The Wonder of the second summer

Dandelion fuzz.
Dragonfly wings.
Bunny tails.
Cicada songs.
Pond skimming frogs.
Goose feathers.

Puddi and I took a walk to the Faith pond today. These are just a few of the little delights of life that grabbed her attention. To see the wonder in the eyes of a 2-year-old when just discovering these things for the first time, ahh bliss. The “What’s that?,” and “I wanna kiss it,” or “I wanna touch it,” “Oh, Mommy, I love it!” are all so wonderful to hear.  Especially in light of our upcoming move out of the city.  In less than 2 weeks, we will be living in the country {not really the country, but close enough 😉 } again.  I am on the edge of my seat in anticipation.  I can’t wait to see the beauty that she discovers there.

It is amazing to have a fresh new way to view the world that God has created and put us in.  The beauty never ceases to amaze me, even 6,000 years post curse.

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Back to Basics

Four years ago we bought a house with an acre of land and settled in a small Wisconsin town.  It was the first time in my life I had ever put down roots.  Growing up, we had moved around A LOT.  I just got used to never “planting” myself.  After two years of sinking our roots into the soil, we were uprooted.  God called Ben into the ministry years ago and now he felt that we needed to go back to school for him to finish up his ministerial degree.  We moved to Faith‘s campus in Ankeny, IA with our first 2 children, while I was expecting #3.  During our time at school, we lived in a 2 bedroom apartment.  Number 3 was born and #4 caught us by surprise!  It’s been two years since coming to Iowa. It is wonderful to be able to witness the extraordinary situations that God has orchestrated in our lives.  Because of several AMAZING developments, we are finally looking forward to moving back home.

The rest of Ben’s bachelor’s (1 more year) and all of his M.Div. is now available online through BBS.  Our dreams of living the simple life–having a garden, a few chickens, perhaps some rabbits, maybe a goat–is beginning to take shape again.  Yes, life will be hectic with him taking Seminary courses, but there is something peaceful about having a place to call home.  I’m not just talking about a temporary dwelling place, but a real home.  I’m so excited to be getting back to basics.