Monday, December 30, 2013

Time to turn the page on another year.

I'm sitting in my bed as the little ones nap and playing this past year back in my mind. There was so much. So many happy times, hard times, times that made me stronger, times that made me more sensitive, times that made me a better...me.

It started with a trip to Nashville in January, so many things were confirmed then that this is where we will soon call  h o m e. We celebrated our precious boy turning 1. What a joy!

February. We decided that we were going to sell our cottage and move in with my in-laws sometime this year. Thoughts and plans started running wild. We spent much time in prayer asking the Lord to direct our every step.

March was crazy and exhausting for us all as Chris was knee deep in grad school and super busy over time at the firm. Will became really sick and we were back and forth at the doctors for about a month. He also learned to walk this month! We started to work on the house and get some of the things that were on our list done so we would be ready when God showed us when to sell.

April came and so did many answered prayers. Our neighbor called and said that she wanted to buy our house, she told us to name a price and a closing date. It was that simple. We knew we were going to have to find a new loving home for our sweet kitty Bentley and I kept putting it off. One conversation with my bible study leader led to me emailing a cat clinic at the beach and within 4 hours we were set up with the most incredible family who had been looking for a Persian to adopt for a year. We tearfully said goodbye and began to pack up our life on Winfield Court.

May. We took our annual trip to the desert with my family and our dear friends. Went back and forth on trying to decide if Chris would finish grad school here or transfer to Tennessee. We really felt like we were supposed to stay in Cali until he graduates. ..And just like that escrow on our little house closed. I went through every room and started simplifying our life and had a big moving sale.

June was filled with sweet moments of savoring the last days in our home in between packing. Another prayer was answered this month when Chris received an awesome promotion we had been praying so hard for. He received a new position and all the other bonuses that come along with it. This was really big because he needed this jump for what he is after in Tennessee.

July came so quickly. Before we knew it the moving truck was there and we were done. So much planning, organizing, packing, throwing out, and praying and just like that we were living at my in-laws. A whole new way of living before us, a whole new level of exhaustion trying to catch up on rest.

August could not have been sweeter. Chris had the month off from school which was perfect timing. We took a family vacation to Maui and celebrated my mans 32nd birthday there. It was a mellow month of relaxing and adjusting.

September kicked off with back to school our sweet Kate, which is in our old city so we have a nice dive 3x a week! We took a family trip back to Nashville and started narrowing down our town search and decided that we're 99% sure we'll be in Franklin. Chris started back up at school and on the last day of September we found out that baby Andrews 3.0 was on the way!

October. Our girl turned 4 and we got to share the exciting news with our family of another baby at her party! I had bad morning sickness and was thankful for the help from both sets of parents with the kids.

November brought yet another trip to Tennessee! Made my heart ache even more to settle down there. We were blessed with a beautiful thanksgiving spent with our whole family under the same roof for dinner. And the joy of watching our newest baby grow on several ultrasounds!

December has been beautiful. Sweet time with our family, finding out that baby #3 is a BOY and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ on Christmas. We've began packing up more things for the big move and continue to de-clutter our life.

There are several pieces to 2013 that I'm missing but the biggest thing that we are taking away from this past year is P R A Y E R. We have saturated our every decision and move thus far in prayer and God has been more than faithful to guide and lead us. It is a joy to follow where He leads, the blessings from each decision have been incredible. Some painful but the blessings that have come from them are so beautiful. I have grown more in my faith this past year than in my entire life, it truly is amazing how real, how big and how incredibly loved we are by the One who made us. I have seen miracles before my very eyes and prayers so big that we sort of felt silly praying about have been answered!! He is so faithful!!!

Our hearts are leaping with joy as we look to this next year. A year that we have been waiting for, for so long! We look with great anticipation to meeting our newest son in 5 shorts months, Chris graduating from grad school in 7 months and continuing to chase after our dreams as God allows and prayerfully moving to Tennessee in 8 months or so.

 It's all going to come so fast. My goal(s) for this new year is to continue to simplify our life, to be more intentional in our last months in California, to enjoy this day that God has given me instead of wishing it were 9 months from now and to continue to lay down our every desire before the Lord and follow as He leads.

Thank you Lord for 2013. Thank you for every joy, trial, blessing and tear.

We can't wait to see what you do in this next year!

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