Thursday, July 31, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Writing this post, I am sitting in my new home that we have owned for just 3 short weeks feeling incredibly blessed and grateful for the way God has directed our lives so far here in Indiana. 

Late in Spring of 2013, we took a huge leap of faith and moved from Grand Rapids, MI down to Noblesville, IN to be a part of a church plant that we felt God was leading us to be a part of, and little did we know what we would go through in the year to follow.  We moved into an apartment and trusted that the Lord would sell our home in Michigan in his timing.  On September 30th, we received our first blessing of selling our first house in Michigan.  That first summer in Indiana was filled with concerns and uncertainties of when (and if) our little house in Michigan would sell, and just when we got to the point where we thought we couldn't continue paying rent and a mortgage at the same time, God brought the right buyers into the picture.  A few more hurdles of removing raccoons from the fireplace and unexpected repairs and we were officially house-less!  It was a huge weight off of our shoulders!

God continued to amaze us when we found a wonderful builder with a brand new phase opening up in a current development in the small town of Westfield.  Steve and I immediately fell in love with the house the first time we walked through the model home and could picture our lives in a home like that.  Trusting God, we began a new home construction process!  Unaware that we would have to deal with the difficult times ahead, we excitedly prayed that God would allow this house to be ours. 

With car repairs here, and hospital bills there, things started to look less hopeful, and I started to wonder if we would have to back out of the contract.  God continued to surprise us with annual bonuses or larger tax returns than anticipated, and sometimes I wonder why I ever doubt Him! 

So, here we are living this life that God has given us, and I pray that I will never take this house for granted.  God truly has given this home to us, and I pray that we will use it to glorify Him.  This is our house - in documents and legal form - but this house belongs to God.  I pray that He will use it as He sees fit, and I pray that we will be able to enjoy many more weeks, months and years in our beautiful new home! 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

5 Years of Marriage

On May 17th, Steve and I celebrated 5 years of marriage! 

Here is a look into the past 5+ years that we have been together!

Our Engagement, February 16, 2008

Our Wedding, May 17, 2009

Our Honeymoon! 
Our First Christmas Together, Christmas 2009

Moving into our first house!  April 2010

1 Year Anniversary Trip, May 2010, Traverse City, MI

Bringing home our first addition!  Dora the Beagle, July 2010

Christmas 2010

Jonas's First Ultrasound, April 2011

Jonas Malachi!  Born August 21, 2011
Bringing our baby boy home!

Mother's Day 2012

Jonas turns 1!  August 2012

It's a girl!  Joelle's second ultrasound, September 2012

November 2012

Christmas 2012
Joelle Rose!  Born January 10, 2013

February 2013
July 2013
Jonas turns 2!  August 2013

Sold our first home, September 2013

Christmas 2013

Joelle Turns 1, January 2014
My Birthday, May 2014