It has been a while since my last posting.  Our family made a big move this month.  The Lord called us to a new church in a new city.  While we were so very excited to follow the call and move our family to Pittsburgh, there was a lot of sadness leaving our friends and our previous church as well. There were many tears while talking with our boys about why they had to leave their schools and all of their friends. I was asking them to leave the only home they knew.  And while I kept a smile on my face and hope in my words, inside I was definitely fighting battles of fear, stress, and uncertainty.  I knew so clearly that we were following God’s call but it was so hard to be in the middle of a tangle of details that needed to be worked out.

Soon, my soul began feeling lighter.  Every time something was crossed off of my to-do list, I felt a little more bounce in my step. We are entirely on the upswing now.  We are so happy at our new church and in our new home.  I love getting to know new friends and spending time with my boys all around the city while we explore together. I am also nearing the end of my doula haitus! This means I am waiting for my first post-move client to deliver.  I am ecstatic to jump back into my work and embrace a new start.  I plan to continue my Lamaze certification process and do some serious business organization this coming year!  I am working on my vision.

I will admit that Thanksgiving completely snuck up on me, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t given thought to the gratitude in my heart. I have been overwhelmed with thanksgiving throughout this whole process. God is always faithful to us and I am so thankful I can rely on Him above all else. My husband has been beyond supportive as well during the past months. I would say that we balance each other out well, but all I really know is that he balances me out.  I think I might only add a little crazy to his terribly organized and calm life.

I am thankful for my children and their energy.  Sometimes it is the things that make me lose it, that I am actually most thankful for. I am so thankful they have a childhood full of play, friendships, fun, and wild imaginations.

Those are the serious gratitude nods.  I am also terribly thankful for chocolate, hot drinks, snow falling, wi-fi, music, cookie exchanges, and our super stinky dog who really needs a bath.

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