Hopeful and Expectant

As we enter 2016 I sit here very expectant that God has something amazing up His sleeve for us. I believe the Lord brought us to the Four Corners as an answer to my very prayers from 2014.  For Matt to have the job that moved us out here for only 13 months is still confusing to us.  The drive was an hour each way and place where he worked stated to weigh heavy on him.  He never shared these things with me, even the Lord telling him that he wasn't going to retire there.  Matt really didn't know a way out, he wasn't going to quit and I believe the Lord removed him from that place and had something even better for him.  I am expectant that the Lord has a job that is closer, may not be the same pay, but a fulfilling job.  Going back to SoCal would be too easy, and won't be that much of a miracle to find a job there, since it's bigger and more jobs available.  Here jobs are scarce and the pay low.  Matt finding a job here with decent pay will definitely be a miracle and I believe God still works to show off in our lives.  Matt's old job was the job to move us here, have Matt without a job for a period of time to trust Him more and allow us to see His work in our lives and have a front row seat to watch how the Lord orchestrates His divine plan for us. 
Lord, help us not to miss what you have for us. Help us to wait in expectation and allow you to live and move and have your being in our lives.

It's been a while

Day 3:  With my last post on January 1, 2014 I prayed specifically for a few things.  October of that year the Lord answered my prayer about leaving CA.  We moved to CO on December 22, 2014 and I became a stay at home mom.  During this past year we made this house into our home, pretty much rebuilding it.  That means spending a lot of money.  On December 10, 2015 Matt lost his job. The same job that moved us out here.  We are still in shock and disbelief.  Why would God move us all the way out here to have Matt work this job for a year and for me to only stay home for a year.  Of course doubts about moving in the first place set in.  When we first contemplated this move it was so clear to us to move.  This was the path very clearly lit.  The circumstances involved for this move to happen was obvious why they happened.  Still, why did Matt lose his job? I just don't get it!!!  We live in such a small town that it seems impossible for Matt you find work that pays close to what he was making.  It's scary.  It would be very easy for us just to go back to CA, easy to find jobs.  If we took the easy route we would miss God working and miss how He's going to work all this out.  We would miss out on a miracle.  We're ready Lord, we  want to see your hand working. Wherever you lead us we'll go.

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January 1, 2014

This is the year where things have to change.  The years 2011,2012 were very significant as far as seeing God working.  I'm not saying that He stopped but those years seeing God working was so evident and in big ways, i.e found out that I'm pregnant, Matt got a GREAT, new job and the birth of lil Z.  Last year, 2013, seemed kind of quiet, stagnant in a sense.  I became to busy and just sporadically spent time with the Lord and didn't really dig deep with Him last year.

I am going to spend more time with the Lord and become closer to him and know and desire Him more.  I have specific requests this year and as a friend puts it "pound Heaven's door" till I hear confirmation on those requests. 

If the Lord wants us to stay in CA I'm praying for a promotion for Matt with a significant raise.
If that doesn't happen, I'm asking the Lord to take us out of CA.  Saving enough for a down payment to buy a home in So Cal seems almost impossible.

We would love to add to our family, but that would be difficult to do with me still working and again our small place.  Would love lil Z to grow up with a sibling closer to her age.

I know God is working in my life and in my family's and He has done and will continue to do amazing things.

Christmas 2013

Another quiet Christmas in SoCal.  It was just the four of us again and even though we have gorgeous weather I would trade that for Christmas is KY with Matt's family.  When we wake up we open stockings, make breakfast, read about the birth of Christ and then open gifts.  We are beyond blessed and so thankful God provided. For the past four to five years we have been able to buy gifts for our family and friends with cash, we're done with credit cards and it feels so good to not have any debt entering the new year.
As L gets older his gifts become a little more expensive, but with lil Z it's a little easier.  She is obsessed with Minnie Mouse, so there was a Minnie tornado that swept our living room this Christmas.  Overall, we had a great time being together and even rode our bikes to the beach that afternoon.

Disneyland 2013

It's always a fun day when we get to spend it with our great friends.  A works for Disney and he is always so generous and signs our family and his in with the extra tix he gets during Christmas.  This is our third year in a row we have done this and it's always a wonderful day.

Family Photos 2013

Catching up

Ran a 10k with my friend and our babies.
Sea World
Happy 16 years together
Flag Football. running back
I know it's been a while, so far we've had a summer trip to Disneyland, the first day of school, football season, our anniversary, Halloween and Luke's birthday, and a bunch of other little happenings in between.  Life is busy!

Luke had a great flag football season and had at least two touchdowns per game.  He seems more focused this year in 6th grade and has A's and B's.  He just might earn himself an NBA game. 

Z  is 19 months old has been walking for 2 1/2 months now and of course doesn't like the stroller as much.   She talks so much too!  She has quite the vocabulary.  She know most of the animals, throws he diaper away for me as she says the word "trash".  The words she puts together is "I see you", 'brush teeth"  "go outside" and "bye. bye....."  Oh, and she is obsessed with Minnie Mouse.

Matt and I celebrated our 16th anniversary this past July and we got to go away overnight while my mom watched the kids.

Tonight is our annual holiday trip to Disneyland with our best friends and I hope to post photos sooner rather than later ;)

Here are a few photos of our last four months.

Many Thanks

Wow, it's been four months since my last post.  As I reflect on Thanksgiving I can't help but be most grateful for what the Lord has given me.  First of all His wonderful gift of salvation and just the grace He generously pours out everyday.  My husband who works all day and is ready to help me clean up after dinner and does whatever is needed to make things easier for me with household and children duties.  I work outside the home so I am especially grateful for his help.  I think back to when Matt got his new job a year ago when we had baby Z.  That was such a MAJOR blessing as we added a new member to our family we sure needed the extra money.  I know for sure that God would have provided everything we would need if Matt stayed at his old company since God did give us baby Z in this season of our lives, but still very grateful for Matt's new job!

I definitely cannot forget my kids!  Having infertility issues with both, they are our miracles.  Yes, I would have liked my kids to be closer in age, but that's not how God saw it and even though I know His ways are better and his timing is good it's hard to live out those truths sometimes.  So my kids are an everyday reminder of God's faithfulness, His restoration and His LOVE.

God is so good, He's so good to me.

OC Fair

Spent a nice evening at the OC fair.  L spent the first five minutes with us and then spent the rest of the night with his friends and Matt and I and Lil Z roamed the fair, ate some yummy food and tried a bacon root beer...YUCK!!!