Painting, decorating, housewarming party, praying for a renter for our condo, enjoying some snow, and more has filled our lives this month. It has been a true joy to make our new home more our own with some lovely new paint, furniture, and pictures on the walls. I stepped out in faith and painted our family room gray with red accents and we love it! I painted our fireplace and took down all the random assortment of blinds and curtains that were left from the previous owner. It feels so much more open and clean now. I’ll have to give you a tour soon.
We have been blessed with a wonderful assortment of furniture that makes it easy to comfortably sit a good number of people. We hosted a successful open house inviting all our neighbors, co-workers, and other church friends and had a blast. Over 100 people stepped through our doors within a 4 hour period. We feel so much more settled into this Portland life and excited to invest more in our community. This city needs Jesus and we want to be a light where God has placed us.
We reached 18 weeks into my pregnancy with #3 this week! So far it has been smooth and peaceful. Pregnancy treats me well. I was tempted to find out the gender of this little one, but my husband swayed me otherwise once again (all three will be a surprise for us now!). There is nothing like that expectation in birth to see what kind of blessing the Lord has specially packaged for us.
My little man, Titus, turns two this week, and what a joy that is to behold. It is a precious season of life, and yet one that is really draining with it being chalked full of necessary training, disciplining, and discipling. Praying for grace to let go of my idols of desires for control and peace in our home, when making the nurturing of their hearts my priority and mission at present. God is granting grace to let go of my schedule and to-do’s and see their hearts as the priority. Now is the time when they are tender and need to be shaped so they see their desperate need for the Savior. Thankful for resources like the gospel, the book of Proverbs, Gospel Centered Families, Gospel Powered Parenting, and Shepherding a Child’s Heart during this season.
I cannot believe my teenage dream of going to the Philippines is coming true, but it appears that God has opened up the doors. I was honored to be invited to participate on a trip with Compassion Bloggers to see the ministry and work of Compassion International first hand and share of my experiences here. I am so thrilled to go this coming May and learn what God is doing in this beautiful country. And guess what, my hubby gets to go too! Due to my pregnancy, my husband gets to accompany me to offer support and help for my prego body.
The Mom Walk by Sally Clarkson is a beautiful challenging and inspiring read for any mother. Are you needing fresh inspiration and encouragement in the journey? How do you stay close to Jesus in the walk? You will find a wealth of life experience, stories, and wisdom from my all time favorite writer on the topic of godly motherhood here in the Mom Walk.
March Theme at Passionate Homemaking: Identity
We had a lively February theme on marriage that was full of great discussion. For March, we are excited to launch a series on Identity - covering topics such as dealing with comparison, criticism, your identity in Christ, becoming God’s true woman, strengthening your soul, naturally battling depression and fear, etc. Have a particular question on this topic you would like to see discussed? Let us know!
Bless you all!