Hi everyone! Ah, how I miss writing. These days it’s not a matter of having time to blog, but rather energy. For those of you who aren’t kept up to date on my Facebook page, I’m nearly 19 weeks pregnant! I thought I’d have energy in my second trimester, but apparently that isn’t the case when you have an active toddler and need to run a household and active social life, hehe. I’m not complaining, just explaining. Anyways, we are nearing six months here and I wanted to share how happy and thankful I have been feeling lately. Since finding our church at the beginning of December, life is coming together well. We are making meaningful friendships and a community is starting to be built. I feel loved, appreciated, and cared for. To clarify, not all of our friends are believers, and that’s okay. In addition, I feel like I’m finally getting to be ME in a new place. This means several things. First, I am less dependent on others for answers and guidance with finding my way here. Before, I’d subscribe to what others did or advised because I had no comparison. I went along knowing it wasn’t in line with my standards or preferences. For example, this was the case with buying groceries. I do not prefer big supermarkets that are overpriced with produce that is either not fresh or local. Recently, I went exploring and found an organic meat butcher, a seafood shop that sells local, fresh fish, and a weekly Farmer’s Market. I can’t even describe to you how independent and more like myself I felt once I came across these shops. It was as if a piece of me was back in place. Hooray for quality food! Second, another piece of me came back alive when I got back into cooking meals for others and had opportunities to do thoughtful things for people. To get to serve in a meaningful way again utilizing my gifts made me happy! Lastly, I feel more me as I build a schedule, and thus a life that’s helping me grow, be inspired, and has meaning and purpose. My weeks and weekends are filled with time with our little family, extended family, and friends. We attend church regularly and are getting involved. I try to be intentional with my time with Zane by cooking with him, reading many books, visiting the library, and involving him in life skills. And recently, I’ve joined a weekly mom’s devotional group and a Bethel study group (studying the Old Testament). Both will grow me in knowledge and wisdom. Needless to say, I am busy! But wonderfully busy because there is much down time blocked off for rest.
I can continue on about other life updates, but rather I wanted to focus on the ones that are encouraging me to blossom where God has planted us. I’m thankful I feel this way and it’s only been half a year. I shall bathe in the goodness of life that we are experiencing right now.