Thankful: New Life

My friend, Teri, had her first baby today! I’m so excited for her. The baby cooperated beautifully by being born on a day that Mom and Dad were off work!

My babies are 8, 6 1/2 and almost 4(next week!)

Ethan:

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Audrey:

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Isaac:

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Thankful: Unexpected Provision

I am thankful for unexpected provision.

Nathan had two random consulting jobs this week. One of them was for a client whose site he set up. She still gets stuck from time and time and requests help. The other one was for his former employer. While it wasn’t ideal for them that they ran into some server issues that they couldn’t figure out, Nathan was able to work with them for a couple of hours. I really think it’s amazing that Nathan can get a call at 10:00 pm about servers he hasn’t had to think about for a very long time and he can troubleshoot it as if he had been working on it recently. He is REALLY good at troubleshooting. I don’t think that is an easy thing to learn. It’s part of how his brain is wired.

We took a step in faith this fall in deciding to be more generous in our giving. Honestly, I’ve had several times when I questioned if this was the right time and wanted to “postpone” this idea. Every time I wondered if we could afford this, God has shown Himself to be faithful.

This is unrelated, but Audrey’s warts are gone! We had been treating them and praying about it for over 4 months (she had these warts for over a year, I believe and they were taking over- on her mouth, her cheek, her fingers. . .). We are really happy and thankful. Audrey wants to have a party!

On another unrelated note, the couple that looked at our house two weeks ago and were interested are still interested. They have looked at several houses and they like ours the best. Our realtor called and told us that they were in the middle of working with a mortgage company/bank to find out what they could be approved for. We have no idea what their financial situation is or what they will be able to offer us. It’s possible that they wont be able to afford it, but I guess there is still some hope. I was seriously shocked at the message from the realtor.  Regardless of the outcome from this couple, God is in control. Please pray that His will would be clear.

Thankful: Counting Gifts

Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, talks about the importance of giving thanks for the gifts that God gives us. Here is a brief synopsis from about the book:

” In One Thousand Gifts: A Dare  to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann strives to find the meaning of life and fully embrace the surprising truth from the final scenes of Jesus’ earthly life.  In the hours before Jesus’ execution, he took bread and gave thanks.  This fresh, heart-wrenching book unveils the long forgotten wonder that through the imitation of Christ’s thankfulness, we too can experience a life of joy.”

So, I thought I would work on being more intentional about noticing His gifts.

Today I’m thankful that we live in a neighborhood that has a pool. It’s beautiful. It’s a few steps from our house. It’s free. It’s officially open today. The weather is only supposed to be 77 degrees today, but the kids have been counting the days. So, we will swim!

 

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Random Bell’s Palsy Side Effect for Nathan

Nathan cries when he eats now. It’s not because he doesn’t like the food 🙂
I guess it is relatively common as the nerves re-grow to get some wiring that is mixed up. Somehow his salivary gland is triggering his eye to water.

I bet you didn’t expect that! So, if you’re with Nathan while he’s eating and you see him crying, don’t worry. 🙂

Ordinary Saturday

It was a quiet Saturday.

Nathan helped a coworker move. He took Ethan along to help and they were gone all morning.
This afternoon I took a nap and Nathan took the big kids to the library to find a movie to watch. So, tonight’s movie was Return to Witch Mountain. The classic from when we were kids.

And then after the kids were in bed, Nathan made an elaborate spreadsheet to figure out our financial situation in regard to our housing. It included our loan ammortization schedule and a lot of other things that could be plugged in to model different scenarios. It was awesome! I’m a huge fan of spreadsheets. 🙂

House Stuff

A few more houses hit the market in Winsted this week. At least one of them is bigger than ours and is listed for about $50,000 less than what ours is listed at. We did lower the price a little, but we’re almost out of range of what we can afford to sell it for. I feel like I need to accept the fact that we’re not going to be able to sell our house for quite a while. It’s discouraging. The housing market has been getting better, but it’s still not great and the average amount that houses are going for in Winsted is only about $100,000. We owe $148,000 on ours and it costs money to sell a house (closing costs). That’s just the way it is.

It’s a hard pill to swallow. Some of our costs have gone down since we moved, Nathan makes more money, and we no longer have any debt beside our mortgage. But we need to put aside money for health costs (we have to pay the first $7,000 out of pocket) and dental costs, car repairs and replacement, and travel to see family (no fancy vacations here– just road trips to MN/WI) and our rent here is $1250/month and there are no less expensive options for a family of 5 that wouldn’t dramatically increase our commute cost for Nathan and we don’t make so much more money that all these extra expenses don’t matter. We are also dealing with having our rent income only cover 65% of our mortgage/taxes/insurance costs (on a good month) and there are some additional big expenses that we will need to cover if we have that house much longer.

And that’s not touching the emotional issues that come with not having our own place to call our own. It’s difficult.

The simple answer of “just wait for the market to get better” before selling isn’t so easy either. I think it would be easier if the house we were trying to sell was newer or if we weren’t losing a substantial amount of money on it each month. We’ve had some big expenses come up that we’ve had to cover. The possibility of that continuing to be the case is very high- especially with a house that is a little older. In the meantime, house prices in this area keep going up.

So, that’s where we’re at. Please pray that we’ll have some clear direction on what to do. If we were in ministry, we could have a fundraiser, but we’re not. So, we’ll have to watch and see how God works in other ways.

Nathan’s Chiro Appointment and Other Things

Nathan had his chiropractor appointment this evening. It was just a preliminary visit. They did x-rays. He will go back on Monday to go over what they saw. Nathan is also considering getting tested for Lyme Disease as well. Because of the way it presented in January, Nathan didn’t really consider getting that test, but now he’s wondering if maybe he should. We’ll see what happens with that.

The kids and I went and played at a friends’ house this morning. The weather was great for the kids to play in the backyard. The moms got to stay inside and chat uninterrupted for the most part.

We got paid today. I finished the budget for the month and transferred money to our savings. That’s a good feeling!

Almost 4 months

109 Days.

That’s how long it has been since Nathan has been able to use the left side of his face. Please keep praying for healing. The doctors have nothing to suggest. Just wait and see. Tomorrow, Nathan has an appointment with a chiropractor. We’re hoping that he is able to offer some help/hope.