It’s been almost three years since I posted, and A LOT has happened with my family! Before I get into that, let me tell you quickly why I’m back and what you can expect to see here.
In addition to using this blog to allow glimpses into my family’s shenanigans, I’ve decided to start sharing some of the things that help make our lives a little easier. Basically, we are morphing into a “lifestyle blog.” I’m pretty excited about it! Check out my updated About Me section for a little more detail.
Okay, now for the juicy stuff.
In the past three years, Tim and I have both changed jobs, we added a baby girl to our family and then picked it all up and moved to the midwest. In June of 2015, I started staying home with Mr. Baby and I absolutely love it! I definitely feel like God made me to be a homemaker and mama. Just a few months later, we found ourselves pregnant with baby #3, and in July of 2016 we welcomed Itty Bitty Izzie, our sweet and sassy Isabelle Rhea. And then just a few months after that, in October of 2016, we left our home in Texas and moved to Nebraska.
Life in the midwest has been…another opportunity for growth in us. We discussed this move and prayed about it for quite a while. The majority of my family is here, including all of my kids’ cousins. After we had our babies, I really missed my mom and really wanted that big extended family. So on one of our visits, Tim started checking out the job market and was immediately hired. We went back to Texas and one week later we were moving a 2-year-old, 3-month-old, and the rest of our life north.
Our first few months here were rough! We got news that Tim’s job would be delayed by about six weeks, which meant no income. Did I mention we still own our home in Texas? So, yeah, we were still paying a mortgage during this time too. We were staying in my parents’ basement and what we anticipated to be just a few weeks turned into a year. It’s incredible how much you can be set back financially when you have no income for six weeks.
To say we were stressed would be an understatement. I started working a part time job in February of 2017 to try to help pick up the slack. By this time, the restaurant Tim was originally hired with had finally opened, but there were still growing pains.
I felt like the Israelites crying out to God in the desert. “Why did you bring us here to die? Why couldn’t we just stay in Egypt (or Texas) and die there?” We missed our friends. We missed our church. We missed our house. But we loved all the time we were getting with the extended family and watching the kids with their cousins.
Now that things have normalized some, we can see more clearly how God was providing for us. We had a place to stay, rent free. My mom and step-dad were pretty awesome in encouraging us and showing us support. We found a church where we felt we fit in and could be used. My job was exactly what I prayed for when it came to hours, days, and pay. God was with us every step of the way.
Our new normal consists of a small apartment (we turned our TX home into a rental for the time being), steady income for both Tim and I, volunteering once a week for me and the kids, and plenty of church and family activities. Today, the kids and I are staying warm and cozy while we watch the snow fall. Actually, it’s more like a rushing white wall out there. We’re in a blizzard warning, but hooray for a snow day!
We’re not really sure what God has planned for our family, but we will continue to trust Him no matter where we are or what we face.
Thanks for checking back with me and please keep stopping by! I’m super excited to share all kinds of fun things with you and see what we can learn together.