We've been in our new home for two and half months now! We got the keys on Drew's birthday, March 6th, and we moved in on March 27th! God has been so faithful in providing the finances for the repairs the house needed and the time needed to get it all done! It's been a whirlwind of events, including ripping out the old carpet on our own, painting the interior ourselves (with the help of our dear friends!), and dealing with critter infestations and fixing broken things like the heater, sliding glass doors, etc.
We were warmly welcomed into the neighborhood and met all our neighbors within the first week living here! Incredible neighborhood with such sweet people!
We've been blessed by our friends and family's generosity in helping us furnish the place, with new couches, a playhouse for the kids, bookshelves, dressers, a room size rug, lamps, patio furniture, a palm tree, and most recently a train table for the kids.
We're all unpacked and feeling more and more settled each day, as we prepare for our house warming party! The kids are in love with the house, because of all the space they have to run wild and they each get their own rooms for the first time! The first couple of days we were here, they simply ran from one end of the house to the other end over and over and over. Hilarious.
Looking back, the best way to describe the whole process is, "We came, we saw, we conquered"! For those of you that saw this house in it's original state, and persevered with us as we waited 6 months to get our offer accepted, you understand what I'm talking about! But also looking back, and most importantly, none of this could have been accomplished without God giving us the strength and the outpouring of His blessings.
Daily I am reminded how much I need Jesus, that even in the midst of so much good and blessing, there is a spiritual battle going on, as the devil is trying to grab hold of us from every angle. From Tristan's nightmares, to Kira getting wounded around the house regularly, to stress and busyness and sleepless nights. But, as the Bible says in Ephesians, "Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil". Daily that is my goal to put on God's armor and fight the spiritual battle for family. It's amazing how peaceful and reassuring being in God's word all day long actually is! When I am immersed in the Bible, Tristan's nightmares are gone, Kira doesn't get hurt as much, the stress and busyness burden is lifted, and I sleep like a baby. Thank you God!