6 Months – Foundations of Parenting

It’s official Charlie is half a year old!  We have a six month old. Thursday was her half birthday.  I really can’t comprehend how this happened.  These 6 months have been smiley, exhausting, teaching, grace-filled, and an absolute memory making jackpot.

Over these last 6 months we have been learning and growing and coming together as a family.  The fact is WAY too much has happened for me to scratch the surface, so instead I want to focus on the best parenting advice that we have been given.

We have the great examples of our own parents, the support of our peers, and the Bible to guide us as we learn to parent and raise Charlie.  She is not terrible two-year-old, a threenager, or even an actual teenager yet (it will be sooner than we know!); however, now is when we start laying the foundation for the road we are headed down as parents.

As we lay this foundation here are the four key tid bits that float around in my head and guide my daily decisions with Charlie:

“A lot of things can wait while you’re holding your kids.”

“The days are long, but the years are short.”

“Just be kind to one another.” (That one is actually some marriage advice that we were given, but I think that it definitely applies to parenting).

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam 3:22-23

What this all boils down to is priorities.  These last 6 months Charlie doesn’t know it, but she has been transforming our priorities.  Our aim is to have God first followed by family and then everything else.  That means when Charlie is napping, I do my devotions before I do the laundry.  When she’s awake, I play with her, focus on making her day great before I focus on making mine great.  If she and I get the house all clean and Izzy’s fur tumbleweeds vacuumed up that’s an A++ for us, but if all we do is snuggle because she’s having an off day, well that’s an A++ too.

No matter my mood or her mood God gives me a fresh dose of mercy and grace every day to help me be the best mom I can be that day.  Good day or bad day – I try my best to treasure them because the days can be long but the years are short.  When none of us got much sleep and when we are all well rested, we focus on being kind to each other and to Charlie.  Kindness makes the good days sweeter and redeems the hard days.  Just remember – it’s easier to clean up spilled milk than repair hurt feelings.

I do not follow these pillars perfectly.  Some days I see chores undone and feel I failed.  Other days I sit back and think it doesn’t matter if the dish washer was unloaded, if dinner was only 2 stars, and the laundry wasn’t folded because I focused on my family and on loving them like Jesus would.

I love watching Charlie learn and grow, and I am learning and growing right beside her.

Thankful Thursday 2017 Ed.

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 pillar of being thankful is still being formed, and this year I plan to use this blog to help foster that.

One of my goals for 2017 is to blog weekly.  I have already failed the first two weeks… To accomplish this goal I realized that I need to ear mark a day for blogging, and Thursdays seem to jump out.  When Will and I were dating, for a while we gave is day of the week its own trait.  Thursdays were Thankful Thursday.   So, at least for the first part of the year, we are embarking on Thankful Thursday – 2017 Edition.

Thankful Thursday - 2017 Ed.

Here’s why I think Thankfulness is so important. If the love of money, or the love of more if you will, is the root of all kinds of evils (1 Tim. 6:10) – then thankfulness is the opposite.  Thankfulness is the root of all kinds of goodness.  Thankfulness fosters joy, it fosters generosity, it fosters love, patience, and selflessness. 

Short and sweet.  That is my goal for the year and my heart for this space.  I want the Pomeroy Life to keep building and strengthening that pillar of thankfulness.  I want to record our daughters smiles and frowns, firsts and falls. To cherish our friends and family. And ultimately to uplift God who blessed me with the breath in my lungs, His Son Jesus, and all the rest which is just the icing on the cake.

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

Here’s to 2017, to goals, to being thankful!  What are some of your goals for 2017?  What are you thankful for?

Lessons from the First 10 Weeks with Charlie

These last ten weeks have been so full of wonderful moments, lessons learned, laughs laughed, frustrating moments, and lots of learning to do things one-handed.

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I don’t know how Charlie was ever inside of me, but she was.  The weirdest part is how not weird it is for her to be here.  It’s just natural, like she was always supposed to be here with us.  Things are different, but the change has been natural.  We are still learning how to go out for dinner, how to help each other with her, and how to get places on time (why is that such a struggle?!).

