We have really exciting news. It's not technically officially on the books, but it's pretty much official, and I feel inclined to share even though it seems a bit soon, because for the last year and a half, we have STRUGGLED. I've opened up a lot about many of them... including two hard moves, and going down to one income that barely covers our living expenses. We have a beautiful but tiny one bedroom apartment that we have made so many amazing memories in, including the birth of our sweet Nora. However, we have many loud party-house neighbors, a steep stairwell that we're not able to safely block Nora from in our entry way, and though it's been so very fun, midtown is hard to raise a family in. The cost of living is crazy high, there's no parking (and family hardly visits because of it), we don't have our own yard, or the ability to have Nora play outside safely. It's been amazing. We have loved living here... but we've been praying and ready for stability, and a place to truly settle down at, that's affordable for us... and we have some incredible news.
In just a couple months, we will be moving into our very first HOUSE (cue all our tears over and over every time we think about it). Still renting, but less monthly than what we're paying now, in a charming, old, quaint neighborhood, with a big backyard and a garage and a shed (which DJ has been dreaming of so he can actually put his woodworking and carpentry dreams to reality) and big open windows that let in some lovely light and wood floors... and our hearts are bursting with joy and gratitude and amazement. We're honestly still in complete shock! So many needs and wants that God sees and cares about. I'll share more of this amazing story as the weeks and months unfold, but I assure you, we couldn't feel more blessed.
Our hearts are filled to the brim with shock and joy and the realization that putting our trust in the Lord's goodness and faithfulness is incredibly fruitful. I had said a little bit ago that we wanted to start this year with the intention of giving our questions and needs to God and stop trying to manage everything on our own, because we've been sucking at it, ha. We've made some seriously unwise choices by trying to "make it work" but God doesn't want us to make it work. He wants us to trust that when we're obedient and listen to Him, he will take care of us. We've been drowning, and we're finally seeing the fruit of trusting the Lord.
Nora is six months old, and I can't wait to tell her when she's older that by being patient, trusting in God and his plans... our life was changed. DJ and I have both grown up believing in Christ as our Lord and Saviour, God our Father and the Holy Spirit that leads and directs us, but as we've gotten older it's gotten harder to remember the full truth. We see problems and we want to fix them. We want to figure things out, and we should be wise and make educated decisions, but at the same time... it's actually okay and really good to be dependent on the Lord. The thing about faith is that it isn't simply a one time lesson or recognition that God is there. It's a constant awareness that we aren't alone in our life journey and that we're guided by the Lord when we seek Him and trust in his plans above our own. He's so good, even when we don't deserve it.
"Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!" Psalm 27:14
"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-11
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Walking by faith isn't easy. It isn't always glamorous, and most often people will not understand the way we live, but that's okay. Our hope is new. We've been Christians our whole lives; we've loved the Lord for years and years... but we both feel something different happening, and we're really excited to see what all unfolds this next season. We're over the moon ecstatic for our next home. It still doesn't feel real, and honestly probably won't until we have the keys, but man. God is so so good. Can't wait to share more on this amazing story!
Also, Nora's been living in slings lately. With teething, this awful cold she's been dealing with, and then add in all-things developmentally that month six brings, plus some serious separation anxiety... they've been my bff. This stunning Wildbird is the Snow Owl with rose gold rings. We also have the Warbler with gold rings, and wear both nearly every day. Even at just under 20lbs of chunky sweetness, my back doesn't hurt carrying her. She's snuggled, supported, and I have free hands. I whole-heartedly believe every baby mama needs one, or two or five. They're an amazing gift for new mothers if you're stumped on something creative, super useful and absolutely beautiful.
For any tips and questions on wearing your baby in a sling, don't hesitate to reach out to Tayler at Wildbird, and watch these tutorial videos. Wearing baby comfortably and safely seriously depends on wearing correctly. Babywearing should never be painful, and should feel safe enough to be hands-free (but always close enough to kiss). Please please watch and be sure you're wearing correctly for both of you! ❤️