February was interesting. We have been extremely challenged and incredibly blessed.
Since the beginning of the year our family has been attending a new church in our neighborhood. We felt called to put down roots in our neighborhood and be involved in true community. What a blessing Twin Cities Church has been. We both have felt, through this church, God urging us into a deeper, stronger relationship with Him.
During the month I also discovered that I am extremely sensitive to gluten. After eating a pasta dish I broke out in a blistery rash indicative of Celiac’s disease and became very bloated. After one week of being gluten-free I felt incredible–I had more energy than I had in a long while, my insomnia disappeared, and my digestive health was great. Currently I’m not feeling as great, and it’s discouraging. I know it will be a long path to healing, but I am willing to put in the effort to feel better.
This month we also became a One-Car family. Mike’s car had an irreparable engine failure. Being without a car, Mike has needed to rely on others to get to and from work. It’s been a humbling experience for him, which he is handling with incredible grace. A few days our whole family has driven him to work and has enjoyed the extra time with Daddy. The 50 mile round-trip to Stillwater has given me a renewed appreciation for Mike and the work he does to provide for our family. What a man!
Hazel is growing like a weed and has a new love for eating spinach. She says that spinach will help her grow stronger.
Ambrose is now 16 months old and loves music. Anytime he sees someone pick up a guitar he gets so excited! He and his big sister have daily dance parties, in which they giggle and dance. He’s really taken a liking to his sister.
Blessings from this month:
- Getting to celebrate Granny’s birthday with her
- Mike got a promotion
- The auto shop did not charge us a dime to look at Mike’s car
- Many people from our church offered to provide rides and help as we search for another car
- Mike was able to sell his car on Craigslist to the first guy who looked at it (which never happens with Craiglist!)
- Mike was able to sell his boat on Craigslist to a very pleasant man. He also was the first to show interest in the boat
- A couple from church offered to watch our kids on two occasions so that we could go out on a date. One time they even brought over dinner which we enjoyed together before our date
- Mike and I have an extra hour to spend together on days I take him to work
- Hazel celebrated her half birthday at preschool and she even got handmade cards from her classmates
- We’ve been staying so warm thanks to Mike and the pellet stove