But if I had to say how we are doing overall, I would say that as a family we are doing great!  As a married couple, Will and I are finding an even deeper love and appreciation for each other. It’s  heart melting to watch each other parent and nurture our daughter.  As far as babies go, Charlie is pretty awesome!  She sleeps through the night most nights and makes hilarious faces.  She rocked the baby acne for a while and now has outgrown that and moved onto cradle cap.  Charlie plays in the bath tub now, has a favorite spot on the couch, has a favorite toy (Mr. Monkey), likes to suck on frozen pacifiers, and she enjoys running with me!

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When I look at Charlie, play with her, put her down for the night – I see all of the ways she’s growing and changing. Then I wash her laundry and think to myself  “surely she can’t fit these tiny clothes anymore.”  But you know what; she does!  Somehow she still does.

The Lesson

Above all the ways to sooth her, all the things I can now do one handed, the best thing I have learned is being in the moment.  When Charlie is awake the rest of my to do list becomes shockingly insignificant.  When Charlie is crying, figuring out how to make everything better is top priority.  When Charlie is smiling and playing everything else just fades away, and a perfect hour passes in the blink of an eye.

So in the end, I guess all of the lessons learned from the first 10 weeks with Charlie boil down to one thing. It’s like my mom always says – So many things can wait while you hold your children.

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Memories to Treasure

June did not include too many projects around the house other than the bed that we built for our room.

But it was filled with family and friends from near and far.  So much happened, so many people came and went.  I have to share it here because there were so many June memories to treasure, and I do not want to forget them.

We kicked it off with sending my sister birthday wishes from afar and welcoming Will’s family from Sweden into our home for a delicious dinner and a  good old fashioned American s’more roast.  They were pretty fantastic, and Will and I really hope we get the chance to go visit them in Sweden.

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Hubster was our grill master for the evening, and we got to put our wonderful backyard to use! Can I just say again how thankful we are for the backyard we have!
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We wanted to make them feel welcome so we gave them Swedish Fish (which are an American thing). I was so worried they wouldn’t think it was funny, but the risk paid off! They laughed so hard when they opened their gift.
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This was their first time roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.
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oh how we love that girl! She brings so much life and joy to the world.

That was a wonderful evening that I do not want to forget.  Magnus and Agneta were such good humored and wonderful people.  They are generous and warm hearted, and full of interesting conversation.  I am glad we got the pleasure of spending time with the people who sent us our Christmas goat in the mail all the way from Sweden!

More locally, we got our luau on celebrating our good friend’s first daughter’s 1st birthday, and finding out that they are having a second daughter!  We also had the pleasure of celebrating the marriage of two of our other friends here in Lexington!

June Memories to Treasure
Amelia’s party with our Home Depot colored lei’s
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at the Matney’s Wedding with our lovely Lexington Framily…. that color coordinates freakishly well.

We were able to celebrate our niece Mary’s 10th birthday with her and enjoy an evening with Will’s family up at his mom’s farm practicing yoga, learning gymnastics, grilling, and catching up on everyone’s lives.

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look how adorable she is!
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she is growing into a very mature, smart, and all around lovely young woman.

We also had to privilege of opening our home up to some of our best friends!  We had Will’s best friends from grade school plus one wife, and one newer but wonderful friend spend the night with us.   That was followed by a 10 year high school reunion of sorts, and although the weather felt like October we still had a great time shooting, cooking out, and definitely enjoyed the bonfire!

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first smash burger experience for everyone but Will and I.
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oh how I wish these two lived closer! Ruthann and Lydia you fill my heart with so much love! Your love for God and those around you, your desire for wisdom, and your joyful/encouraging demeanors are a blessing to the world!
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just riding in the trunk of a car. no big deal.

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That weekend was followed by having my two best friends from high school stay with us for a couple of days.  Can I just say that it is so convenient to have your two best friends marry each other!   It is also one of the most joyful things that you can experience; their wedding day was my favorite wedding (other than my own) that I have ever been to, and one of the most memorable/best days of my life.  My heart was bursting with love and joy for them!

