I miss getting the chance to sit down and pound out my thoughts and keep detailed records of days. But our days are so full there's not much time or energy left over for blogging. As you notice my posts have turned into posts with only pictures and a few words, only for the sake of my blurb book. So for now, I've decided to pretty much give up blogging. My plan it to communicate via Facebook and Instagram and make photos books to supplement for the blurb book. I plan to keep the blog up to occasionally post big news or just for my own ability to review the blog at will.