Update and some pic’s

I’m continuing to battle continuous migraines, but thankfully I’m on a preventative medication now that is helping them to be less severe (it’s especially helped the nausea).  It’s still difficult though having one most days.  I’m currently on a hypoallergenic diet (read more about it here) to see if any of my symptoms are food allergy related.  Unfortunately, so far I haven’t noticed any changes, but it’s good to at least hopefully rule that out.  The diet has been sanctifying as I am only eating Free range chicken, a shortened list of fruits and veggies, rice, lentils and quinoa.  (Oh how I’d love a cup of coffee or a bite of chocolate!) This makes my breakfasts and late night snacks look pretty interesting at times.  =)  (I’ve been caught nibbling on roasted chicken, or a bowl of carrots late at night, ha!)  I often eat sweet potatoes for breakfast now which I’m starting to get used to.

The Lord is continuing to pour out His grace, strength and perspective during this trial.  Keith is serving me really well, especially with this diet as I’m constantly preparing foods since nothing can be “processed.”  He’s been helping a lot in the kitchen and I’m very thankful for how He’s loving me in this.

The girls are doing really well…

Lillian will be 4 in April and is a bundle of energy and joy.  She is simply hilarious and is developing quite the sense of humor.  I often hear her say, “I’m just telling a joke on you!” after saying something funny.  She keeps us laughing for sure.  I prayed from the beginning of motherhood that my children would have merciful hearts towards those who are weak as they grow up with a mom with a chronic illness.  By God’s grace, we are beginning to see fruits of these prayers as Lillian is a very merciful and caring child.

Ivy is just about 6 months old and I just can’t believe it.  I keep trying to freeze her in this precious baby stage but it’s just not working!  =)  Ivy can be described quite well in one word and that’s “sweet.”  She is a very easy going girl with an almost constant smile.  She’s starting to belly laugh and it makes us all laugh.  Oh what a joy she is!

Ok, finally, some pictures…..  =)

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Random things I’m loving…

1.  Coke Slurpee’s- (I usually only splurge with one on a road trip or when I’m sick, but we’ve been sick a lot)   =)

2.  Eskimo kisses from Lil – everyone should be able to experience this hilariousness

3.  Family Days on Thursdays

4.  Keith’s preaching

5. Walks in the woods

6.  Church Family Suppers – every Wednesday (great fellowship and a break from cooking!)

7.  Watching the Lord send out dear friends to the mission field

8.  Reading the Gospel of Luke

9.  Driving past scenic views, cows and horses each day

10. Daffodil and Crocus bulbs peeking through the soil

11.  Visits from friends

11.  Did I mention this little girl?….

Good-bye Louisville

I’ve kind of avoided talking about the fact that Keith, Lil and I are moving to Va this week.  There are SO many emotions to process and I just don’t know where to begin.  We moved here to KY 8 years ago, had been married a week, and were just excited to finally live life together.  Louisville has been such a great place.  A place where the Lord has shown us His faithfulness, especially in times of trial.  A place of blessing as we covenanted together with the people that make up this church. I’ve been fed God’s word and have been challenged as I’ve learned how to better love and serve God’s people.  I’m leaving here changed.  Changed by the God who led us here and who’s leading us to VA.  He’s been faithful and full of grace as I slowly learn how to be a wife and mom.  I’m thankful for the friends I’ve come to love here.  Friends that I praise God I’m going to spend eternity with.  Isn’t life in God’s kingdom full of wonderful promises?

I’m also thankful that God is leading us to our new church full of loving people I can’t wait to get to know better.  The Lord has graciously led us with clarity and we feel confident in Him as we go.  I am thankful that even in transitions the Lord remains the same and I can rest in His constancy and stability.

Sadness, Thanksgiving, Excitement, Fear, Anticipation, Peace, Joy….can they all happen at once?  I guess I’m living proof.

I came here as a new wife.  I’m leaving as a wife, mom and pastors wife.  Please Lord, find me faithful!

Union with Christ and Thanksgiving

I was challenged last week as I read this quote by Jerry Bridges in his book “The Practice of Godliness.”

“Thanksgiving is a normal result of a vital union with Christ, and a direct measure of the extent to which we are experiencing the reality of that union in our daily lives.”

Wow, what a humbling reminder that if I’m united with Christ then I will overflow with thanksgiving.  I was challenged as I thought about my own thankfulness (or really lack of!) as a measure of the vitality of my walk with Christ.  I find it so easy to get bogged down by the weight of this world and to allow this to squelch any thankfulness.

Even this week I’ve found myself much more symptomatic and have wrestled with feeling down about how I’m feeling physically.  But if change my focus to seeking union with Christ I am quickly reminded that I am SO incredibly blessed and should be going through my day overflowing with thanksgiving.

Help me Lord to seek your face, to be unified with you in a vital union and for my heart to well up with thanksgiving in a song a praise!