“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”
My sister, Sarah and her husband Joe have been living with us for about 8 months. We were both at the end of our pregnancies when they moved in and we’ve enjoyed the support of being moms together for about 6 months. I feel that having her around has been beneficial to me and my children, Mica, Brooks, and Bella. I know it was helpful to her as well to have support for herself and her newborn son, Asher.
Once, my breast milk supply dropped and she graciously pumped extra (as did “Sharin”, a close friend of ours) to help me minimize the amount of formula I had to supplement while I worked to get my supply back up. Another time, she got food poisoning and had to go to the ER. In that case, I did the sharing and got to help take care of my sweet nephew. I think for her, as a new mom, it was nice to have back up. As for me, as a second (and third)-time mom, I would have been bursting with confidence, except for the fact that having twins is a complete game-changer and it took some time for me to find my bearings. So it was a definite plus just feeling like there was an extra person I could count on.
I knew the day would come when they would leave. I knew it would be soon. They told us when they moved in that it would be short-term. I just didn’t expect them to move so far away. See, we had a plan. My family is super close (at least I’d like to think that). So we all decided that grandma, and each sibling and their clan, would move close to one another. Our kids could grow up close to each other and we’d have, kind of a family community. We had even been looking for land together.
Then Joe was offered a job that was located six hours away. The lucrative benefits it offered were irresistible. It is an amazing opportunity for him to advance in his career.
I have a prayer list. I have had one for years and it includes pretty much everyone I know and lists specific areas of concern for their lives. One of my prayers for Joe is that he would find a good job that he enjoys. God is definitely doing a work in their family!
While I am excited for them, I feel like a piece of my heart is about to move two states away. I love Sarah so much. I will miss the way she makes me laugh every day and the silly ideas we come up with. I love having theoretical debates with Joe, especially when we agree about something but one of us plays “devil’s advocate” and the discussion goes on and on just for fun. I will miss his sarcastic sense of humor. But most of all, I will miss watching baby Asher grow and learn and play with my little ones. Now, I know they aren’t moving to the moon, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I will miss them dearly.
I pray for blessings, protection, and salvation over them as they move and for supernatural favor in all they put their hands to do.
I love you Sarah, Joe, and Asher.
PS: Sarah, My only
demand respectful request is that you to send me a daily email with a picture attached!
Double Talk Quote: “It shouldn’t be hard to read a map.” – Sarah (who is notorious for being directionally challenged)
Verse: Deuteronomy 28:2-3 “All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.”
Word that has Lost its meaning: plan
Relatable Lyrics: David Bowie “Changes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHkrpKYehcI
2/23/15 (The EarthQuakers are 7 months old)
Comments on: "Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes" (4)
Well, reading this nearly makes me cry. O my dear, sweet Bellsie. You have no idea what it has meant to me to have you by my side throughout our pregnancies and the first 7 months of my baby’s life. You have been so supportive & helpful & accommodating & giving; sharing all you have. In all honesty, the longer I lived with you, the more amazed & honored & proud of you I’ve become. I am genuinely awestruck by you. Every single day. You are one of the best mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, people that I have ever known…& ever will know. You have taught me so much and I know you still have so much more to teach. Being around you is like a burst of light and a breath of fresh air, & I will miss having the privilege of being near you every day. I am so thankful for you, for all your encouragement, & for all you do. And don’t even get me started on your faith! You are so Godly and you trust God so much and have so much hope, faith & trust in His promises consistently. I admire you so much-there is so much to admire!
My heart breaks at the thought of Asher not seeing his 3 cousins every day. Of me not seeing them either! Words do not express how much I enjoy seeing them all together-the babies playing; Mica teaching and handling the baby translations 😉 Your beautiful, blessed, precious children. These 4 children have my heart always. So much love.
I will miss so much seeing yours & Mica’s interactions with Asher. & watching Bella scoot around & claim every toy as her own; & watching Brooks try to reach his mum mums & then begging you to get it for him. & Asher sitting there watching them, just kind of doing his own thing. These kids bring so much joy.
The love in your eyes for my little boy; being able to leave him with you & know he’s in wonderful hands. God knew what He was doing when He gave you twins!
I know you are ready & willing to do just about anything for us, & that’s not an easy thing to find. You are a gem <33 I love you with all of my heart. Always.
And again, thank you for everything.
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I’m not sure there are any words I can write that would justify how I feel at this very moment. Just know that I love you and miss you and pray for you today and always! God’s got us all in His hands and only He knows His plans. In the meantime, while we travel our separate roads, we are meant to enjoy the ride and when those roads mean up from time to time, I can’t wait to find you there!
I am looking forward to that 🙂 ❤
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