Saturday, December 21, 2013

um...hi, I'm Julie...remember me??



Well, well, well...how have so many months gone by with no blogging??

We have been busy.

We have just been living.


I have tried to SIMPLIFY life as much as possible...and it's a good thing...



Things have gone so well with Mia's adjustment to life here in our family...we are thinking God knew we needed an easy little one to balance out some of the more challenging (not mentioning any names, lol) ones in our happy little group.



Spring and Summer, and now Fall have passed by and I have just not sat down to blog about any of it. I have been savoring every moment, trying to live in the present, and trying to slowly ride the waves of all the adjustments of life after an adoption and focus on my family.

We have celebrated birthdays, holidays, and our 21st year of marriage. We have gone through lots of medical tests and a surgery for Mia, lived through the stress of a long term-illness of our PopPop, traveled, and returned to full-time homeschool for ALL the kiddos (full and part-time college for our "bigs"). We have celebrated with 30 family members at our house for Thanksgiving, and watched as our kids keep growing...(why is it that every time I turn around it's time for a meal???) ;)


As 2013 draws to a close I am overwhelmed by the care and gentle way our Lord has carried us through this adjustment time (it's actually been so much easier than I ever dreamed) and how he has honored our leap of faith to bring this little princess home. She is a delight and little love bug - truly. I can't imagine if we hadn't followed God down this path...



We have been so generously taken care of by our friends, family, and loving church family - the meals, clothes, shoes, toys, and even homeschool books keep coming in for all our little girls. I love how God takes care of us through others' hearts. These wonderful photos in this post and on our blog header (our Christmas card photo) were even a gift from a homeschooling friend/photographer highlighting adoption on her blog. Blessings all around.


Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas, filled with wonder and joy as we think about that little baby sent down from heaven. A baby sent to save the world - a savior sent to save you and me. I look forward to getting back to blogging in the new year (and filling in the gaps from this past year with lots of photos!) ... but for now I am off to enjoy a warm cup of tea in the family room with my peeps...


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Julie, beautiful post. I love being able to keep up with your. family this way. You and John are such an inspiration to Andy and I and an incredible testimony to all! Much love and Merry Christmas from the Neilsons.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Wondered what happened to you guys! So happy to see you thriving. Yahoo! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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