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in high school we always used Paul’s family’s grill…. I think we upgraded some.

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Paul and Mel are big Royals fans if you cant tell. But he jumped at the chance to cross another stadium off his list.

Will and I are so blessed to have such good friends.  His friends go WAY back, so much so that they are more like family than friends.  They welcome in wives as if we had been with them all along.  No matter what curves come from life – I know that those guys (and their respective families) will ALWAYS be there.  They will always be there for prayer, advice, dreams, laughs, visits, and phone calls.

We are also fortunate to have Paul and Mel, another set of friends who no matter the time lapse will always be there and always love you as much or maybe more than the last time you saw them.  We might not be a group of goofy high schoolers getting into shenanigans any more, but we are still goofy, we still get into shenanigans, we still know how to put away some s’mores, and now we have a deeper friendship strengthened by years and life experiences we never imagined that we would have.

Behind the scenes, there were multiple irons stuck into the fire.  There are new endeavors underway in the Pomeroy Life, and this was the perfect month to start them – a month when we had so many people coming and going to bounce ideas off of.  A month that gave us the chance to include those closest to us in some of our big adventures.

June was quick and exhausting, but if I could put that month on repeat I would.  So many friends both new and old.  So many things to celebrate, so many adventures.  June was a month to treasure (my word for the year).

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High School pal, college roomates, each others bridesmaids, and friends for life.

 

On an Exemplary Marriage – My Parents

There was once a young guy, and as is the case with most young men, a certain girl caught his eye.  She was his opposite in most every way.  Before this turns into a fairy tale or is mistaken for Will and I (because we are most definitely opposites), let me clarify – I am talking about my parents.

Last month my wonderful parents reached 40 years of marriage!

(And right now they are on their celebratory cruise so I won’t get in trouble for singing their praises for a few days)

This is my favorite picture of them from our 40th Anniversary family photo shoot.  It captures how much joy they still bring each other after all this time.
This is my favorite picture of them from our 40th Anniversary family photo shoot. It captures how much joy they still bring each other after all this time.

Will and I have been married for 2 years and 10 months. We have hardly put the full scope of our marriage vows to the test yet. I say that because I know I am blessed to have the longevity and richness of my parents’ exemplary marriage to look up to, but I also know that I have absolutely no clue just how valuable that example may prove to be as life goes on for Will and I.

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However, I already know a few key things that I have learned from my Moms and Pops.

  1. Keep God first – in your relationship with each other, in your goals, in your finances, in your parenting, in the battles you pick… Basically in everything.
  2. Never stop acting like moony teenagers – flirt with each other, hold hands in public, laugh, don’t take yourselves too seriously, etc.
  3. Embrace each other’s families.
  4. Support each other’s interests and endeavors.
  5. Serve together.
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My mom was very relieved that Dara and I forgot our props for the photos of the two of them.

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Their lives are not filled with pinterest perfect decor or instagramable date nights.  They aren’t caught up with any of that.  They are content to live below their means and find value in the simple things – like how my dad brings my mom a weekly Sonic drink, or how my mom would always keep Dara and I (mostly me) quiet after my dad would go to sleep since he had to be up at 4:30 every morning.

My parents grew up in their church.  My dad asked my mom out for their first date at church.  He proposed to her at church.  They got married at church.  They raised us as a part of that church. And they have never stopped serving people at and through the church.  It’s not really the church part that matters, it’s the fact that my parents were actively seeking to have a marriage that focuses on making an eternal impact.  They have opened their hearts to so many people.  I know from experience serving with Will, that sometimes you can serve more fully when you are serving with your spouse.  As a team you can bring out the best in each other and love others more completely.

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This is what I see in my parents.  They are a team.  They push each other to love those around them more completely, because that is how Christ loves us and calls us to love others.  Sure they also push each other’s buttons too, but they know how to laugh about it, give grace, and pick the battles that really matter because they both have their eyes on the love of Jesus.

