Sorry, I’ve Been MIA

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to send out a quick update. I have not forgotten about The Armor of God bible study. I know I was supposed to summarize each week my take aways and how I’m implementing the skills and strategies in my everyday life.

As you all know, I was pretty knee deep into the home buying process, and my family and I actually closed and moved in back in December! Moving right before Christmas was so hectic, but luckily for us, the weather was actually pretty decent for winter. I admittedly got caught up with the closing process and just trying to get settled in our new home. I still have boxes that we need to unpack. During our move though, Silas and I both got sick. First Silas had a little bit of a cold, but it wasn’t too bad, so I thought we were going to make it out of his first cold easy.

I was wrong.

I then got sick from Silas. I kept running fevers, and actually ended up with an ear infection. It was so bad that I didn’t get to spend Christmas with my in laws. My sister in law is pregnant, and it wouldn’t have been a great idea to be around her when I was so sick. At one point I couldn’t even make it out of bed without help.

Remember when I said I was wrong about Silas’s first cold being easy? Well, he got sick again. Probably from me. It got so bad that I ended up making him an appointment. He wouldn’t stop crying because he was running fevers, and he wasn’t eating because he was crying so much. He ended up getting an ear infection and the flu.

I’m happy to report that we are both fine, and luckily Ben didn’t get sick. So, I will be back to updating at least once a week. Sorry I went so long without talking to you guys.

Also, don’t forget to check out my new podcast, Parenting after loss, on apple podcasts and spotify. I’m looking to get it on google play soon.

Trusting In God’s Timing

For the past month or so, Ben and I have been looking for a home. We have looked at 6 or 7 homes thus far. We made a pretty decent offer on a home that had everything we were looking for, only to be beat out by a higher bidder.

We found another home that was even better, and still had everything we were looking for. The only difference with the second home was that we would need to install a privacy fence. We were told by a realtor that someone offered cash, and so they went with that offer instead.

My motivation at this point was pretty low. I was seeing on our active listing page that there were no homes available in our area. My body was tired, and I started looking at all the weekends I signed up for with dread. I started leaving early from work and essentially giving up all the hours I worked on Sunday. Wednesday night I scheduled for a 2 am call in. Normally, I would try to get out of this and ask for a more reasonable call in time, but it made more sense for the other worker to do the evening tasks.

Because I was just so unmotivated from losing out on those homes, I went to my boss and told her that I would be staying home Thursday. Now, I don’t recommend that anyone just go up to their supervisor and tell them they won’t be in to work, that may not go over well. But I had nothing scheduled for Thursday, so I would have been sitting there extremely tired from being there at 2 am, and I have over 90 hours of PTO that I have to use up before the new year.

Backing up just a bit, on Wednesday, my mother in law sent ben and I a link to a home that was not in the school district we wanted. Ben and I kinda ignored the message at first, but I kept being drawn the house. On Thursday, I informed Ben that the house was actually in my cousin’s neighborhood. Ben suggested that we should go take a look as something to do.

The home is about 5 minutes walking distance from my cousin. It has a decent sized backyard with a privacy fence. This home actually has an upstairs. It has everything we were looking for except the school district. So we put an offer in, and within 30 minutes our offer was accepted!

I’m constantly in awe of the way God sets things up. I truly believe that He wanted me to rest. I actually felt pretty sick yesterday, so I think I just needed to slow down. But we went to look at this home with no expectations, and we didn’t have to go through any hoops like we did with the last two houses.

In this digital age, we get so caught up with instant gratification that we forget that sometimes we have to wait. We have to trust in our Lord God. I think one of the reasons why He makes us wait, is to see how much we trust Him.

Quick Updates

Hey guys!

So, I’m thinking for the month of December, I will start reading The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. This isn’t what you would normally think of as a self-improvement book, but I think we need to go into this new decade with our armor equipped at all times. I’ll make a post on Fridays discussing the study, and how I am implementing it into my life. Hopefully some of you will be able to do the same, and we can get some conversation going.

Second update I am going to be posting at least once a week on Fridays. Fridays are my only guaranteed day off, and your girl is about to work three weekends in a row. Which actually leads me into the third update…

We put in an offer on another home! We find out tomorrow if they are going to go with our offer or someone else’s. We would definitely love to be in a home sooner than later. Baldwin, our 80lb husky, can no longer go up the stairs at our apartment, so a backyard would be a huge relief for him and us.

No call to actions today, just wanted to share with you guys some of things going on.

Adventures In House Hunting

Yesterday, Ben and I spent the evening looking at three homes. The first home had this grand entrance with a huge fireplace. It had all update appliances and another fireplace in the living room. The house had all these shiny new things to mask how the house was in bad shape. The foundation was not good, one of the walls was tilting, and the backyard was non-existent.

The second house was perfect. It had all hardwood floors and a fenced in backyard. The appliances were all updated and included in the sale. This house had every thing that we were looking for, so we put in an offer.

We went ahead and still looked at the third house. Um, we both had an uneasy feeling about the home. Ben didn’t even go into the bedrooms because of how he was feeling. It did have a very large backyard, but when you ask God for the gift of discernment, you had better listen.

Sadly we didn’t get the home that we put a bid in for. The sellers had six other offers and they went for the higher bid. I’m a little sad about it, but I know that God closed that door for a reason.