Sep 14, 2013
I didn't intend to neglect this blog for over a month now, but life happens!
My best excuse is that I have been preoccupied, tired, and sick much of the time. Which brings me to my news: we're expecting another little one early next April!
Our babies will be sixteen and a half months apart, a fact which has gotten us a few raised eyebrows but most share our excitement and don't write us off as crazy, thankfully :)
It feels a little unreal - in many ways I feel like I'm still adjusting to being a mama, getting used to the fact that we have a child and soon we'll have two? But I am thankful and joyful at this gift of a new little life! Being Joshua's mommy over the past ten months has changed me and shown me a kind of love I didn't know before...so it can only get better as God grows our family.
Blogging, facebook, looking up information, watching tv online, email, pinterest...really, how could one survive without ready access to these things!
But Loris and I have talked about it and came to the conclusion that it's been too much of a distraction over the last while. Between his interest in soccer (and the growing desire to be constantly checking scores and keeping up on Italy games) and my often mindless flitting about on facebook and blogs, we decided that we just want the freedom of more easily choosing other things to spend our time on. It's not that what we use the internet for is bad in and of itself, it's just been too easy to waste time!
I'm looking forward to spending more time reading books, more time in the Word, more undistracted time with my husband and little boy when we're home together. I'm looking forward to writing more without the distraction of "just opening up the internet to check a few things..."
And to clarify, we are not against the internet! We just feel that for us, this is the right choice for right now. I'll still have access elsewhere so I do plan on posting here periodically and keeping up with some of you.
Well I believe it's time to indulge in a big bowl of vanilla yoghurt with strawberries...baby needs its evening snack you know!
Aug 4, 2013
Have you heard of Corrie ten Boom? She was a Dutch Christian who lived in Holland with her elderly father and sister during World War II. They hid Jews from the Nazis in their home and were eventually arrested. Their father passed away in prison shortly after but Corrie and her sister Betsie were sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany where they endured horrific conditions. After almost a year of suffering Betsie passed away and shortly after Corrie was miraculously released due to a clerical error. Their story is told in detail in Corrie's first book, "The Hiding Place" (which was later made into a film).
I recommend it, but my favourite of her books is the sequal she wrote called "Tramp for the Lord" in which she documents life after walking away from Ravensbruck.
Amazingly, she did not retreat into a private life of bitterness and resentment. Instead she answered the Lord's call to travel around the world as a missionary sharing her story of suffering and redemption, using her experiences as a platform to speak about forgiveness and the transforming love of Christ.
She writes in a simple and honest way that draws you in and makes you feel like you are sitting at a kitchen table hearing her talk over cups of tea. Many chapters read as separate short essays as she recounts stories and life lessons from her travels around the globe.
I'll admit, there are a couple sections where I might tend to disagree with some of her theological ideas but these really are minor points.
I was encouraged over and over again as I read this book, seeing her strong reliance upon God and childlike faith. So I thought I would document just a few of the impressions and lessons that I've learned from Corrie, which I'll share next post.
Jul 29, 2013
The summer is fast slipping away...but is there any other kind of summer apart from the long, meandering summer days of childhood?
Nope, it seems there is no escaping it!
This summer has been different for me, the first I haven't worked - or rather - that I haven't worked a paying job. The first summer in a number of years without definite vacation plans or even a weekend away. It has been good though, my husband has been home (he's still looking for work) and we've been able to enjoy simple days together, working on home renovation projects or in our garden, taking day trips and just enjoying time with family and friends.
The 23rd of this month marked two milestones - my husband and I celebrated two years of marriage, and our little guy turned 8 months old. (Forgive me, Joshua, for not keeping up on your month-to-month posts!)
We were married in a quaint little country church with just under a hundred people in attendance, a hot summer day bright with sun and laughter and joy. It was perfect.
In a sense the last two years have flown by, but I also feel like we've been together much longer. After all, we've been through several different jobs, a move from one city back to my home town, an apartment and our first house, pregnancy and the birth of our first child. A lot of living packed into a relatively short amount of time!
Getting ready to go out for dinner (without baby along, what a rare thing!) I thought about what great wisdom I've acquired, being married this amount of time :) And you know, the one thing I kept thinking of is how I have fallen so short of who I aim to be as a wife, so short of what Scripture calls me to, as a woman who professes Christ. Loris is gracious and most often sees only the good, praising me. But I know the selfishness that still lies so deep in my heart, displayed when I snap or think of myself first time and time again.
So although I could think of a few things I have learned, and perhaps have acquired some wisdom along these two short years to counsel someone newer to this than me, my overwhelming thought was just I have so far to go.
But that is a grace in itself, to see the imperfection and mistakes but to desire to change, to grow...and to be given yet another day to walk together in this life, husband and wife.
Each new day - will we take the opportunities to put one another first, to love deeper, to seek a better understanding, to practice patience, to build up and not tear down?
|(An after-dinner anniversary walk)|
|These two, my best earthly-blessings.|
And so we look to another year together (if the Lord wills), enjoying the good gifts our Father gives that oh we don't deserve but we thank Him for them!
Jul 7, 2013
I am lacking in discipline to blog much these days. I have many thoughts and ideas that could turn into posts but somehow it feels like too much effort to sit down and organize them into coherent or worthwhile paragraphs.
I will blame it on a mix of busyness, distractions, and maybe a lack of structure. I want to write, I itch to write, but other things come up or steal my attention. I will have to think about how I can purposely make time for this outlet and then stick with it.
But it's summer, and who wants to think about schedules or discipline right now! It will probably be fall before I try to post on a regular schedule again, although no doubt I'll be back several times before then. Can't let this space get too lonely!
For now, a picture, because one of you asked - my little sister and her husband who were married a week ago yesterday. (I think she makes one of the loveliest brides I've seen.) Their day was beautiful and I am so happy for her, although saddened that we'll be living a couple hours apart now.
|Photo credit: Kaitlin Andrews|
I did, of course, sternly point out to her that she is breaking our childhood pact to have families and raise our children down the street from one another. How dare she...but life must go on.
I pray (earnestly) that God would bless them as they begin their lives together in the precious covenant that is marriage.