I hope you guys are enjoying your cruise!  Thank you for being there for me with advice, wisdom, and the lifelong stockpile of actions to back it up. My gratitude for the two of you and your marriage only continues to grow.

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ps… if you are in Lexington and looking for  a good photographer, check out Jenny with Rugged Joy Photography.  She was wonderful to work with!

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Why We Bought a House & Easter “Framily” Dinner

We have officially been in our new home for 2 months now!  Man does time fly.  We are slowly but surely making the place our own, and there will be plenty of DIY posts and updates on the house to come later.

For now, we really want to share a LARGE part of why we wanted to buy a house.

This past weekend we had our second annual Easter “Framily” Dinner.  We had the privilege of filling our home with 16 amazing people from 10 months to 87 years old, and that is what we have a home for.

We wanted a place to open up to others.

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The outside crew.  We had 3 tables, 2 inside and the picnic table outside.  And yes, that is a fitted twin sheet on the table.  laugh if you want, but that "table cloth" didn't blow away.
The outside crew. We had 3 tables, 2 inside and the picnic table outside. And yes, that is a fitted twin sheet on the table. laugh if you want, but that “table cloth” didn’t blow away.

Yes, we were tired of paying rent.  Yes, we wanted to be able to plant perennials, make a place truly our own, have a garage and a fenced in yard.  Those all add up to half of why we wanted to buy a house AND what kind of house we wanted to buy.

We wanted a place with a more open floor plan for having people over, a nice backyard for cookouts and bonfires, and an extra room where friends and family could nestle in and make themselves at home.

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A long time ago, God really put on my heart (Devra) that the atmosphere of a home is very important and can have a big impact on others if you are willing open it up to them.   Nothing is a surprise to God; He brought a man (Will) into my life that shared that conviction.

We believe that what we have is God’s and we are stewards of it for the time being (Luke 16, Luke 12, Matthew 25, Romans 14:12, 1 Cor 4:1-2, 1 Peter 4:10, John 3:27, and the list could go on….).  Our hose is our largest material possession.  It is the greatest in size and monetary value.  It is also the place we spend the most time (outside of work).   By quantifiable standards our house is the largest gift God has given us on this side of Heaven; so that means it requires the most faithful stewardship.

What an awesome uncle!
What an awesome uncle!

Our desire for our home is to welcome people into it with open arms, to create a place that expresses who are and is inviting/comfortable for all others who come in.  We want it to be a place where people can celebrate, rest, find a listing ear, cry on a shoulder, kneel in prayer, ask for (and give) advice, eat, roast marshmallows, laugh, sing, dance, play, bake, cry, craft, grow, sleep, and most of all experience the grace and love of God.

Easter “Framily Dinner” was a perfect afternoon of all of those things.  Will and his coworker Ben might have had to tie our new picnic table to the top of Kate the Land Rover to get here for people to eat at, but that didn’t stop anyone from leaving with full stomachs and full hearts.

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Easter “Framily” Dinner is especially important to me because I grew up helping my mom host it at our house year after year.  Having 16 friends and family fill our new house made it feel even more like home to me, and I hope that for those few hours our house felt like home to them too.

So if you are ever in Lexington, you are always welcome at our home.  If we don’t have enough table space, we will put some blankets down and have a picnic, and if we don’t have enough beds and couches, we will pitch tents in our huge backyard and enjoy the stars and the creek.

Our house is a gift, and gifts are meant to be opened.

 

 

I love this picture.  This pretty much sums up our family.
I love this picture. This pretty much sums up our family.
Just for you Kim and Theresa!  As a thank you for your clean up help.  You ladies are wonderful!
Just for you Kim and Theresa! As a thank you for your clean up help. You ladies are wonderful!
Izzy's treat from the Easter Bunny (aka the Bluegrass Barkery).
Izzy’s treat from the Easter Bunny (aka the Bluegrass Barkery).

