Hey guys, it's Brooke! I am finally beginning to emerge from the newborn fog and feel like a real human again! This past month has been a busy one – settling into a new routine of caring for a newborn and a toddler has been a challenge but also a joy. I feel that Henry is at the perfect age and hasn't shown any signs of jealousy. He is completely in love with his sister – always kissing her, helping her, and talking about how cute she is. He also goes to a Mother's Day Out program twice a week which has been a tremendous help. He is so social as well, so he loves it.
This month hit us with the unexpected death of my Grandpa, so we traveled to Iowa for his funeral and to spend time with family. I was so thankful that we were able to be there. Henry also got to play with my cousin's kiddos, which are all around his age so he had a lot of fun. We have also been at the hospital with Jay's sweet Grandma, who fell and broke several bones. We are praising God that she is okay, although she has a long road to recovery.
This has also been an exciting month at Providence Road. I am continually amazed by the women I am surrounded by at our church. I have met and become friends with women who are walking through all sorts of hardships: some struggling with infertility, marriage stress, the loss of a child, and a young mom currently undergoing chemo for cancer. All of these women are quick to be open with the struggles they are facing or have faced and use their stories for the glory of Jesus. I know it is not easy for them and yet they continue to praise Him even when they do not understand why these things may be happening. These women are examples to me and I pray that when I face trials and suffering as they do, I will remain faithful. Last night, I gathered with several other moms from Prov Road. We will be meeting once a month to pray for our children.
Jay travelled to Kansas City a couple weeks ago with another one of the pastors from Prov Road. They attended an Acts 29 Conference with several other A29 pastors from the Midwest region. The picture below was taken at their conference held at Redeemer Kansas City. They had a good time and got to eat plenty of KC barbecue.
Things are moving forward with the church potentially moving into a new space. Contract negotiations have progressed and we've settled on a verbal agreement to lease a building in downtown Norman. Once the landlord approves of our architectural design plans, everything will become official! This is an exciting time in the life of the church. There are certainly unknowns (finances, time frame, unexpected obstacles), but we are moving forward in faith.
As always, thank you so much for continuing to support us on our journey. We haven't forgotten that we wouldn't be here without the generosity of those God has placed in our lives.