The Simple Things:
-Loving that my husband works at Starbucks for the time being. He has really come to a place where he is seeing it as a blessing and a joy, even on the really difficult days. I also love the treats he is able to bring home for us to enjoy with his employee discount, like the hazelnut syrup that I put in my coffee every morning, and this awesome passion tea that we are constantly brewing here for pitchers of fruity iced tea.
-The glorious inventions that come with modern technology-- cell phones, email, facebook, texting, and Skype. I'm so, so thankful that even though I'm miles away from my family and closest friends, I can keep in touch and let friends know I'm thinking about them, and even see people's faces in real time (and introduce them to Emmett!) via Skype. During this time of adjusting to living in the country in Virginia, I've really needed these ways of feeling connected to the people who are most important in my life!
-Getting to cook and bake more, now that I'm getting into more of a routine with Emmett and have the time and energy. Recently I made some awesome homemade pizza for the family, and this sweet apple crumb cake from an Irish Pubfare recipe book. My friends Natalie and Rachel have encouraged me to check out Jamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution' cookbook, so I'll probably be trying a few new recipes this week as well.
-Having the chance to hang out with our friends Cedric and Caroline, who are expecting a sweet little girl any day now! It was so neat to be on the other side of pregnancy and to share some little nuggets of wisdom for the first time with a friend who is waiting to meet her bundle of joy. I still am adjusting to the fact that we're parents, but it's fun to get to talk to other friends who are in a very similar place to us, and to know that Emmett will have a little friend for play dates so soon!
-Some seriously awesome Good Will finds and an impromptu little date with my hubby. We headed to Good Will this week after I had a doctor's appointment (Emmett was at home with Charlotte), and we took advantage of the fact that we were out without a fussy baby. We combed the racks and found some gems, and enjoyed running through the summer rain back to our car. It kind of gave me that giddy excitement again of when we were first dating :)
|Emmett won't be able to wear those sweaters for a while, but he loves the Peter and the Wolf record!|
-Emmett's continuation of learning to make new faces and smiling more and more...
|Before class on Saturday morning :)|
But this week, my in-laws went out of town to Williamsburg for a few days, and it was the best thing that we didn't know we needed. Emmett's reflux and colic literally turned a corner the day they left for their trip, and he is a DIFFERENT baby than he had been for the previous 7 weeks. His new medicine has kicked in, and he is sleeping for several hours at a time at night time, is SO much happier and calmer, and the fussiest he gets is when he is hungry or working on a good diaper ;) I spent those couple of days feeling awesome about what I can do-- Emmett and I totally bonded even more, and I loved that his big blue eyes followed me whenever I walked around the room, and that he cried for me when I walked out of his line of vision. He was so cuddly and sweet, and I even got to do a ton of housework, take a trip to the grocery store and Walmart (my first without anyone with me), make dinner, and had the energy to care for him without help. This may not seem like a huge deal to anyone else, but it finally showed me that I can do this, and that Emmett knows me, and that he needs me right now in ways that I was not giving myself credit. A few articles that have spoken to my heart and the truth of where I am right now, from both mama's I know, and mama's I don't know (Lil, you know me so well- thank you for sending this my way), have definitely helped me this week too.
3) Finally, we have turned a corner with Neil's job search!!! This past week has been an answer to prayer. After several months of not finding much/not hearing much back, there were a few great opportunities that opened up and sent some affirmation our way that God is looking out for us. The most exciting breakthrough is also a prayer request that I'm sending to everyone who reads this in the next day or so. He signed up with a temp agency several months ago, but we've been pretty disappointed that they haven't called with any prospects despite his attempts to continue following up with them and showing his continued interest. However, out of nowhere on Friday they called him to schedule an interview for a fulltime bookkeeping position at the Taubman art museum in downtown Roanoke. Apparently, they told him that the CFO hand-selected his resume because he had bookkeeping experience for an arts non-profit (back in Massachusetts), so we are definitely encouraged by this work-to-hire opportunity and we're praying that this could be it! It perfectly combines his background and passions, and we're really hopeful about this prospect. If you think of it, be praying for him Monday morning around 10. We'll keep you all posted!
Update at 11:34 a.m. NEIL GOT THE JOB!!!! Thank you all so so so much for your many prayers this morning, and over the past several months. We couldn't be happier :)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost