So I started August promising to post more about our family and our adventures and then utterly failed! A huge part of that was because, as I shared here, Baby #4 is on the way and morning sickness totally took over. Having three kids and feeling like you're going to die from misery definitely takes a toll on a person! :)
I've officially entered the 2nd trimester. Today is day two of this "honeymoon" stage and while I'm still suffering from morning sickness, I am starting to feel like the haze I was in is lifting...thank God! I'm not sure how much more of that I could have handled! :)
Besides all that, we've also continued to try to get settled in our home and adjust to life in NYC again. While the first month made me think the kids were adjusting really well, once August hit, we quickly realized that the transition wasn't as smooth as we'd hoped. Nicholas really started verbalizing how much he didn't want to live in this place and much he didn't like it. He missed his old home (the only one he's ever known) and would have angry outbursts several times per week. If you've ever met my Nico, this is not like him. He's pretty easy going, has a huge warm heart and we quickly realized that something was definitely bothering him.
Add to that, Sophia was definitely starting to show some behavioral issues outside the normal 6 yr old things. She was increasingly defiant and angry as well. One morning as I was praying and thinking about everything I realized that "duh" we moved in to NYC with the specific purpose of helping bring God's kingdom to Washington Heights....of course the enemy would try to make our transition as difficult as possible! We were now on his turf with a purpose to join God in the renewal of all things and he was clearly not happy!
We really felt like we needed to seek out the prayer for our church community and pray over our kids and this difficult transition. I'm so thrilled to share with you that yesterday, Nico woke up super happy, came out to where I was praying on the couch, and shared matter-of-factly: "I like this place" I asked him what made him change his mind and he said just as frankly, "Jesus, Jesus changed my mind!" Relief and joy washed over me as the tears poured and I hugged him and shared my excitement with him! I'm so thankful we serve a God that cares so much for the big and little things in our lives!
So while I've been a bit more silent here, things have definitely been busy here and I appreciate and thank you for your patience as we figured some of this out and I was more silent.
And, now, because I think my kids are so cute :) I thought I'd share some pictures of what we've been up to. If you follow me on instagram you've probably seen some of these, and hey, if you don't follow, I'd love to have you! I follow back! :)
Hope you're doing well...and if there's anything going on in your life that needs prayer, please feel free to comment or drop me a line. I'd be happy to pray with you!