 

I only got pictures of the food that I made.  The rest of our potluck spread didn't last long enough.  Honey Lemon Chicken
I only got pictures of the food that I made. The rest of our potluck spread didn’t last long enough.
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Easter Egg Oreo Truffles
Easter Egg Oreo Truffles
Homemade funfetti with Graeter's Blackraspberry chip and hot fudge crunch filling
Homemade funfetti with Graeter’s Blackraspberry chip and hot fudge crunch filling

Happy Hour Friday – The Moms’ Birthday

Superwoman herself <3
Superwoman herself <3

I know a handful of saintly people in this world, and I had the privilege of being raised by one of them.  My mother, or The Moms as I know her, is kind, patient, humble, generous, and sacrificial.  Some of my fondest memories with her are nights on the couch gorging on Starbucks mudslide ice cream (why did they discontinue that?!), days in the kitchen making goodies for our friends, afternoons on the phone so she could be present in my life, and hours of her putting up with ridiculous music chauffeuring me back and forth to soccer practice and games.  I remember mornings in bed listening to her tell me stories when I was a little kid, walks to the creek, that one time she wouldn’t let me get lucky charms…. Decorating for Christmas till everything was just so, and the way she has always done everything in her power to turn my dreams into reality.

Well now she is 60.  When you have survived 60 years of life and for 2 dozen of them you have had to put up with me… I think you deserve to be celebrated and immortalized in word.  So here’s to you mom. The woman who truly cares for all those around her – know that you are cared for too!

The view from the deck of our cabin.
The view from the deck of our cabin.

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To show her how much we care, my sister and I schemed up a way to celebrate her birthday.  The distance thing makes celebrating birthdays difficult in my family, but Will and I really did not want to miss doing something for her 60th.  My mom isn’t really the party type.

she's not the party type... but we still made her a cake.   We decorated the cake in her favorite - yellow roses. Dara taught me how to make Rosettes.
she’s not the party type… but we still made her a cake. We decorated the cake in her favorite – yellow roses.
Dara taught me how to make Rosettes.

Dara and I figured that the perfect way to negotiate the distance issue and the Moms’ more introverted nature was to book a cabin for the five of us for a weekend! It was a surprise that she didn’t know about till the day of.  Sure she was suspicious, but she didn’t know what we were up to.

The cabin was in southern Illinois, and it was beautiful.  The perfect place to retreat to, to soak in creation from the porch, and to relish moments with your family.  We even got to see Superman! We also got some of the most delicious chocolates at this awesome chocolate shop in the middle of nowhere, but those did not last long enough for photo documentation.

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Overall we were awarded “Best Birthday Ever.”

I would write more, but I have probably already said more than my mother would care for.  Something needed to be said though Moms; you’re too great to not share about and celebrate a little bit more!

To anyone else needing ideas for your parent’s birthdays… a family get away.  Do it. Make some memories.  Spend time with one another.  That’s probably all they want anyway.

some hardcore Uno playing.
some hardcore Uno playing.
random 4 story cross where you can supposedly see 3 states from.
random 4 story cross where you can supposedly see 3 states from.

The #1 Difference Maker in Our Move – Community

Happy Friday Everyone!  I like to save particularly happy posts for Fridays, so today I will tell about the BEST part of our move! Yesterday I shared four logistical tips that we learned from our move. Today I want to share with you what really made all the difference in our move – our community.

Sure there are lots of perks (like not having to start the car in the morning anymore because Ellie is snug in the garage), but these particular keys to our smooth moving process look beyond the physical and get to the parts of life that truly matter.  My word for the year is “Treasure,” because I want to learn to treasure what God treasures and see the true lasting value in people, things, and experiences.  I am sure that the Walsh House will play a large role in that lesson, starting with the moving day.  More important than a successful organization system or how much of our house we had unpacked/set up that first day are the people who helped us get there.

5. Family & Friends

Part of the reason we began perusing buying a house was to put down roots in our community of friends and in what God is doing here in this city.  Because of that desire, our desire for closeness with our friends, a search for wisdom and guidance, and our general policy of openness – we included our family and friends in this adventure of becoming home owners from start to finish.  Our Realtor was even a friend of ours!

