The thought in my head today?--
"Whoever acknowledges Me before man, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before man, I will disown before my Father in heaven."
As fall is approaching and we are enjoying the solitude of the season, I can also see a change inside these four walls. Since I am inside of them all day. Every day. The kids seem more peaceful. More loving. More gentle. Don't get me wrong-the corner is still a remotely popular place in our house. But I do believe that we are moving forward and making progress. Since I had Braden everyone that saw us would constantly say, "It will get easier." I knew that it would but I felt like it was an ongoing, unending tunnel I was locked in. Now, I feel as if I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My baby's are now toddler's. They grow increasingly independent with every day that passes and get along incredibly well for the most part. It's a joy to stay at home with them and watch these changes take place. I am thankful that we are blessed enough to allow that to happen. God has been so faithful!
After much prayer about Daniel finding a new job, and praying that God would close any door that we were not supposed to walk through so there would be no confusion for the path we were supposed to follow--God did indeed close a door. At this point Daniel will be staying with the post office.
We feel that God planted us here 2 years ago for a purpose and we are not standing on the fact that He will pull through and provide for us no matter what man or this earthly economy may say. Currently, he has been working 6 days a week with at least 4 hours of over time on top of that. It's been a huge blessing and we are grateful that, at least for this day, God's provision is sustaining this family. He absolutely receives all the glory for His never failing plan and protection in our lives!!!
Nora is learning so much all of the sudden! She knows almost all of her numbers by name and can recognize them! She knows a few of her letters and loves to be read to. She constantly says to us, "What you say?" which is Daniel's favorite thing to repeat because she is just so cute. She is nosey and wants an ear on every conversation we have. She's like me that way. And her opinions are so bold! She will comment on everything from my hair to Jeni's clothes and will tell us if she hates it or loves it. She's hilarious, but so loving. She thinks she's big stuff the last few days, showing Bubby how to eat all of his food and clean his plate. She's a great big sister.
Speaking of Brother...
This boy is such a little fancy. He tip-toes around this house all day, every day. If I tell him to get off his toes, he giggles and runs away as if it's a joke. Now he knows it's funny so he does it even more. He has just recently started the "why?"--questioning anything and everything we tell him. I love the wonder that he expresses! He lovessss to snuggle with me and is really into playing pretend right now. If I pick him up and say, "look everyone...he's my newborn," he will close his eyes and pretend to be a sleeping baby. He's quickly open his eyes, sit up and scream "I woke up!" It's so cute! He also likes to act like a bear, crawling through our house or yard on his hands and knees. Not exactly what we thought he would do while Daniel was showing them the bear walk. But that's Braden for ya. Goofy and quirky.
As for me, I am spending alot of time reading and diving in to my new book club book. It's great and I really enjoy the interaction that the forum is offering. So many godly women with so many different thoughts is truly challenging and changing my walk! Speaking of walks, I have been trying to take the kids on short walks at least every evening. If I keep them short and slow, my leg doesnt seem to hurt anymore than it does just sitting here. However, if I push myself at all, I can really feel it at bed time.
I am working on Abby's baby shower and spending a lot of time brainstorming to make it absolutely perfect for her. I am surrounded by pregnant women and still feel no desire whatsoever to reproduce every again at this point. haha. I am really enjoying the kids and am also spending alot of time researching preschool homeschooling curriculum's. It's a fun process and I really think the kids will enjoy some structured time during our winter days!
I wanted to thank all of you that read my writing faithfully! It encourages me to know that when I pray over these words, they are going forth and producing fruit in lives! I hear your stories and comments and it touches me. Daniel comes home and tells me of the many women who read my blog through the day and I am in awe of how God is using me to encourage you. Please know that if you ever have a prayer request, you can email it to me and I will devote my time to taking that request to God. You are not alone, and never have to be. I love standing in the gap and interceding for people. And no request is ever too small for God. Let me join you in watching your prayers be answered!