WOW, have I really dropped the ball with this blog! I may have taken about a 10 month break… oops. It was partly on purpose, though. Kenneth and I realized our blog was being monitored (by certain non-governmental groups), and some of our content was sensitive, which could have resulted in putting ourselves and subjects of those posts at risk. Nevertheless. We are edited, safe, and back on track. Now, I will be trying my best (well, let’s just say I’ll try… this Mommy is tired!) to post regularly on the day-to-day happenings with our little family in Bethlehem. I’m not even sure where to begin! I feel like I need to catch everyone up on the last 10 months all in one post! Let me ‘splain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up. (Princess Bride? Anyone?)
So, in my last post back in April, I had just birthed baby Kenneth. Fast forward to summer, when we went home for 8 weeks to fundraise for this current school year. We were blessed to receive exactly what we needed and more by some amazing churches – our home church of course, Adairsville Church of God, and then Buford Church of God, Praise Assembly, Life Church International, Lexington Road Church of God, Harvest Church of God, City Light Church, Regency Church of God, North Mount Zion Church of God, and Wrens Church of God. THANK YOU for your support this summer, and your continued support this year. It means everything!
The summer was a nice break, although stressful traveling around so much with a 2/3 month old. The 3 of us were stretched and tested as much as we possibly could be. Baby Kenneth was such a champ, though! He is SUCH a good baby. More to come on that later! When we came back to Bethlehem in August, things were a bit shaky because of the war going on between Gaza and Israel. That was interesting! It’s definitely surreal to be giving your 4 month old his middle of the night bottle and hear bomb sirens going off, and explosions only miles away. We appreciated your prayers for our protection during that time. We were always safe, but it is because of your prayers of support back home and being in the will of God that no harm came to us! That continues for us today; we have no reason to be afraid while living here. That particular war is over, but we are still fighting a spiritual battle every day.
Last semester was challenging. We have honestly struggled in a myriad of ways this year. Some days, it’s difficult just to make it until the sun goes down without getting discouraged. But as always, God is so faithful to use those experiences to shape us into who He wants us to be. We have both grown so much as individuals, as a married couple, and as parents. Let me tell you though – when Christmas came, we needed the break! And it was quite the break. We were able to get back to Buford Church of God, City Light Church of God, and our wonderful home church in Adairsville while we were home. We also have so many family members and friends faithfully supporting us. Thank you so, so much for your support. I know I’m wearing the words out, but I can’t say them enough.
We had such a sweet, memorable, and hilariously fun time home with our families. Honestly. These people I get to call family! I love you all SO much. I can’t describe how much I miss each one of you, too. I show baby Kenneth pictures of his Grandmama, Mamaw, Papaw, aunts, uncles, and cousins almost every day, so don’t worry! He won’t forget you. And FaceTime is a life saver on the days I feel all nostalgic, teary, and find myself listening to sappy country songs about the South. Ah, the South. Anyway…
So, I’m pregnant again!! What…??? Haha. Big surprise to Kenneth and I, but we are really happy about it! I feel as though sometimes God just chuckles at our life plans. After finding out, we chuckled as well. I mean, I wanted to wait 3 years, people. What else can you do but laugh? Kenneth and I are constantly on our toes in this life. I really try not to take for granted how incredible it is to live here. The opportunities we are presented with are tremendous. I have to stop and catch my breath sometimes, and soak it all in!
Enjoy some pictures of our adventures from the past few months, with more to come on daily adventures soon!