How are you? How’s life?
Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve been able to stop by and say hello?
To sit and really … think … for more than five minutes?
Oh, you don’t? Well, I didn’t either.
Until I looked at the dates and did some complicated calculations and realized it’s been (exactly) two months.
With the exception of semi-regular snapshots of our days on instagram, things have been pretty quiet online for me.
And, well, let’s just say … in way over my head everywhere else!
In my defense, I have one word to sum up our summer (and now fall … and probably winter too).
After 9 years in our
temporary rental longest-we’ve-ever-lived-anywhere-as-a-family house, we were blessed with an amazing new-to-us house (it’s old, really, but those are the best kind, right?). It truly is a dream come true, and something that we’ve prayed about for so long. After what we refer to as our “mold-house fiasco” (hence, our need to rent for nine years), the Lord moved mountains to bring us to where we are. In countless big and small ways. It brings me to tears as I think about His faithfulness. His amazing provision.
Faithful in every storm. And after.
So, now we’re here. In a house we hope to stay in forever …
or at least for a very long time.
As you can see, there’s still moving remnants everywhere.
Which brings me back to where I started. The reason for my absence.
Harder than I remember.
Of course, now we have twice as many kids as the last time we did this. Which means 10 … 20 … 40 times the stuff?
And, yes. Hard.
Making me remember how very much I need Jesus. Every day. Every minute. Apparently I reeeeally needed to be reminded that apart from Him, I can do … nothing. zero. zip.
So then I cry to Him.
And He sends His love and faithfulness.
Even when the house looks like this.
And I realize, again, that houses (rentals, or mold-infested fiascos, or dream-come-true ones) aren’t home.
No, home is wherever we are with the ones we love.
And above all – with Him.
The One who gives us life and breath and strength for each crazy-busy day.
Until He brings us HOME for keeps.
At that time
I will bring you