God has been doing some wonderful things in our lives that I never seem to mention on the blog because there are always so many cute pictures of Nancy to look at.
Our church, Restored, has been growing and doing amazing. We see new faces all the time and a lot of them stick around for the long haul. Our three life groups were getting too large, so we started another life group, which Jared and I lead. It has been challenging to be in a leadership position for the first time in my life, but it is really amazing. I am excited to walk my group through this time in their lives, as they (and Jared and I) continue growing closer to God. We are all focusing on discipleship- what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and how to actually live that out. Jesus said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me." So, that is what we are trying to do.
Another exciting thing in my life is that I joined the Restored praise team a few months ago. I have had a secret fear/dream of singing in front of people for as long as I can remember, and I am finally doing it. Its a bit nerve-racking, especially following Brandy, our Restored praise team superstar, but I love still love it.
There has been a change at home, too. We now have the boys full time. At first Jared and I were a bit worried about losing our Saturdays with just us and the baby, but it has turned out to be a blessing. We get to spend much more time with the boys, instead of just after school during homework and dinner. The boys adjusted well to the new schedule and their behavior is continuing to improve.
Things are crazy and busy and stressful at times, but my life is filled with so much joy, from husband, from my kids, from my church family, and especially from my God who saved me from a life and death without hope. It's much easier to deal with life's craziness and uncertainties, when I know one day this life will be over and our real life will begin, where there will be no tears and no sadness, no dysfunctional families, no bills, and no commuting to work an hour away, and all we will do is praise God all the time, like we were meant to do.
And of course, here's a picture of Nancy....