Time is running away on us and our blog has been left in the dust these days.
The big question lately is about how the pregnancy is going. So, as of today I’m at 20 weeks which means we are half way there! So far it’s been an exciting few months. I have been feeling really great which I am SO grateful for! We had our 18 week ultrasound a couple weeks ago and all is going along in normal fashion. I can feel baby moving around now which is crazy cool and also fairly weird to get used to. We have decided to wait to find out what sex the baby is so come November we’ll find out! We look forward to our monthly appointments with the midwives (ok so maybe me more than Pete) and in general this whole new baby journey is simply interesting and exciting. We’re enjoying sleep while we can still get it in normal amounts and these last months of just the two of us.
We’re into our busy time of year. Off The Grid is just less than a month away so we’re busy preparing for that – handling registration, communicating with staff, supply buying, and plenty of meetings. A new addition this year is that I will be overseeing all the cooking for the summer. We never were able to find a cook so this will be a new thing for me but we have different people to work with me each weekend so all is working out. We have expanded our team of staff this summer so Pete and I will not be living up there with the group each weekend. Although we really enjoyed doing that, it will work much better to just focus on our individual responsibilities and the general oversight of the program. Pete will continue with his oversight of the operations side of the program as well as sharing the teaching load, and I will continue on with all the administration as well as the cooking. So we’ve got our work cut out for us and we’re looking forward to it!
I’ve been challenged lately in the area of loving those around me. While that might sound cliche it’s been really impacting. I think we all probably have family members, friends or coworkers who are challenging to love – it could be personality differences, they could be going through a painful season in life or dealing with a lot of stress, it could just be the complexity of family and/or relationships coming out that makes it challenging…it could be a lot of things really. Recently I was asking God to help me be patient and loving in a certain situation because love was really not what was coming from my heart in that moment. He reminded me of those verses I’ve heard a thousand times at weddings or at church. That love is patient and kind. It’s not rude. That it always perseveres. It endures through every circumstance. That love never gives up. I keep thinking that one through and thinking about how heavy it was on God’s heart for us to truly love people. It can be hard to do but it’s the least we can do to keep trusting Him for the grace and strength to love and really love those beautiful people He’s placed in our lives.
After all, love never gives up.