Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Phase Four:

We are smack dab in the middle of possibly the craziest season for our family to date.

First of all the Christmas season. So wonderful, yet so busy.

Then life with a three year old and a one year old is just a tad bit overwhelming day to day. So overwhelming at times I find myself frustrated if Doug goes to take a shower because that leaves me alone with the boys for 15 more minutes in a day. And being alone with both the boys is quite a challenge. They are just at the perfect ages of constant noise and needs. But also constant love and joy. These kids I tell you. They ruin (and exhaust) you, in the best way of course.

And to top it all off we are moving! Doug starts a new job the first week of January. So we are currently packing up all of our belongings. [And going back and repacking the boxes that Jack unpacks as he moves around the house.] Throw in some housing drama (where we are now moving all of our belongings into a house we have never seen in person on Saturday). And so many emotions about leaving this place we have called home for the past four years.

And we have a very crazy, hectic, emotional, fragile situation on our hands.

We have seen the Lord's hand in our plans in so many ways this past year. And we really truly do know that it is time to jump out of the comforts of camp life and move our family forward. It does not make it easy. But it is right and good knowing that we are following His leading. We are not doing this alone. And as Doug reminds me often "Nothing of huge significance happens when we are in our comfort zones" (He read that quote somewhere. Not sure who said it first).

So, Doug and I head into our fourth phase of our marriage. In looking back, each phase has been wonderful and hard for different reasons. And through each season we grow in our marriage and grow in knowing each other more. I so look forward to growing deeper in love with Doug through this next transition. I look forward to seeing him thrive in his new job. I look forward to weekends together as a family. And church. And living near Target and being able to buy good coffee at the grocery store.

We are sad to leave our house (that we brought both boys home from the hospital!), our friends and having them as neighbors, the summer staff, the creek and the woods, and watching the sunsets over top pasture. And our doctors in town. The tacos and enchiladas at the Taqueria. The kitchen staff.

But we move on and hold on tight to our relationship and memories of our time at this forever special place. And look forward to a new phase in our little family's life. It is going to be good. I just know it.

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