Just to keep things interesting this blog post is coming to you from Brooke! I am here not to discuss details or logistics or anything too complicated. If you know Jay well or have read his previous posts, you know the Lord has gifted him in those ways, which is why I leave that stuff up to him. Anyways, I am just writing to give a general view about what is going on in our lives right now.
These past few months we have shared with the world the direction we believe God is leading our family. We have told people close to us we are moving halfway across the country. We have told family and friends in Oklahoma that we are coming back. We have had dozens of lunches, dinners, phone calls, and Skype meetings explaining our vision and our need for prayer and financial support. We have organized closets, hidden toys, and de-child proofed our house. We have even had the joy of cleaning those things that don’t really matter anymore once you have a kid—things like the microwave, the cracks behind the washer and dryer, the food stuck in the grout, and the milk spots that need to be scrubbed off the hardwood. As I type this, we are hosting an Open House and praying we find buyers quickly since we will be moving in a few weeks (and also because all this cleaning is making me lose my sanity with a toddler in tow).
We are also very excited that we will be welcoming our second child into the family this January, just a couple short weeks after Henry turns three. We have been praying and waiting for a child this past year and after many doctor’s appointments, a few ultrasounds, and one possible surgery, Jesus—in His great love—gave us the gift of a positive pregnancy test after a year of negative ones. I know that this pales in comparison to several friends of mine that have struggled with infertility for years with bravery and courage. But this past year I learned so much of how we think we have a plan for our lives and how Jesus lovingly proves us wrong. I sure am thankful I am not in the process of moving with a ginormous belly in the way. I am thankful that as Henry gets more active and ornery and goofy by the day, that I get to spend these next 6 months with him as we adjust to our new life in Norman before another change takes place. Most importantly, I am thankful for Romans 8:28—that he works all things together for the good of those who love him.
Before Jay and I plunged into the enormous task that is support raising, we read a few books about the subject that a few other support raisers have recommended. Or maybe I should say that Jay read a few books and I read a few pages (remember, it’s been a busy few months.) All that to say the pages I read discussed the honor and joy and blessing of raising support. Looking back, I remember thinking these people might be just a tad crazy finding joy in asking people for money. But now as we are at just over 90% of our goal in just about 45 days, I am overwhelmed by the love our community has for us and that, as the book phrased it, “God is giving to us through people.” What a great way to look at it—that God is actually the one giving to us as his people respond in obedience. Jay has also done an amazing job of being so organized and humble and intentional about finding a way to provide for our family this next year. There have been many times in this journey of asking those to pray for and support us where God has affirmed our calling of moving to Norman. We will have a smaller house, smaller paycheck—as I won’t be working, and will be serving in a smaller church. But we find so much joy and simplicity in this smallness. This whole process has humbled us beyond belief and shown us what it means to decrease so that Christ may increase in our lives.
This is our last full week in Kentucky, a state I never imagined I would ever live but a place that has grown close to my heart because of the beautiful rolling hills, amazing Autumn leaves, the sweet tea in full supply, and most importantly, the friendships we have made. This place has filled the first 5 years of our marriage where we bought our first little house with an amazing backyard and where Henry spent the first 2.5 years of his life. We are preparing our hearts for our next steps with excitement for our future, but also so much gratitude for the time we were called here. We will miss our old Kentucky home.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading, for supporting, for praying. Continue to pray that we raise the remainder of our support, that our house sells, and that cute little Henry will transition well to Oklahoma.
Thanks for reading!