Saturday, April 2, 2011

Thus far...

We just recently celebrated our one year anniversary with our house!

Because of this momentous occasion, I have been in deep thought remembering and recalling what life was like for us one year ago. I was already planning a reflective blog when I read this Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotional.

"Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, 'Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?' " 2 Samuel 7:18

Oh how fitting this verse and those words are to my life right now! Let's look back...

On March 30, 2010, we officially became homeowners. We signed the papers to close on our house, I hurried back to ETBU to work because I'm pretty sure I had some event that day, and Weston headed to unload the U-HAUL truck. You read that right. We didn't get to take time to paint or clean our new house before moving in because...

On March 31, 2010, we officially had to be out of our old duplex in Hallsville. If we were in there just one day in April, they were going to charge us an entire month's rent. Our rent had gone up and it was like $800 or something ridiculous like that so it was completely out of the question for us. We were supposed to have closed on our house the weekend before but you know how those things go- they needed more paperwork and the date got pushed back. I was beginning to get nervous but things worked out!

On March 30, 2010, My brother was nice enough to take a day off work to help Weston move all of our stuff, and one of Weston's friends from LETU helped too. I had a long day at work. I don't remember what the event was, I just remember that I got home late, I was completely exhausted and I really needed a shower. I think I was about 5 months pregnant at this point and just wanted to go to bed. I was not about to clean the shower before I used it so I just took a our new house... Meaning the last person that used that shower before me was a complete stranger and I didn't clean it. I was a little grossed out the whole time, but I got over it.

On March 30, 2010, we didn't know the gender of the precious little squirrel in my tummy.

On March 31, 2010, we found out we were having a boy! Weston had to fly that day so he didn't get to come to the doctor's office with me. This being such a big occasion, my parents came along. It was such a sweet time seeing that little baby move around in my belly! Right after that, we stopped by the old duplex to do the last of the cleaning and turn in the keys (woohoo!), then it was on to Target. To reveal the gender of the baby to Weston, I was going to buy a little boy outfit and put it in a bag. Weston would open it to reveal the big surprise. Unfortunately, I went a little crazy at Target. I couldn't buy just one thing and ended up spending about $75 on several outfits! HA!

On March 31, 2010, Weston got home from flying. He really wanted our firstborn child to be a boy so I was pretty stoked to reveal it to him! We sat at our dining room table in our new house and I handed him the bag. He removed the tissue paper to find a little blue outfit that said "I love Dad." Weston's response, "Well... a girl COULD wear that..." Then he pulled out some shorts and a polo, "A girl could wear that..." And this went on and on! (My husband is crazy.) Until FINALLY, he pulled out a little outfit that said "Little dude, big dreams" and Weston looked at me and said, "Is it a boy?" My response, "YESSSS!!!"

'Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?'

On March 30, 2011, I woke up to get my smiley and giggly, blue eyed, red-headed, 7 and a half month old out of bed. We spent the day together in our house that we absolutely LOVE. Our home. We went to the gym. We went to Target...where I spent too much money (some things never change). Weston got home from work and played with Leeland while I went to choir practice at church.

On March 31, 2011, the day before was basically repeated with a few minor changes. And when Weston got home, we went to Smashburger (my FAVORITE) where we dined outside in the BEAUTIFUL weather. I told Weston it was our one year house anniversary. (I know, I was a day off. I was a little confused and it took a lot of thinking in my brain to sort all of these events out) And we thought, "Wow. So much has happened in a year."

'Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?'

The Lord has blessed us with a house that we love and a beautiful baby boy that we love even more. Another huge blessing is that I am able to stay home and enjoy every day with Leeland AND I don't have the stress and extreme exhaustion of my old job. I love the place we have come to "thus far." The Lord has blessed and provided, and for that, I am thankful.

But there are two important points from Wendy's P31 devotional that stand out to me:
  • "Life has taken twists, turns, and changes at every bend, yet somehow for a season you have arrived at a place of seeing spiritual blessings from the Lord. Yet you realize your place of thus far pales in comparison to knowing and experiencing the goodness and faithfulness of God."
  • "No matter what current circumstances you find yourself in, with our Living God there is always a place of “thus far” waiting around the next bend."

1 comment:

  1. Thats so exciting Meagan!!! Happy Anniversary :) I remember when you told me you were having a boy!!!! ;) I can tell you exactly where I was an what I was doing when I got the text and the picture...and the shhh dont tell lol : )

    Love you! Enjoy all to come in your home!