Our families would get updates every time we went looking at houses.  After we saw the Walsh House… they received even more phone calls and texts asking for guidance, sharing excitement, and asking for prayer.  Our friends were involved, praying, and sharing in our excitement all along as well.  God even worked out the timing perfectly enough that we were at a game night with several of our good friends when our Realtor called saying the sellers wanted to work with us and gave us the final offer for the house.  What a way to celebrate!

Logistically, our family and friends helped a ton!  Will and I were blown away by how much my parents (who had to drive 10 hours to get here and then 10 hours home after helping us out tirelessly for 3 days) helped us accomplish!  Thanks to them we painted 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, the kitchen, the dining room, and a two toned living room before we moved in.  They also put a bunch of elbow grease into helping clean our old place.

The Moms getting her paint on.
The Moms getting her paint on.

Will’s Mom, sister, and Gram came to help on moving day.  Their hard work, van space,  and knowledge of how we keep our stuff was invaluable on move in day.  They hauled so many boxes and helped set up our bedroom, kitchen, living room, and everything!  They even brought us house warming gifts to help us continue to turn the Walsh House into the Pomeroy Home.

Our friends all came over and helped load and unloaded boxes, move all the furniture, assemble shelves and tables, and just make the whole process more enjoyable with their smiles and laughs.  Seriously, what would have taken Will and I days to do took our friends and family a few hours.  God’s love and Jesus’ servant attitude was alive and filling up our new home from the very beginning.

6. Prayer

We prayed a lot about buying a house.  We asked God to only open the doors He wanted us to walk through and close all others.  We asked our friends and family to pray for it as well. We prayed for a stress free move with all emotions in check, we prayed for an easy painting process, we prayed for a safe move and safe travels for our families, we prayed for peace, and we have prayed that God would use this new house for the glory of His name and to be a little spot of His kingdom here on earth.  You know what…. all of those prayers have been answered.  The move was pretty dang painless, and by God’s grace I managed to not be overly stressed.  Painting was a breeze.  Our families traveled safely.  It’s been one of those seasons where you enjoy the privilege of watching God show up and show off. 

7.  “Breaking Bread”

We broke in our new house with City BBQ as a thank you to our family and friends for being there for us emotionally, spiritually, and even physically with the move itself.  Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than filling it with people you care about who also care about you and sharing a meal with them.  Jesus shared meals with people all of the time.

In those moments, it doesn’t matter if your house came off the pages of Better Homes and Gardens or if it is just a pile of boxes.  Good Food + Good People = Good Times.  That pause in the midst of the transition created space for memories and laughter.  Space to make sure that we appreciated what God is doing in our lives, where He had us, where He is taking us, and who He has running along side us.

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Will and I were blown away by God, our families, our friends, and how God shined through them throughout this whole process.   Sometimes there are seasons when we don’t feel close to God, don’t see Him moving – seasons when we feel stagnate.  This is not one of those seasons.  This has been one of those seasons when all you can do is look around and stand in awe and wonder.

I don’t know why God loves us the way he does.  I know that I don’t deserve it, but I still know that He loves us like crazy.  It’s fun to be His kid.  I hope that these experiences of ours encourage you, boost your joy, refresh your hope, and remind you that God loves us and He comes through.  We are all blessed in one way or another; now for the adventure of finding out why.

 

 

7 Keys to Our Smooth Move

Being as this was Will and I’s first move, I can’t claim to be an expert on moving, but I can share with you what we learned through this first experience. These 7 things are things that made our move easier, more fun, and more memorable.  The first four are logistical tips, and the last three made the biggest impact, and I will cover them tomorrow.

  1. Organization
  2. Purging
  3. First Night Box
  4. Bathrooms and Kitchen First
  5. Family and Friends
  6. Prayer
  7. “Breaking Bread”

1. Organization

I am a fan of organization.  I think I learned it from my sister.  When we were preparing to pack I started searching Pinterest for packing tips.  One that I saw consistently was to use different colors for different rooms.  There were many different versions of this, but what I ended up doing was buying a pack of multicolored electrical tape (it was $4) to put on the corners of each box.  I wrote a number in the middle of the tape.  Then I recorded the contents of that box in our moving binder; another idea adapted from Pinterest.

