So much has happened between now and the last time I blogged. I want to share all the details and yet I don’t want to overwhelm you with a lengthy post. I’ll try to stick to the highlights!
Let’s start with the house! Since my last post, Jeremy and I purchased a new couch for our living room. We just barely got it to fit in a borrowed 15 passenger van. I’m very excited to see how the living room ties together because we’ve purchased so many new things for that space. I’m daily arranging furniture in my head and making mental priority lists of what pieces I might want to add over time. We’ve been working on tying together a whale theme for the boys’ bathroom and I’m loving how a few cute items can create such a fun space. I can’t wait to see it all come to life. We now have a garage door and that really completes the look of the exterior of the home. Inside we’ve seen the house insulated and sheet-rockers are hard at work right now. I’m hoping to check in on the house today or tomorrow and fingers crossed that I won’t be able to see through my walls anymore. The flooring we chose for the house main living area has been discontinued (because we chose it eons ago), so now we have head back to the design center and find a new flooring that doesn’t clash with all the other elements that we’ve selected and are locked into our contract. Wish us luck! Adair is busy working on ordering our finishes and we should know within the week, maybe even tomorrow, what our projected end date might be. It would be nice to begin a countdown and start planning for our moving weekend. I’m just a little excited.
On to Owen. I know that I’ve mentioned that my boys’ fight quite a bit when they are together. Being two years apart and both boys means that my kids have very similar interests. They always want what the other boy has and they have learned how to push each others’ buttons and then there is retaliation. Last week was particularly rough. I couldn’t turn around after breaking up a fight before a new argument broke out. I was at the end of myself. I’m, of course, very concerned about the condition of their hearts and the root of why they are acting this way. Last week I literally had a cry out to God moment where I had to hand them and their behavior over to the Lord and say I don’t know what to do. I can’t make them behave. Please, Jesus, show up and help them. I’m at a total loss. It’s amazing to me how when you hit the brick wall, God shows up on the other side and something awesome can happen. On Wednesday night at church, Owen told Jeremy and I that he prayed during class and asked Jesus to come into his life and help him be good. I’ve often pondered Owen’s salvation and wondered when he might make a decision to follow Jesus. I didn’t want to push him and so while we’ve talked about it at home, I’ve never forced it. Jeremy and I asked a couple different questions to make sure he understood what that meant and it seemed he did, so we celebrated with a happy meal from McDonalds. I didn’t except Owen to wake up a saint the next day, but I figure anytime you invite God into your life and ask him to help you out, it’s a step in the right direction. Things have improved around the house. The kids still fight, but I feel like the level of crazy has gone down a notch and I am beyond thrilled to know that my little boy loves Jesus and wants to live for him.
This last weekend was my birthday weekend. I like to spread the birthday celebrating out over days so we took off on Friday for an overnight getaway to Portland. We did some shopping. We had dinner with Jeremy’s family at Red Robin and then part of the crew came back to go swimming in the hotel pool with us. On Saturday, we went to the zoo and did a little more shopping. Owen loved the hotel experience and wanted to move in. Graham has never been as good at overnight trips as Owen, but overall, the boys did great and they really enjoyed the mini adventure. I found it refreshing and fun because my shopping was yet again focused on finding little things for the house at the best price and using as many gift cards as possible. I love a good challenge like that! My birthday was on Sunday which meant the morning started early, but the boys got ready for church like little angels (this was my birthday prayer/wish – I wanted to the boys ready and loaded for church without the usual World War 3 experience we often have). I got my free drink from Starbucks. Jeremy got cupcakes to share with the kids at church. I watched TV in bed during nap time. I had a yummy birthday dinner with my family at my parent’s house. I ended the day snuggled in bed watching the season premiere of Victoria on PBS. I don’t think days get much better than that! What a blessing. So far 32 has treated me well!
I’ll leave it at that for now. I’ll fill in the rest of the blanks with pictures below!