We are gearing up for move #9 in 15 years....
I am becoming a professional.
And God is once again, always and forever, proving Himself Faithful at every turn...
All along we planned to stay here for about 18 months, but now at month 13, the Lord has opened up a sweet little house in the country for us to rent. The price is right, and I would much rather move in the fall than on the tail-end of winter, so we are moving forward....listening to His leading and preparing our hearts and our boys for another new chapter. This move will be the hardest for them, by far. They will be leaving behind two soul-brothers, and a live-in Aunty and Uncle, as well.
|Our mansion we've been living in for the past year. We had the entire top floor.|
Two entire families.
All with different jobs. All with swirling schedules. All of us trying to Homeschool.
SIX hooligan boys and one crazy baby girl between us.
But, only 2 broken bones and 7 stitches between 3 boys - and none of these accidents anybody else's fault.
|Five boys. Count them. And one large, blue alien.|
Raw and real conversations.
Open honesty. And Ruthless grace.
I would challenge any two families to do as well as the two of us have done this past year.
It takes a whole heck of a lot of humility to let others see you for who you REALLY are - no false pretenses, no facade, no walls....just broken, messed up you....trying to live life out the best you can. But knowing that always and forever - no matter what - you have each other's back. Even during the messy.
Especially during the messy....
|Theirs and ours.|
|Exhibit one out of at LEAST ten probably. I kind of lost count.|
Our boys are giants. And they live life wild. They are loud. And they sometimes lack the common sense to think before they act, or to look before they leap. They talk incessantly, and meal times are a bit of a circus. Their boys are a little more cautious. And they live life a wee bit more smartly than mine do. They know how to be quiet, and they know how to sit still for longer than two minutes. Methinks once our "pack of wolves" has moved on, these guys will be shocked at the semblance of sanity and order that will once again take over their Homestead. I think they've probably forgotten how it once was....
|Aunty Shandy....who gave London her first taste of popsicle AND of chocolate.|
And they have done it with grace.
And with dignity.
With love that has overflowed--that kind of a blood brother and sister love-- from the very depths of their hearts.
|Our boys making a Family Supper in the kitchen.|
And they just took on all of it.
They have blessed.
And they have given freely and fully from their overflow...even when there was no overflow to give from.
|"Stooping It" with Shandy. My favorite times. Coffee on the porch while the kids ran wild and free.|
Our friendship will be forever strong.
And our children will be forever bonded....
What an Epic-ly, AMAZING experiment this has been!
What a memory we will have to always look back upon with fondness and Happiness....
|This we do. And This we did with each other....|
To the next Chapter of the Journey, dear Ones.
May God bless you richly and deeply -- abundantly above and beyond all that you can ever ask for or imagine because of your deep kindness to us....
How we love you.