Thursday, June 28, 2012

Employed & Other News

Just a quick update:  Eric has a job!  He will be driving for a company based out of Lakeland and begins Monday!  We are so thrilled and proud of him!  Not too many men would jump from full-time ministry to full-time truck driving.  I am blessed with husband who cares so much for his family.  It will be a bit of an adjustment for all of us, but we trust the Lord and His plan for our lives.

In other news we survived Tropical Storm Debby.  Not too much happened for us other than lots of wind and rain.  In just one day we received almost a whole foot of rain!  The worst part was being stuck indoors for 4 days and having to entertain 4 very bored little misters.  Since the sun has been out the boys have practically lived outside.  Yesterday we went to the local public pool to cool off and today the boys opted to stay home and play in our baby pool and hose.  There is also the lake which has been a source of entertainment for them in the evenings as they look for frogs, toads, and various other critters.

We have also made another change in our plans.  This year the boys will experience public school for the first time; all 4 of them!  I am not going to get into all of the reasons why here, and I'm sure not everyone agrees with our decision, but we sincerely know that at this point in time it is what is going to be the best for our current situation.  Dima was going to be there anyway, and now we will have one in 4th, one in 3rd, one in 2nd, and one in 1st.  Eric and I also trust enough in our parenting to know that our kids, with our constant guidance, should be O.K. for one year.  This is only a year long solution and it is our prayer that next school year we can go back to homeschooling or private school for them.  In the meantime I am excited for them to experience something new.

Finally, we are really enjoying our new church home.  Last evening we went to our first Wednesday evening Bible study and truly enjoyed ourselves.  Not only that, but Dima got to participate in the children's activities WITHOUT Eric or I being involved!  He LOVED it and was actually behaved himself.  The other boys are slowly making new friends and learning wonderful lessons from their sweet teacher, Miss Dee.  Can I just take a moment and really express my gratitude for First Baptist?  The children's Pastor and his staff have really gone out of their way to make our boys feel welcome and  to include Dima.  Now there are many special needs individuals there, but most of them are adults from the Key.  Dima is the only child that I am aware of with overt special needs.  It is amazing to see how Dima went from not at all wanting to be there because it was not "his" church (i.e. it was not the church he was used to) to now wanting to be there every day.  That is the Dima we know and love!

Slowly we are beginning to see our future being laid out before us and it gives us hope.  Our next big obstacle to overcome is our housing situation.  Lord willing we will be able to make an offer on a home here in our new town in the next week or so.  The boys are ready to be in their own home once again and I sure am ready to be the momma hen.  I am thankful to my in-laws for all they do to help each and every day, but I sure do love being a mom and thrive on routine.  To those of you from our former church that continue to call, we are grateful for your prayers and concern.  Please know that we are well.  We cannot return every call and email but we are grateful to hear from you.  We miss our friends and familiarity of our "former life".  But we now see how God has orchestrated some wonderful opportunities for our family and can only fathom what is in our future.  We know that regardless of our situation GOD knows our future and only desires for His best for us.  In that we rest.

So in the meantime we are going to enjoy the remainder of our extended time with Eric, celebrate Elijah's 8th Birthday, and celebrate Dima's first 4th of July as an American citizen!  God is good!

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