Sorry for the extended hiatus.
Despite our best-laid plans to only have to move once, it didn't work out that way. We're still waiting to break ground on our house (come on, building permit!). In the mean time, we knew the house wouldn't be finished before our buyers needed to move in, so we found a cozy little house in our current ward, affectionately referred to as our "summer cottage", and moved in over the weekend. We're all...adjusting.
Somewhere in there Nellie turned 1. She is in that busy stage, which is not very ideal for moving. She is sweet and getting more personality all the time. She still has no teeth, but she's developed quite a love for food and is bottomless. Her belly gets enormous when she's done eating. She crawls up on her feet a lot because the tops of her feet are so chapped from crawling. She waves and says a few words and has an extreme love affair with her blanket, or fuzzy, or as she says it, "duddy." It's adorable.
I turned 31. We were moving all day, so it wasn't the best birthday ever, but I had friends and family who made me feel special despite the less than desirable activities that day. My quilt project started 5 years ago was quilt-napped and finished by my amazingly talented sister-in-law. I am beyond excited about it! I can't wait for it to find a place of honor in our new home.
I'm hoping to return here soon. So many lessons I don't want to miss out on writing down.
In the mean time, my current realization is this. Sometimes I think that if things seem good there's an inevitable cruel twist of fate. I've blogged about it before- waiting for the other shoe to drop. But I've again been reminded that there are no back-handed blessings. Heavenly Father loves us and isn't passive-aggressive. He doesn't delight in irony or wait to zing us just when things are going along swimmingly. I need to be more trusting in His plan instead of looking for the dark cloud I'm sure is waiting on the horizon. Things are good, and I need to remember that there are good things to come. His plan is always better than anything I could dream up for myself.
Hope you're enjoying summer!