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2. Purging

Before, during, and after packing we purged our house.  We laughed a lot during this process because we were downsizing our things to upgrade our house and because we found some “treasures.”

We had a rule to govern our decision making process: If it wasn’t Useful, Beautiful, or Sentimental then we trashed, recycled, or donated it.

3. First Night Box

We were going to be “camping” in the new house for a couple of nights before the big move.  We had one box that was set to the side through the whole packing process, and as we found things that we wanted/needed to have readily available throughout those first days we put them in the box. This box had practical things like bedding, phone chargers, and toilet paper (don’t forget that), but it also had some sentimental things to help savor this transition.

4. Bathrooms and Kitchen First

Izzy and I just chilling on the floor, posting a blog before the big move.
Izzy and I just chilling on the floor, posting a blog before the big move.

This picture is of an empty room, yes, but what you can’t see is that while this room is empty (and freshly painted) our bathrooms and kitchen were basically fully operational.  We moved the majority of the kitchen things and all of the bathroom stuff prior to our big move.  That way, when there were going to be people all over the house, they had restrooms to use.  And when we would have boxes to unpack and rooms to assemble, we’d already have a kitchen good to go – ready to keep us fed, hydrated, and caffeinated despite the office still being a mountain of boxes.

Those are the lessons we learned this time around, lessons we want to remember for future moves.  Do you have any good moving stories or tips?

Tomorrow I will talk about the last three Keys to Our Smooth Move.  They are relational, not logistical.  They are the “tips” you don’t want to miss/the kudos that I am dying to give out to the people who really deserve them.

2014 in Review

2014 has been whirlwind of a year, and it was a year of beginnings for many of our friends, filled with weddings and children!  We are so very blessed to have a community to share our lives with.  2014 was also a year of beginnings for us.  

From our Christmas Card Photo Shoot with some good and precious friends.
From our Christmas Card Photo Shoot with some good and precious friends.

 

As many of you know, Will took a part-time job at Home Depot last February while finishing up his thesis.  He has received two promotions since then and is now a full-time supervisor in the flooring department.  While not in his field of study, he is able to help people every day… and there is something to be said for that.  He seems to be a great fit for the business, and we are hopeful/excited about the possibility of building a career of sorts there.

Throwback to Valentines Day when   Will got a job at Home Depot.  It's on the Wall of Gratefulness in our house =)
Throwback to Valentines Day when Will got a job at Home Depot. It’s on the Wall of Gratefulness in our house =)

Devra is still working at Summit Engineering as the administrative assistant; she enjoys her job.  What’s new for her, though, is that she has started going back to school working towards a Dietetics degree.  Her love for cooking combined with her dietary restrictions are what spurred her interest, and she hopes to use the degree to help people get/remain healthy… starting with William!

We had the opportunity to travel some this year, albeit mostly for friend’s weddings.  VA Beach, NYC, Nashville, Knoxville and of course Kansas.  We love to travel, but did not have much opportunity to do so outside of weekend trips this year.  We hope to head out west for a vacation in 2015 and/or go on a short term mission trip with our church.

I have never been happier at a wedding (other than my own).
I have never been happier at a wedding (other than my own).
Will's Best friend Jared's wedding in VA Beach with an added day long layover in NYC!
Will’s Best friend Jared’s wedding in VA Beach with an added day long layover in NYC!

We are heavily considering putting down roots in Lexington, it is a great town that has the perfect mix of city and countryside.  We’ve started looking at houses, but none of them seem to be a perfect fit yet.  We are patiently waiting for the right one.

The major theme we have seen for 2014 is that God has provided for us time and time again.  He always seems to send us what we need, just in time.  Sometimes that’s a letter from family, a promotion at work, or even a text from a friend.  God is good.

God is so good that He sent us His Son.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”    ~Isaiah 9:6-7

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s to you and yours!

Love & Prayers,

William & Devra

our Christmas card this year.
our Christmas card this year.

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