Sunday, February 26, 2012
We celebrated Aunt Kara's birthday, were godparents for baby Emerson, affirmed Delaney's baptism, and spent tons of good time catching up with people that have known and loved us the longest. The girls were wonderful travelers; Laney included. We did learn an important lesson from that good behavior--do not reward it with a family trip to Ikea that very day. THat is known as "pressing your luck". Likewise, it's not a good idea to furniture shop at Ikea on the way home from a family vacation unless you want to spend precious nap time in the parking lot tying boxes to the van roof. Important life lessons.
Monday, February 06, 2012
We became official Pittsburgh "boomerangs", returning to the place we had that had been good to us years before. Back then, the Steelers were in the Superbowl, our girls were a lot smaller, and we were unsure about how our housing, schooling and other situations were going to work out. We have truly seen God's hand in each of those areas. (Okay, maybe not in the Steelers' season this year). Our girls are thriving in a solid, growing, Christ-centered school. We have renters in our Michigan house and are content renting in a big-enough home in a lovely neighborhood. Jonathan's daily job provides him challenge and affirmation. We still spend a lot of time in the living room where this picture was taken--the Ryans' house. Amalia, Brinnly, and Carrigan are not only older, but in the role of big sister once again. Delaney is the cherry on top of all of the changes in the past year.
We still miss Michigan dearly. We are still unsure of how the next year, decade, and beyond are going to turn out. Where will we call home next? But right now we're thankful for how the past 365 days have blessed us.