I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to share our happy news with the (online) world. Most people close to us know already, and for a variety of reasons, I’m hesitant to share with everyone and anyone.
Not that it’s bad news – it’s very, very good news: we’re having a baby!! March 14, 2015, is baby’s due date, and in my opinion, it happens to be the one of the coolest Pi Days in this century (3/14/15 – the first five digits of pi are 3.1415, although properly rounded it is 3.1416…)
This time around I’ve had a hard time deciding how and when to share the news with social media. I know what it feels like to miscarry and then watch pregnancy announcements and new baby photos flood my Facebook feed. I know I have friends going through losses of their own right now. And so, I feel reluctance to share with Facebook, and somewhat, on the blog.
But God has blessed us with a new life, and it would be wrong not to celebrate. We’re excited to have this little one join us and it’s been fun introducing Caleb to the idea of a baby in the house. Every once in a while he will put his hand on my belly and proudly announce that he “feels the baby.” (Which, I might add, is currently impossible. Soon enough!)
Sometimes I’m still scared that something might happen during this pregnancy, but I know that God is in control of my life and the baby’s life, and I’m doing my best to trust Him, regardless of what happens.
Several people have asked me lately what the summer holds for us. For work, we’ve been spending time with students – taking advantage of the slower pace of summer life for most international students and working on behind-the-scenes ministry stuff (like preparing for next year and raising more support). Family-wise, we’ve been taking time for picnics and other summer fun, but one of the main things we’ve been doing involves power tools.
The house we bought was built with three bedrooms. Sometime between its construction and when the previous owner took residence, two of the bedrooms were combined into one. (Based on the wallpaper, carpet, and curtains in the room I’m guessing it was sometime in the 60’s or 70’s.) Since none of the aforementioned attributes of the room were desirable in this decade, I was anxious to remove them, plus we wanted a third bedroom. So our house has undergone another identity crisis and is becoming a three bedroom house once again. Read More…
Last year Easter surprised us. Life was moving full speed ahead and suddenly Easter morning dawned before we had really thought about any way of celebrating it. This year I wasn’t caught quite so unprepared!
We have never dyed eggs as a family but I think it might just be something we do every year. It was fun to see Caleb’s reaction to the way the eggs were becoming colored – and he really liked helping to put them in the dye solutions! I forgot to use the time when we were dyeing the eggs to talk about why we were doing it and what Easter is about, probably because the entire time we were working I was imagining a cup of bright red, blue, or green dye spilling into Caleb’s lap, but we did talk a little about what Easter is after we finished. And now that I know how nerve-wracking egg dyeing can be, I can plan ahead to talk about why we’re doing it before or after the process!
On Sunday, we celebrated with those at church with Bethany’s tradition of a pancake breakfast before the Easter service. I was working in the toddler class during the service (the class gives the 2- and 3-year-olds somewhere to learn and wiggle while everyone else has to sit still and listen) and it was really exciting to see the kids grasp the theme of the lesson. It was the first time they’ve done that while I’ve been teaching and to hear them say, “Jesus is alive!” at the end of our time together was really exciting.
To end our Easter celebration we welcomed 5 international students and a friend from church to join us for Easter dinner. I did my best to make it a traditional dinner and it was a great time to talk, get to know each other better, and enjoy lots of food. It was a simple way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, but it was a good way.
It struck me this year that we spend a whole month getting ready to celebrate Christmas, with lots of traditions and reminders of the coming day, but Easter doesn’t get nearly as much fanfare. Next year I hope to be able to start a few new family traditions to help focus our celebration of Easter onto Jesus and to help teach Caleb that Christ’s resurrection is such an important thing to celebrate.
Last Friday we hosted an international worship night at InterVarsity’s large group meeting, led by students from International Fellowship Association (our International Student Ministry). We were excited to share the experience with a handful of friends from the community, as well. It was a wonderful celebration of God’s love for all cultures and languages as we sang, heard scripture, and prayed – in a total of nine languages. For a sampling, see the pictures below: