We bought a……..

HOUSE!!!

OK, truth be told – there was part of me that wanted to say Zoo! Because I love that movie. But I cannot lie and that would just be mean. 

So…..here is the real story. It looks like we have been blessed with a house! 
I almost cannot believe it, so I want to write it down here. 

Today we signed acceptance papers on our new home. Every time I think of it, I am overwhelmed with tears and emotion and I almost cannot go on. I feel a bit cynical because nothing ever comes easy to us and I feel like I’ve spend many of the last 15 years waiting for the other shoe to drop. This house would be the biggest blessing we could ever receive. More specifically, the biggest gift my husband could ever receive. 
Almost everything about the house is NEW. New paint Inside and outside, new windows, a new AC Unit, a new furnace, a new hot water heater, all of the kitchen appliances are NEW. New carpet and flooring for the entire house. ALL NEW!! Oh!! and a new ROOF!
Basically every big or major thing that could or would go wrong has already been replaced. WHA?!?!?!? 
But WAIT….My God is bigger than that! He also decided to get this house priced BELOW market value and get a grant for a portion of the mortgage. So this means we end up with a lower overall payment that what we have now to rent. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I Serve a mighty God who opens doors He wants to open and closes doors He wants to shut.

I am slowly coming to terms with His generosity. And how it’s His generosity and not mine. I dreamed of a slightly bigger house, maybe a little more rural. Instead he is blessing us with a turn key home, free of major repairs and the ability to stay close to our circle of life.  He is once again helping me to die to myself and raise up in His way for my life.
And not only is He helping me turn my heart toward The Father but He is helping me to being a wife who loves and honors her husband and his desire to provide for his family.  This is SOOO much more than a house. 

So stay tuned friends! I will post pictures soon and we will be looking for help in moving! Thanks for joining us in the adventure that we call life!

Love you all~
Jen

When I am awake

This post is a part of 5 Minute Friday at The Gypsy Mama’s blog. I am not a great blogger and really only blog for an audience of One but if from time to time it helps someone else than all the more blessings!

5 mintues of writing…not thinking, not editing to make it something other than it is. Are you ready? Am I?

Go –

Many times between homeschooling, mothering, being a wife and a human I am not sure that I am awake. Like the fully awake where you can see the gifts and blessings that are in your life and take the time to give God the glory He deserves.

I want to be awake. I really do. If I could only get the cat to stop spooning me at 3am. Or if my son in the next room wasn’t having such loud, talking dreams. Maybe I could be more awake if I stopped looking at homeschool blogs right before bed or left next years curriculum planning to this summer. Both of those make my mind race like we were at Daytona!

I want to be AWAKE to the little things in life. I want to be AWAKE to the big things God is bringing me way. Lile how my daughter is finaly getting the hang of our math program. Or how my son suddenly would rather read than do math. Or how the messyness of my craft room makes my dear husband a little crazy.
What else am I missing when I am not fully awake? God’s rich gifts poured out each day on me in the form of fresh grace? How about a friendship blossoming because I was too worried about which errande needed to be run. I don’t want to miss any of these  – so I am going to try to be more awake. Even when I’m not sleeping much at night, and I wake up restless and know there isn’t enough coffee waiting fo rme downstairs. I will still make more of an effort to be awake to the gifts I might be missing, right in front of me.

Done.

So…what are you AWAKE for? Are you fully awake or just going through the motions? Do you ever feel like you are missing something because you catch yourself sleeping? I know I do. I’d love to hear your personal story or comment.

Thanks you so much for taking the time to stop by!
Hugs!

Jen

Blessing for the day

I have not been so good about coming back here and listing my blessings each day but I am trying to keep track of them more often. I was just sweeping my floors and realized that I am so very blessed that my children have a father who wants to go to school with them in the morning, sit with them while they eat breakfast and play a little before the first bell of the day rings. Then, when it’s lunchtime he wants to surprise them with his company, hang out with them and their friends in the loud, crowded gym that doubles as a Cafe, watch them during lunch recess play with their friends and spend time talking to their fellow students.
My husband will soon be leaving for a work related trip and it makes my heart sing to see that he wants to spend as much time with his kids as he can. Even if it’s something as small as hanging out with them during lunchtime. That is such a blessing.