Life has been extremely good the last 6 months. God has blessed us in absolutely incredible mind-boggling ways. If someone would have told me that we would have an adorable son, own a house, and be doing what we love three years ago I would have thought they were INSANE. But as we've sought to be faithful to Jesus, God has been good to us. And when I say that, I don't mean that we haven't experienced our share of pain and difficulties. What I mean is that even in the face of pain and sorrow, God has been there for us. Even in times when things have been incredibly tight financially, God has provided through a variety of odd jobs and means. Even when Kelli's delivery went the exact opposite of how we desired it to go, we came home with a wonderful son.
February is going to be a difficult month. Kelli went back to work today. And of course Gram kept us both up all night long (more her than me). But other than waking at 4:30am to a wide-awake child, it was more difficult to see her get misty-eyed as she packed Gram's bag with his favorite toys and got ready to leave him for the day for the first time. It can't be an easy thing to do. And honestly, I keep coming back to the thought: "how do single mom's do it?" I'm amazed at their strength. We're very grateful that this will only be for a few weeks and then Kelli's mom will be in town to help out for three weeks.
After that we're hoping for some other arrangements that can keep Kelli at home with Gram more. With those arrangements we will once again be very strapped financially. It was a good few months while it lasted! Having two salaries is amazing! Wish it could have lasted a little longer than three months, but having Kelli at home with Gram is even more amazing. I would be willing to sacrifice anything for that to happen.
February will be a challenging month as we pass Gram around a little bit amongst our community, but it will make us more appreciative once March rolls around and Kelli will get to be with him during the day again. There are some real bright spots in February. My birthday for one. Turning the big 30 on Super Bowl Sunday! Plus I get to go to a church conference in Washington, D.C. to hear Dallas Willard all week. That will be awesome, but I can't imagine how hard it will be to leave Gram for an entire week! Ahh. Life is definitely not easy as new parents, but it is very, very good.