The highlight of September was finding out the gender of our sweet baby! I (Brooke) am now 22 weeks pregnant and have been keeping my lips sealed so that we could tell family first and then our amazing supporters and readers of this blog next. We had a few gender reveal parties with family and are so excited to announce that we are having a girl! Jay and I were pleasantly surprised, but equally excited. This pregnancy has felt much like my last and Jay's side of the family is loaded with boys, so that is what we were expecting. I, of course, love my intense and hyper and rough at times big and little boy, but I think the sweetness of a baby girl is just what our family needs!
This past month has been more difficult behavior-wise with Henry. He is becoming more and more strong willed and still adjusting to this move. He still talks about so many of his friends from Kentucky--especially his beloved "Bubba and JoJo." When I ask him about his friends in his class at church he often says names like "Owen and Siah." And sometimes he will only cleanup his toys if we show him pictures of "baby Mia." All this to say, please pray for my little guy to find some good friends to play with. We have met several new friends from church who have kiddos and Henry isn't shy to begin talking and playing with them--but he could for sure use prayer to find a few boys around his age to play with. I assumed he would adjust quickly to this move being that he is only two, but he is such a little extrovert with a great memory of Kentucky. I hope he never forgets the amazing people we did life with there, but learns to adjust to Norman soon as well as finding some little buddies.
We have been in Norman just over two months but it seems longer than that. Most mornings I wake up and am reminded of how faithful the Lord is in bringing us here. We are so thankful to be a part of Providence Road. I am so thankful for this sweet baby I am carrying. My first week here I got invited to a running group which has kept me accountable in continuing to exercise which has made me feel a lot better this pregnancy. We are so thankful for our MC (missional community), as we get to know them more. Jay and I are each involved in "fight clubs" which meet every other week in smaller groups of 3-4 people. We are able to open up about sin in our life as well as encourage and pray for one another. I have also just loved seeing Jay use his gifts of organization and detail within the context of Providence Road. God has placed in us all talents and abilities and it is so amazing to see what happens when they are used for Christ.
This has been a great few months, but of course, not everything is always sunshine and daisies. I have been adjusting to being a stay at home mom and it is definitely taking some time. I miss taking care of sick people--taking care of a toddler can be rough. Now that I am not working I finally understand the phrase "the days are long but the years are short." Whenever I was working part-time my days off were mostly a joy. I wanted to spend each moment with Henry that I could. But now I understand that days really can seem like they never end and it takes all the self-control in me not to text Jay to ask if he will be home soon or send him videos of Henry screaming on the floor. Through it all, I have learned that a busy schedule does not equal a better schedule. There is joy in slow days when all I have planned is coffee drinking, toy playing, and some Daniel Tiger. I know one day I will miss these days. So each day I remind myself it is such a gift to be able to soak up these days with Henry--especially before number two comes along. Please also continue to pray for Brenda. She started chemo again a few weeks ago and has felt incredibly sick everyday with no relief.
I know that we say this on almost every post but we are so thankful for all of our supporters. We haven't forgotten you all but are reminded daily how God used his people to bring us here! So, thanks!