Well, when God closes a door, He opens a window. In a little less than a month Paul and I and the kids will be moving into a home in Grabill, IN to work full time at Gateway Woods. This has been something that we have wanted to do for awhile but never knew when the time would be right (i.e. Paul had a decent job, we have a mortgage, we like where we are at...) But I guess God was tired of our excuses and decided to remove some of them : ) There 'happened' to be an opening for alternate houseparents at Gateway so we interviewed for the position. We start our training on January 12 and begin working on campus the first of February. We are little sad to change the life we have been used to but very excited to be used of God in this capacity. When God closes a door....
For those of you not familiar with the ministry of Gateway Woods, check out their website: www.gatewaywoods.org
Monday, December 15, 2008
This past weekend we celebrated Christmas with Paul's family. We stayed overnight with his mom and dad and stayed up late playing games. We of course had the traditional villia dinner which of course was delicious. We also managed to get a group photo of the fam with all 3 kids being happy (or at least not crying). As a gift I received 2 matching Christmas trees. I want to put them on either side of my front door but since we didn't get a tree this year, I set one up inside (Thank you, Becky!)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Owen and Hannah went to the doctor yesterday for their (late) 2 year and 6 month appointments. Owen is weighing in at 31 lb13 oz and Hannah is a hefty 19 lbs 6 oz (both of them are in the 95 percentile : )
In case the pictures need a little explanation: Owen loves to roll Hannah around on the floor, and surprisingly she loves it too??? And the other shot is of Owen using the head of a broken golf club to "drill" holes in the bookcase. He saw his uncles, grandpa, and daddy using a drill over the weekend and I think the image stuck with him : ) He is getting an imagination and I love it.
And a side note, little Reid went in for surgery this morning to repair a hernia - please pray for healing for Reid and patience for Chet and Amanda.
Monday, December 1, 2008
In case you don't already know, Paul lost his job from ITT a week before Thanksgiving. It has been a different last week I must say, and the Holidays are taking on a different light for sure. Surprisingly I am not freaking out (yet). I have sat down and cried, but then got up and moved on. : ) A few people have made the comment that we might have to think a little harder of something to be thankful for (given the current circumstances) but I beg to differ:
I am thankful that we have 2 healthy children
I am thankful for the warm home we still have
I am thankful that our cupboards are full of food and we really don't need to shop for awhile (I'm going to get creative with beans : )
I am thankful that I get to have Paul home with me for a little bit during this cold weather and during the cozy Christmas season
I am thankful that God has opened up new opportunities for Paul to possibly work elsewhere or even in a different line of work
Most of all, I am thankful that God was and is in control and that His Son still saves
Unfortunately, we did not get to spend any time with my family in Illinois during Thanksgiving as previously planned, which really bummed me out. Hopefully we will be able to make it at Christmas. But we did have a great time with the Suvar's over the holiday weekend. We spent Turkey Day with Paul's uncle, aunt, and cousins and then stayed the next two nights with Paul's brother Ben and his wife. We of course had endless amounts of food and a few deals were found on Black Friday. As you can see from the pictures, Alayna just keeps growing, Hannah is now sitting on her own, and Owen continues to love on Hannah.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have something as wonderful as I do to be thankful for.