Enough about my struggles... on to the positive :). The last several days God has really been showing me just how blessed I am. I have gone through a lot in the past several months... the death of my brother being the hardest, but also just a lot of new things such as moving, lots of family over for the holidays, quitting work, and having a new baby. Even though there have been many hard times, I'm still blessed. I have grown so much, but I still have a long way to go. God knows exactly what I need, sustains me when I think I can't go on any longer, and even gives me the desires of my heart. We aren't exactly "rolling in the dough," but financially we're doing better than we have in a long time (thanks to using large income tax refunds to pay off debt!). I'm able to stay home with my babies, and be the mom and wife I have always desired to be. It's not an easy "job," but it's right. It's where I'm supposed to be. And, I have a lot to learn, but don't we all? :) Among the blessings of a relationship with my creator, an amazing husband, and beautiful children, he has given us a house that I could never have imagined living in (thanks to the camp!). I realized the other day that I never showed updated pictures on here (only on facebook because I didn't have time to spend uploading to both places). So, here are some pictures (I took them on a very sunny day, so the picture quality isn't the greatest!):
Now, as much as I love my home, I would be completely content with a smaller home. I've learned since living here that my "dream house" doesn't make life any easier or better... it's the blessings that I mentioned above that really matter :). But, I won't complain about the good things that God gives us (or allows us to take care of).
Another thing that I'm trying to be careful with is continuing to live simply despite all the room we have to fill up. My goal has been to not try to fill it up, but just enjoy the extra space for the kids to run around and for it to not feel cluttered. So far so good. As you can see in Karis' closet, I still have a lot of things to get rid of :).