An Ask Answered

Back in January 2012 our Church started a series called The Ask. Everyone was encouraged to ask God to do big things that only He could do. Among other things we asked God to provide us with a house. This was definitely not something we could accomplish on our own, but we knew it was something God totally could make happen.

So, we started praying and we started looking. Then we found a realtor. Then we made an offer that wasn’t accepted. Then we took a break. Then we looked again. We made another offer. The offer was countered! Then we weren’t pre-approved. It turns out our once good credit score no longer existed because we had no recent debt and therefore no credit score. So we took another break. We saved. And waited. And finally started looking again along with professionals who helped us find a way to get financing with alternate credit.

We kept looking and looking. Then we widened our search to towns a wee bit further away. That’s when we spotted a modest ranch on a cul-de-sac in Lowell. We thought, “Hey, why not give it a look, they have an open house this Sunday.” Then we saw it again with our Realtor and made an offer. Just a few hours later we found out the offer was accepted!

I’ll spare you more details. But the biggest praise and relief was finding out our loan application was approved. I could now pack with confidence!

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We learned a lot during this seemingly long journey. Eight months into it I wrote a blog of what I was learning at the time. I have a few more things to add.

God is faithful, even when we’re not
At the beginning of 2012 we were pumped up! God was going to give us a house, we just knew it. We prayed with big faith and excitement. We made praying for our Ask a part of nighttime prayers with the girls. Then time passed, doors were closed. We still prayed, but not with the same frequency or enthusiasm. Yet God still provided. And He helped us to continue to trust that He would provide-it was simply a matter of timing.

God takes care of His children
How did we know God would provide? Well, because He has a history of providing for us. Despite Jonathan losing his job to downsizing back in 2007 when I was pregnant with Abigail we were able to pay our bills AND still pay off the remainder of Jonathan’s school loan debt. He was out of work until Abigail was six months old. Looking back I can see there was a good reason we had to wait a while for Jonathan to get a job-I needed him around! Motherhood was so much harder than I ever thought it could be.

When I think about it it just does not make sense that we’ve been able to have me stay home with 3 kids (now 4), pay the bills, AND save at the same time. Now, it hasn’t always been a walk in the park. We have had some hard times. Times where I’ve gone to log on to our bank account wincing in fear of what the balance would show. But God has always provided. And I know He will continue to do so.

Being a part of a supportive community is so important
Our friends from church new about our Ask. They often asked how things were progressing. When things seemed slow or discouraging they would come back with great encouraging words. Many people have come alongside us in prayer, trusting God to provide in this big way. And I can not say enough about my family. They have been supportive and a great help every step of the way!

Needless to say, we are feeling abundantly blessed lately. We’re all moved in and are now in the process of settling in-which may take a while! We’ll give you a little virtual tour once most things are in their place.

Easter

The girls enjoyed celebrating Easter in the midst of a pretty hectic time of our lives. We spent time coloring eggs, making a symbolic breakfast, and spending Easter Sunday with family.

Lily was more involved in egg decorating this year compared to last year. Though she kept wanting to taste the colorful water.

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The night before Easter we put together resurrection rolls. I wanted to see if this was something we could do ahead of time because we are always rushing to get ready for church. It worked out really well! On Easter morning I took the pan of rolls out of the fridge while the oven was preheating.

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Church was awesome. As part of our Easter celebration our church had baptisms. Abigail stayed with me so she could watch them instead of doing Sunday school.

After church we headed to Nonna and Papa’s house for an Easter egg hunt, family pictures, and a yummy feast. Unfortunately I don’t have great family pictures – just outtakes – because the girls just could not handle the sun.

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Three Months

So yeah, Levi is almost four months old. We are a busy family of six these days I guess.

Levi reaches for toys and loves to chew on his hands. One thing he pretty much does all day long is smile. It must be exhausting. Well, not exhausting enough to result in longer stretches of sleep. He is such a happy little guy.

He isn’t rolling all over the place yet, but he gets pretty close. I’m sure it will happen before we know it!

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On Safari

My favorite classic Disney movie is Dumbo. I loved elephants as a result (though wasn’t as fond of them when I found out how big they were in real life). So, when I was pregnant with Abigail my Mom and sister threw me a pink elephant/Noah’s ark themed baby shower. My Mom gave me a cute elephant safari outfit.

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This was just one of those outfits each of my girls got to wear where I had to take a picture. And, because it isn’t pink, Levi could wear it too! So here they all are in the same outfit. So cute!

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Kindergarten Corner-Catching Up!

Needless to say it has been quite some time since I’ve posted about our Kindergarten adventures. I thought I’d do a quick catching up post summing up any particularly fun or additional things we did for each of the following units:

Unit 14 – Horse
We pretty much stuck to the program for this unit. One thing I was looking forward to though was our biblical concept: I obey right away (hard to see why, right?). Here is a small peek into a few activities:

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Unit 15 – Elephant
Our only deviation from the curriculum for this unit was on Day 4. Instead of making elephant masks, we made art work with the girls’ hand prints. Then we added our biblical concept: I will remember what God has done for me.

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Unit 16 – Penguin
I enjoyed this unit. I loved telling the girls all about Emperor Penguins and how they care for their young. Plus we read nice stories to go along with the biblical concept: I show love to everyone, especially my family. The girls had fun pretending to be penguins waddling with hardboiled eggs on top of their large feet (Daddy’s slippers).

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I also couldn’t resist making these chocolate covered bananas resembling penguins.

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We also did two crafts involving construction paper. Both were Pinterest finds.

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Unit 17 – Kangaroo
I love how even in Kindergarten I can learn new things. I know about marsupials-how these animals carry their young in a protective pouch. But did you know that a little joey is born at the size of a jelly bean, then makes its way up to his mother’s pouch before settling in for much more growth and development? Oh, you did? Never mind. Seriously, though, God made some pretty awesome animals. Oh, and some kangaroos can travel 25 FEET in one single hop. And, they can’t really “walk”. Their feet can’t move separately.

I replaced the suggested pencil holder craft with a very fun aboriginal style dot art. I found this to be so relaxing. So much so that I didn’t blink an eye when Lily proceeded to paint herself. I printed the kangaroo, traced it on card stock, and painted it brown. That way it was dry ahead of time and the girls could just do the dots. I’ll be honest here, I found it relaxing, but Sarah got frustrated when hers didn’t turn out just the way she wanted hers to. So she opted out of this activity. I’m trying to help her enjoy this sort of thing more instead of being a perfectionist.

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Unit 18 – Zebra
We really didn’t deviate in this unit. But the girls’ cousin and Lily joined us in making Zebra masks.

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