I can’t believe it’s already been almost SIX MONTHS since I did an real update here. The year is already flying! God has been so faithful in this season and we have a lot to be grateful for.
In the past few months we have…
…been a part of running Club Hope, Mentor Hope, Event Hope, Sponsor Hope, and Family Church at Hope for Kids! Ministry keeps us pretty busy, but it’s such a privilege to be working alongside each other through everything. My favorite program right now is our Event Hope program, which brings kids from all over the city into our building for a pancake breakfast and time learning about the Bible with our volunteers. We’ve gotten awesome feedback from the kids who get to come hang out and the volunteers that are investing in their little lives. Mostly, it’s just wonderful to know that no area of the city is being left behind as our ministry to the Indian Orchard area around our building continues to grow!
…continued to spend a few days a week working in our side jobs. Cam is faithfully working in his window washing contracting job through the freezing temperatures, and I’m watching three-year-old twins. I just recently became a member with Young Living, an essential oils company, and I’ve been learning more about using oils in our home and being a distributer. That’s been super fun so far and I can’t wait to see how God will use that in our little family.
…spent lots of time with family. Cameron’s brothers come sleep over at our house at least once a week. It’s so nice to be so close to both of our families, celebrate all the birthdays, and have strong relationships with our parents even though we’re married and moved out. I pray that I never take for granted the blessing of amazing, Godly parents!
…had our first married Thanksgiving! We spent the morning with my family and Cam was an absolute trooper through the Manchester Road Race. It was five sub-zero, windy miles but we made it! My friend Anna was in town and Emily came with us too. It was definitely memorable. Then we headed to the Curriers’ house for dinner and football. Such a good first Thanksgiving together.
…had our team from Impact Clubs over for ICT nights. I LOVE having friends filling our home, and it’s great to continue spending time with and building into the teens that worked with us this past summer. I’ve learned that people who work alongside you in things you are passionate about can become the deepest friends, even if you’re an old married lady and they’re still in high school. I have this random memory of all working together to make pizzas in our kitchen with music playing in the living room and it’s actually one of my happiest memories of 2018.
…traveled back to the White Mountains for our one-year anniversary on December 2! The cabin we stayed in was just as cute and cozy as ever and the area is so beautiful. It was such a nice way to close out our first year of marriage and I’m already dying to go back.
…helped out with the first Hope for Kids Christmas musical! We had about 15 kids work so hard to put on a Christmas show for their parents.
…spent Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas Day with Cam’s parents. This Christmas season was so nice–last year was an absolute whirlwind with an early December wedding and this year we were really able to slow down and start our own traditions. Christmas morning, we opened presents in PJs, made cinnamon roll waffles, and watched Charlie Brown Christmas together. I’m so excited to keep making little traditions that someday our kids will look forward to with us.
…celebrated my birthday. Still tripping over saying I’m twenty-one. Cameron made my birthday so special and my mom made me an amazing dinner the day after!
…had another getaway in February. We love taking a couple days once in awhile and heading off somewhere close-by and completely random and just hanging out, ordering pizza and watching tons of movies together, and we had a friend bless us with one of these little getaways!
…competed in my first race! I ran in a 5k fundraiser for the Springfield Rescue Mission this month. It was a super fun experience even though it was freezing and it hopefully prepared me a little more for the half marathon I want to run later this spring!
…continued to learn that when God has a plan, He will see it through to the end. Through so many different circumstances and things we have seen Him do in the past few months, God has shown Himself so faithful.