In the beginning of the year I won this travel journal on my friend Nancy's blog. At that time Curtis and I had just taken the church planting plunge and things were crazy to say the least. Some days I would feel strong and faith-filled and other days I would feel weak and unbelieving. God was doing incredible things before our very eyes, but sometimes I would still doubt and say, "Are we crazy?" So I decided to keep a journal for this journey so that when I was having those days, I could flip through it and read about God's faithfulness. I can't believe how many pages I've already gone through. It's wild to think about how far we've come since I began writing in it.
All that to say, the part of me that loves blogging is getting fulfillment from this journal and that's why it's been quiet around here.
This is where I've been writing in it most mornings. I've always scoffed at the concept of an outdoor rug. But I saw how it transformed my friend Tammie's patio and I went right to Home Depot and got one. It was super cheap compared to what else is out there. It's not amazing or anything but it has made my back patio feel like another room. I was so inspired that I bought some flowers to go on the table, too. I love it!
Summer officially started the week of my last post and I've been a little occupied by a certain five-year-old and two-year-old. We are having a great time though. We've been hanging out with friends, swimming, having picnics under the tree in the front yard, and we even went to the zoo one day. My kids thrive when they have a lot to do (even if Mommy doesn't), so we are doing a day camp twice a week, gymnastics, and Jackson is in a reading class.
My sister-in-law gave birth to our first little niece two weeks ago. Her name is Ava Hope Wallace.
We are in love.
Last week we flew up to Springfield to meet her. She is the sweetest thing. Lindsay is amazing. No hormone crazies, no zombie-like exhaustion, no fretful mothering. She is a rock. I'm glad I'm done having babies because I would hate for Curt to think that is normal.
The kids had an amazing time playing with their cousins and grandparents. We hated to come home. Especially since it's already been above 100 degrees here. What on earth? My favorite memories of the trip will be rocking Ava, catching fireflies in the front yard with Jackson, our late night coffee date with Kay and Jerrell, Annabeth playing on a float in the pool with Cael, visiting Silver Dollar City, seeing Grandpa Dixon hold Ava, and eating the amazing pancake my mother-in-law made me.
Pappaw was Jackson's early morning cartoon watching partner. He's having a little snooze here.
Annabeth loved the baby but she did not want to hold her. In a couple of years they will be best of friends. I can't wait.