Changing Seasons

April 12, 2009

It has been quite some time since I have blogged here. If for some reason, you’re still checking for updates, thanks. I’ve missed writing, and know I need to continue to write (though not necessarily blogging) as a discipline that needs to be developed. Our lives have changed a good bit since I’ve last posted. As winter has turned to spring (how happy that makes me!), so our lives have been gradually changing.

At the end of last year, my old computer crashed. Ugh. My sweet husband did a lot of freelance work and to earn funds to buy a used computer for me to use…a Mac! I am loving the change and am still learning, but one thing that has kept me from blogging here is that I hate to write without posting pictures! Especially picture of my sweet little girl, who is now 14 months. 🙂 I don’t yet have a fast and easy way to transfer pictures from my camera to the new computer, but I decided to post this anyway. I have still been posting (well, not as frequently as intended) at my savings blog, Saving in Greenville, but it is a bit easier to keep up with.

The Lord has led us through many seasons in recent months. Certainly, we miss my Dad, and I’m learning that the grief was not just in the days surrounding his death. For me, those days were relatively easy, and I miss him more now than I did then. But I am thankful for our wonderful years together and for the memories that will live on until we see him again in heaven.

Just over a month after my dad’s death, we learned we of a new life that will be joining our family–we are expecting our second child in late October. We believe that each child is a gift, and have trusted Him to give us these gifts in His perfect timing. It is perfect, no matter how quickly they come or how long we must wait; but we will not refuse God’s gifts. Recent weeks have been filled with all-day, unpredictable “morning sickness,” but how we rejoice at the days to come.

We’re also busy preparing for our upcoming survey trip later this year. The political situation in Madagascar is all but favorable, but at this point we are still planning the trip. God has already shown us His kind provision in this area-often from unexpected sources, as well. There is still much to do and much to fund, but we are confident that this is the direction He is leading.

But it is spring, and so we are soaking up the sunshine. Hana Kate just loves being outdoors, and has already gotten a little farmer’s tan. Maybe I’ll be in the sun enough this year to turn my hair back to the blonde it used to be. Or maybe, it wil just help her to grow some hair! 🙂

This past weekend, all 3 of us were throwing up together. It was a new experience, for sure! Thankfully, my mom was visiting for part of that time and was able to take care of Hana Kate while we rested. Now we just have to catch up on laundry and dishes!

Many other changes and plans seem to be coming our way in future months. The months ahead hold many unknowns, but our God holds our future, and in that we rejoice!.

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  • Sarah Ann April 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    How exciting that you have another little bundle of joy on the way!!! I will be praying for you with your morning sickness, Keren. We need to catch up sometime. I have missed talking to you.

  • Heather April 17, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Keren – I know that we haven’t met, but a little over a year ago I stumbled across your website (a link to the $20 grocery shopping I belive) and have checked in periodically since just to see what was up (I love the blog). I could not resist taking a moment to congratulate you on your wonderful news. May the Lord bless you and your family and I hope the morning sickness passes soon.

  • Jess April 19, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations on your coming addition. May the Lord continue to bless you in all you do!