I use my blog as a diary of sorts, but also as a way to raise awareness of what is going on in the world - child sex trafficking, those who are in need of help from the body of Christ, etc . . .
I haven't been as prolific in my writing lately for two reasons. Firstly, my laptop got Diet Cherry Pepsi spilled on it, and so I have to order a new keyboard - something that costs money. That is in very short supply with Chris being unemployed and even I have had a difficult time finding any work. Secondly, you know the saying, "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all"? Well I try to live by that and lately, I have been fighting the dulldroms big time.
The year 2010 has seen a lot of changes for our family. February 13, 2010 Chris returned home from deployment, which we all loved! Having him come home safe in body (although somewhat battered in spirit) was wonderful. Shortly after his return though we said goodbye to Ted Swetland - Chris' stepdad in March 2010. The irony of that is, this - the one thing Chris has always wanted. . . Ted told him he was proud of him. Chris had always hoped to hear that from his dad, but he got to hear it from Ted and it meant a lot to him. Sadly, he was there when Ted's heart beat it's last beat and it still haunts him months later, a lot of things about that haunt him, but it's not mine to share. In a burst of inspiration we were able to secure a flight for Chris AND his mom to join us on our family vacation in Orlando, FL. It was tough to convince her, but it was great to give her a small break before she had to head back into the fray of battles to be fought. We drove home and Chris stopped in Georgia and got to see some old friends from his stationing in Ft. Stewart, GA.
The year 2010 has seen more changes than just those mentioned above, it's been filled with goodbyes to those who had been ill for a long time, and goodbye to those who were close to our age - and it took it's toll on Chris and I both. It has been filled with job hunts and sucking up our pride to ask our government for help. While we hated having to do this, it meant our daughter's having health insurance, something that is necessary for children everywhere, but especially for Elizabeth with her asthma and allergies and amblyopia all which require us to keep her under a watchful eye of doctor's. It meant standing outside a government building and praying for the strength to walk through the doors. I understand now how pride buckling it must have been for my mom to have to ask for that kind of help for several years while raising us. And that was before you could get health insurance through the government; that was just for food assistance.
This year meant seeing maturity spurts in Sarah - who was already pretty remarkable, but she is now showing restraint over her tongue, much better than her early teen years. Elizabeth too is showing maturity changes, she can control her emotions a bit better, she is becoming more independent. It means she is able to walk to her bus stop (we can watch from the yard AND the dining room window to be sure she is okay) all by herself. She is discovering hair accessories, using deodorant, and I suspect before the end of next school year a trip to shop for bras.
Rebekah started preschool this year and has become potty trained (waiting until she was ready meant it only took a week or so to happen). She too is learning self control.
We also saw our picky eaters go down by one. The battle still wages on with Beka, but we are making great headway and she is eating burritos and chicken noodle soup with minimal fighting now.
These are my prayer requests for our family this year if you will please put us in your prayers.
1. Pray for Chris' spirits as he works to find a job. And please pray we have a decent tax return so that he can afford to get his A&P license which would make him much more marketable here in the U.S. AND overseas (Europe, Asia, etc . . .).
2. Pray that God continues to provide for our needs - He has been most faithful so far and while it's a little snug, it still meets our needs.
3. Pray that all of our girls continue to grow in Christ and developmentally as they should.
4. Pray for Lizzie as she works hard to learn to read - she struggles in this area a lot and it is taking a lot of hard work on our part, but we are seeing progress - her reading skills are improving.
5. Pray that God helps me as I prepare to go back to college in the Fall 2011. I have several things I need to do to make this happen and I know about them in advance, which will help, but I'd like to finish those last 19 hours and show my girls it's important to finish what you start.
I hope you all have a safe and Happy New Year! God Bless you all.
Love in Christ,