She's here! Most of you probably keep tabs on us through social media, but Eden Grace officially arrived on January 30. We are thrilled that she's healthy and growing (now, we just need to work on that sleeping part!).
So much has transpired since we last wrote in early January. The most exciting, of course, was Eden making her appearance. One of our biggest concerns was how Henry would respond to a new human being in our house – mostly demanding all of Mommy and Daddy's attention. He still has his typical toddler moments, but for the most part he has been so helpful around the house. If he hears sister crying, he sprints to the nearest pacifier and tries to soothe her. If she needs a new diaper, he is right there helping to get a new one out so "his baby" isn't sad anymore. It's been a joy to watch him take on the role of big brother in stride. We are so, so proud of him.
Plenty has taken place at Providence Road in the past couple of months, too. We officially launched our new website. Go check it out – www.provroad.org! I spent a lot of time with the details in finishing it out, so it felt pretty great once it was finished. We also installed a second service back on January 22. It has been a remarkably smooth transition. I've learned a ton in the process... how to mobilize a new wave of volunteers, creating new positions, how to best communicate to a large group of people, and trusting God throughout it all – knowing that even if our best efforts fail, it will be okay.
We found out at the end of 2016 that the building we currently meet in won't be available to us long-term. We rent from a local church who has been so gracious to us, but they would like full access to that space again in the near future. As a result, we have spent a lot of time recently looking for new potential gathering spaces for Providence Road. After lots of prayer and discussions, the church put in an offer on a building yesterday morning – one that we would rent. We are excited about the potential of this space: the location, size, and opportunities to serve the city of Norman.
Here are the ways in which you can pray for us in the days and weeks ahead:
Without further ado, here are a bunch of baby pictures – which is probably all you wanted to see anyways! I've also added one of Henry playing on his new play set, a gift that was given to us from my aunt and uncle.
We love you guys! Thanks for your continued prayer and support for us.