Life is full. Full of to do’s. Full of love. Full of people. Full of moments. Full. Just plain full. Sometimes it can be hard to keep your head about you. Here’s the secret – keep your focus on things … Continue reading
Thankfulness is a trait that Will and I have endeavored to set as a pillar of our marriage. Considering we’ve only been married for about 4 1/2 years, I’d say that we are still early on in our marriage. That … Continue reading
Before I can share with you about our daughter’s birth and life so far, I feel the need to finish the story of our pregnancy. The last update I gave was at 20 weeks – half way through the pregnancy. … Continue reading
Do you have verses that you pray over your life, your friends, or your family? Are their certain verses that really remind you of a certain person or vice versa do certain people bring certain verses to mind?
Here’s a funny story –
Will and I are reading through the Bible this year. We typically listen to the chapters for the day from our Bible app in the evenings. One night as we were listening, I heard this verse that just hit me. I knew that was the verse for the Little Pom Pom. I knew it was supposed to be my prayer for this child. The next morning, I looked the verse up in my Bible so that I could underline it and write a note next to it. Wouldn’t you know, there was already a note there from sometime in the past about how I wanted this verse to by my prayer and people’s reaction to Will and I’s future child. Isn’t God funny like that!
Luke 1:66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
This verse sort of concludes the story of the birth of John the Baptist. It is talking about how the events leading up to John’s birth and his birth impacted people, causing them to give glory God, and recognize that God was clearly at work and with this new baby.
I want nothing more and nothing less than that for the Little Pom Pom. I want our friends, family, anyone else who hears about our child, and I especially want the Little Pom Pom to go through life with the confidence of this verse propelling and comforting him/her.
This verse (along with the prayers, words of encouragement, and verses spoken over us) was a source of peace and reassurance as we awaited our 20 ultrasound today. There are so many ways that Satan can trip you up and lead you into a place of worry and anxiety during pregnancy. Over the last month of this pregnancy Will and I found ourselves wandering down the path to anxiety and fear. But you know what – God was so faithful to gently lead us out of that place and back to security and trust in His character and the knowledge that this child is HIS plan.
Today, April 5, 2016, we had our 20 week anatomy scan ultrasound. Everything checked out! The Little Pom Pom is an A++ baby. An active, ornery, stubborn A++ baby. He/she was squirming so much the ultrasound tech could hardly get the need measurements. It took 10 minutes to get him/her to reveal the gender, and the whole time he/she kept sticking its tongue out!
We feel so blessed and relieved to know that our child is developing correctly according to the medical world’s standards, but no matter what happens, we can rest assured that this baby is developing according to God’s plan. And we, along with everyone else, can watch and say “What then shall this child be?” because the hand of the Lord is with him/her.
This was a speech I gave this week. How many of you have ever run some point? This means we have something in common. For me, my life on the run started at Age 4. At 4 I made two very … Continue reading
We are now officially out of the first trimester – 15 weeks along! Although it definitely wasn’t the most fun, I still count myself pretty blessed! Thankfully, it flew by! It was a season of joy, celebration, adjusting, and new … Continue reading
Today I want to tell you the story of how I found out about the Little Pom Pom and how I told Will. December 15th, 2015 was the day that our reality changed. We were not trying, we were trying … Continue reading
February 7th is one of our favorite days of the year. It’s our “Valentine’s Day.” Five years ago it was Super Bowl weekend and a farm boy from Kentucky (Will) had come all the way to Kansas to take a … Continue reading
Where to begin? Somehow, January is nearly over. The end of 2015 came with a whirlwind of homework (Organic Chemistry is a life eater…), a transition in jobs, weddings, all that the holidays entail, and plenty of other things to fill in any gaps that were left.
Looking back at last year, two things are very apparent.
1) Yes, we did a lot.
2) But God did a lot more.
Looking back at 2015, there are many memories to look back on and cherish. We bought our first house! We had the chance to explore the mountains Colorado and share the love of Jesus in the shadow of the mountains of Haiti. We bought our first car! Devra ran her first marathon, and qualified for the Boston Marathon! She started a new job with Trainer Joe’s Health and Weight Loss.
We had the privilege to open our home to two amazing roommates and the joy of living life in community. We were exposed to the adventures of home ownership having to replace the furnace and water heater and getting to build, hang, and make the Walsh House our own.
Yes, we did all of those things, but that is also where item 2 comes into play. Through all of those and many other everyday adventures this year we continued to learn and see that God has a plan, and He always provides. We don’t always know what His plan is, His timing, or how He is going to provide, but that’s part of what makes life an adventure.
2015 was a year of opening up our home and hearts to those around us. A year of putting down roots while also looking to the future. It has been a fast year, but a full year too. It was a year of blessings, stresses, opportunities, challenges, and overall it was a year that left us saying “Wow God! You are amazing, and You are here!”
Looking forward to the rest of 2016, we have set some goals:
- Spiritual – Read through the Bible and pray together daily.
- Work – For Will, to continue to give his best at work and continue developing himself as a leader and manager. For Devra, to learn and grow in her new role with Trainer Joe’s and help grow the business this year.
- School – For Devra to continue doing her best and getting the best grades she can.
- House – get the office set up, hang curtains, organize the garage.
- Dreams – Get chickens and have a better garden than last year. Continue to pray about and pursue our dreams.
- Relationships – find practical and intentional ways to serve and invest in each other. Find ways to be a better friend to our friends.
Those are just a few of our goals for the coming year, and so far I think that we are doing pretty good! BUT it is only January still; we will see what the next 11 months bring! Whatever they throw our way, we know that God is for us. He is always on our side. He will always make a way and provide the grace that we need for this life. And if there’s one theme we’ve seen in our marriage it’s to not underestimate God. I am sure we will learn that even more this year.
Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday. I am not kidding when I say that he starts looking forward to it in September. He LOVES the food, but I think it is more than that too. Will is what I call … Continue reading