Hello friends, Brooke here... hope you all are doing well. Anyone else just love October?! The hot months are coming to an end and our family can hardly wait for cooler days. Eden asks to go to the “punkin patch” on a daily basis. Jay and I wrapped up summer spending an amazing, kid-free week in Florida. We were so thankful to have some time together.
Henry started Kindergarten and loves school as usual. Eden is 2.5 and such a joy to be around. She is talking so much, loves making silly faces, and is a tad sassy. She also can’t stop talking about her baby sister. In June, I found out that I am pregnant and it has been a journey of ups and downs. The first few months were difficult, because I was nervous about my new growing baby and because we found out last June about Josiah’s diagnosis. I looked at my belly and was reminded of the pain of my pregnancy last summer. But last month we had the anatomy ultrasound and are so grateful and thankful to report that our sweet girl appears healthy. Even as I type now, I am feeling sweet little baby kicks, movements I no longer take for granted. I only felt Josiah move occasionally — each time this girl moves I am reminded of hope. We still have fears but God is using them to deepen our trust in Him. We can’t wait to hold our baby girl in February.
The elders at Providence Road recently reached out to Jay to officially offer him a long-term position, one in which the church will fully take on his salary. Support raising has been challenging and encouraging all at the same time, but we are excited to have a sense of stability and rootedness moving forward that we haven't really felt until recently. We will have more details to share next month on what his role will look like. If you are currently financially supporting us, your recurring contributions will stop deducting at the end of 2019. We're so thankful that you've partnered with us in this way. It is truly humbling to know that so many people love us and chose to support the Kingdom of Christ through us in this way.
Jay and I are still leading/hosting our missional community in our home. In August, we sent out two couples from our group to begin their own MC. We miss seeing them as much as we used to but this has allowed us to have more room for new people. We will also be trying out a new model that we hope will help us dig into discipleship in a more intentional way with those in our MC.
Again, thank you friends for continuing to support us in the many seasons of ministry and life over the past few years. We are so grateful. We haven’t forgotten your sacrifice and neither has the Lord. Please pray that the rest of my pregnancy goes smoothly and that our sweet girl will be healthy. You can also be praying for our MC, that our new model is a positive change and that we may grow deeper into relationship with each other and Jesus. Our desire is to be disciples who make disciples and we would love for you all to pray that these are not just words on our lips but that this is how we live our lives and interact with our community.