Saturday, January 17, 2015

Our Little Man

Yesterday, Randy and I got to see our little baby moving around and showing off his feet, yep, 
IT'S A BOY!! 
Such a sweet experience. I'm 21 weeks into the pregnancy, over halfway and we're so excited to meet this little guy. It's been fun feeling more and more movement--even Randy's gotten to feel him kick a bit. I've started reading my Bible out loud to him since his hearing is becoming well developed.
We continue to ask prayer for the last half of this pregnancy since we don't know where we will be when he is born. It would be such a blessing to keep the midwife I've had here in Springfield, but I know God will give us wisdom even if we have to move before the birth.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

the adventures continue

Sometimes adventures are not very exciting ones. Sometimes they're not about putting on your hiking boots and exploring beauty you've never experienced, or tasting new foods you've never tried. Sometimes adventures are everyday things. Everyday joys. Everyday mishaps. 
For Randy and I, this winter, our adventures have involved snuggling closer in the sub-freezing temps because it can be a challenge keeping the trailer warm. Our adventures have included trying everything we know how to get our black tank (septic) to thaw out so we can use our own bathroom instead of driving to Wal-Mart every half hour so this pregnant lady can go! (Sorry if you didn't want to know all that info).
But, this is our life right now. Life in a trailer. Never really knowing the answer to the question we often get asked, "so where are you from?" 
And though keeping warm and keeping pipes and tanks from freezing can at times bring frustrating, annoying, and why-don't-we-just-get-a-normal-house-like-most-people kind of attitudes, these are adventures and they give us the opportunity to just laugh about it. Pray about it. And see God help us and provide for us in even the smallest ways. 
This morning, as I was desperately trying to get the trailer warmed up after a freezing night, I opened all the curtains and couldn't help being thankful for the abundant sunshine coming through the windows. We are blessed in this adventure of life. :) 



Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year's Beginning

Since Randy had another longer weekend off work, we made the drive to Dallas again to see a few of my siblings who live there. It's always a blast being with all of them!
 Our New Year's fondue dinner tradition is so fun and super yummy.

The boys all took a night and made a pot of chili for a cook off the girls would judge. It was such a fun time for everyone. The boys definitely got a little competitive and we all enjoyed a lot of delicious chili! I was pretty surprised when Randy won the cook off considering I don't think he's ever made chili before! :)

just missing 2 Proffitt sisters
The handsome boys. Based on the last two photos, apparently Proffitts married all tall people. :)
We're back in the frigid Missouri for who-knows-how-long, but we're excited for this New Year and all the possibilities it holds!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas in California

Sometimes I feel bad being that person who always has the camera out and wants to take pictures of everything, especially if there's a possibility of missing out on that present moment. But then looking back at the pictures I do take, I always wish I had taken more. Oh the dilemma. 
Life is precious and these moments we get to spend with family and friends are just priceless. Randy and I had a special 2 weeks together in California with most of his family and some extended family. A few of my siblings and in-laws also were in town for a few days, so we enjoyed time with them as well.
 Christmas morning breakfast
 the Cambria coast was so beautiful at sunset

 in the few weeks we were in California, the baby did a lot of growing (as you can see).
With the New Year right around the corner, a fresh beginning is on my mind and the desire to make this year more about growing closer to the Lord than ever before. I read this prayer from The Valley of Vision in my She Reads Truth devotion today and thought it was very fitting for the New Year.

O Lord,
Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in Thy presence,
in Thy service, to Thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from Thee,
but may rely on Thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth Thy praise,
testify Thy love,
advance Thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with Thee, O Father as my harbor,
Thee, O Son, at my helm,
Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to Thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.
Give me Thy grace to sanctify me,
Thy comforts to cheer,
Thy wisdom to teach,
Thy right hand to guide,
Thy counsel to instruct,
Thy law to judge,
Thy presence to stabilize.
May Thy fear by my awe,
Thy triumphs my joy.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Advent

Living in a culture that takes every beautiful holiday and twists it away from its intended purpose requires a very intentional approach to celebrate what Christmas really means. And so I wanted to pop in a share a few resources for celebrating advent this year. I love the concept of preparing our hearts for Christmas and what it truly represents: Jesus, coming to us in human flesh to save our sinful flesh. 

I have really been enjoying the Advent devotional we're doing right now on She Reads Truth

Another great resource that I've had my eye on for a few years now is the Naptime Diaries Advent Calendar. Maybe once we're a little more settled and I have the space to decorate for Christmas, I would love to use this calendar for our family to count down the days to Christmas, not for the excitement of the gifts and treats, but in celebration of Christ coming to us. 

These short devotionals Ann Voskamp recorded are such a great way to start the day, or week. There is one video for each week of Advent (each week in December). I hope these resources will be helpful and encouraging to you!

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving in Kansas

One of the huge blessings of traveling so much is we get to see family more often than we would otherwise. Oh they're just an 8 hour drive away? No big deal! :) 
Randy and I got to spend Thanksgiving weekend in Kansas with the Madgwick family (Randy's sister), and it was such a special time. 
 Not quite sure what Randy did to deserve it, but Ittai thought he needed a beating apparently. :)

Too much cuteness!


 The big event of the weekend was putting together this ping pong table. Clara and Hilkiah just couldn't get enough of playing. Gracie and Stephen even got a chance at some friendly competition. Guess who won? ;) 
Baby Tirzah is just so sweet and beautiful, I could hold her all day. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall in Springfield Missouri


This season has been a bit slow. Life has taken a slower pace, and though I don't always find the joy I should in the slowness, I'm learning to appreciate it more because I know it won't be forever. Here are a few things I want to remember and give thanks for in this season here in the midwest.
  • Sweet anniversary notes and flowers from my Love
  • An understanding husband when this pregnancy leaves me not feeling myself. (A few times he's had to make his own dinner--bless him.) :)
  • Long daily walks in the park where I get to enjoy the changing leaves, the falling leaves, and the huge variety of leaves--our Creator is so, well creative! :) 
  • LONG WEEKENDS! I'm so thankful Randy gets every Friday through Sunday off with this current job and because of that we've been able to get a lot of work done in our trailer. Lots and lots of painting, re-covering cushions, new curtains, a new counter top and sink, a little demolishing here and there, and even some wood refinishing. I'll post some pictures soon of our progress. At this point the only big project we have left is reupholstering the couch!
  • Getting to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time last week!
  • Finding a great church in the area and making new friends.
For those of you who like to keep up with our travel schedule, (if you don't, don't feel bad, I can hardly keep up with it) we will most likely be in Missouri until the beginning of the year, and after that we're not sure yet what the next location will be.