I began writing this post as a look back on 2018... back when it was still 2018! Wow, how quickly time is flying by as we are well into April and Adaline's first birthday is fast approaching.
2018 was an incredible and full year. We began the year with the anticipation of our new baby's arrival and in April we welcomed our sweet Adaline. She has been such a joyful addition to our family. She has quite the personality and tries to boss her sister and the dog around. It is amazing to see Becca as a big sister and how much she loves Addie! Becca has changed so much in this past year. She has literally gone from being a baby to being a big girl... she is so full of life and energy and keeps me on my toes all day every day! She is funny and quick witted, and so very sweet.
Trust. That's been a theme this year. So many times I don't trust in God's plan and wonder how or when or why. As the year came to a close I truly stood amazed at how he has been there for us at just the right time. He provided what we needed just when we needed it. He strengthens us for what we need to do right when we need to do it.
There was a time in this year when I felt completely overwhelmed at life. For while we had two under 2, and it was just a lot. We got a new puppy to add to the craziness. When those times come, just hang on. It will get better! And sometimes those are times for personal growth. There's always something that could be better, or could be improved upon.
2018 was a year of growing and changing... and moving. In May we began pursuing the possibility of buying Mitchell's great grandmothers farmhouse. We moved in at the beginning of July and finally closed on it as our first home on October 5th. It was absolutely amazing to look back and see God's hand in all of it. We had first considered the possibility of buying it two years ago. And when we thought that door was closed, we moved on. It was just that God wanted us to wait for the right time. He is good, and we are so grateful. We are grateful for his hand in it all, his timing, and for the realization that we needed to wait on him.
This house is full of potential projects, and sometimes I get overwhelmed at it all, or I just want it done now!
But... we are going to tackle one thing at a time as we can, and it will all come together eventually. Our big goal down the road is to lift the house and put a full foundation/basement in, as it is currently a stone foundation. We'd like to tear off the existing attached shed and add a garage/mudroom/woodshed. That's the goal! We are trying to be good about saving so that we'll have the means to do so in the future.