The hardest thing about last year was the commute. We are up at 5:00 and out the door with the kids by 6:15. The children really could not be involved in much after school because we had the hour drive back home. Once we realized that his learning community was excellent for our family and we were committed to it, I began to ask Andy to consider moving closer. The children were missing so many aspects of school life. We couldn't go to football games or many birthday parties. The children were not asked over for play dates. And Jackson couldn't be involved in many school activities because we had to make the long trip home. There was very little free time and that was hard.
As we began to discuss and I began to pray, God provided an opportunity for us to live in this house. It was financially a God-send. We are currently renting this house for truly next to nothing. And it is a very nice, roomy house. We are on top of a mountain with trees surrounding our house. I am on pins and needles waiting for fall to come so that I can see this yard in all of its glory. I know it will be amazing. We are about 20 minutes from school. The boys each have a best friend within a few minutes from our house. And Lydia Joy, well she has friends in abundance.
|Love this baby girl!|
The children have been to play dates, sleepovers, football games, and birthday parties already. We spent the last weeks of summer swimming with friends. They have had birthday parties here at our new house, along with back-to-school parties. Oh, we have enjoyed living here more than I could have imagined!
|Lydie's class has recess with my class this year! I snapped this photo of her and her little friend.|
As the weeks passed, God softened his heart. He told me one day that he was so thankful to be living here in the town where I grew up. He said it was a great town and it felt like home! I think the distance allowed him to see just how strange and isolated the town is where we have the farm. He began to be able to joke about it and understand my point of view. God began to give him more experiences to spend time with the people we know and love as we visited churches and went to more social outings together. He began to see why this community is so special to the kids and me. I think he will have some deep friendships here before long. Andy went to pick up Jackson from football games and dances, cross country practices and birthday parties, and he began to see how special these times were for making memories and forging friendships. And slowly, I think we have finally come to a place where our desires are for the same things again. I think we are both committed to this school, city, and community. There are no words for the amount of praise and tears I have shed over the work that God has done after a long, hard 2 years. I love my husband and want him to experience every good thing. It has been so difficult to not have the same vision. Even though we have both been committed one another and to obedience to Jesus, there has been a rift. And I am thankful that we came through that season, not without sin completely, but having seen the Lord's faithfulness and steadfast love for us. And our love for one another abounds, because of Him. I am so thankful that our marriage is not just about a relationship with each other, but it's tightly woven into our relationship with Christ- with that strong cord often holding together what might have otherwise unraveled. He is faithful!
|Sweet friends at Josh's party!|
|Lydie cheering at an Auburn game. Love those last minute trips to our alma mater!|
|Lydie at junior cheer camp with a few of the JV cheerleaders. What a fun day!|
|Jack sporting the bow tie just for a fun change. :)|