Family Matters

Monday, August 20, 2012

During the past few weeks my sister has taken up residence with us.  It's been a whirlwind of activity, as we have transformed our three bedroom-two bath home into a place where everyone can have some space to call their own.  The changes in some of our rooms throughout the house will have to be its own post.

When we moved to Texas ten years ago (has it really been that long?!) we loved the adventure of being on our own and making our way, just the two us.  Just a husband and wife finding their place in their careers and building a marriage.  Fast forward six years and we were blessed with our first son, Sawyer.  That's when a spark ignited about the great family we stay in Texas a long day or two day drive from our families or do we pack up and move back to the north.  

Sawyer was a few months shy of  two when our twinkies, Jack and Finn, were born.  That previous spark had now become a constant fire in our hearts.  We even began making more serious plans to move to MN.  Submitting resumes to school districts and praying for God's will. (Actually, most of the time we were really praying that our will would be done and that He would take us back to MN.) 

In the midst of this planning, an opportunity was presented to me professionally that I had always dreamed about happening; becoming a professor at a Concordia University.  It didn't take us long before we realized all our prayers had been answered, maybe just not in the way we had hoped.  I was offered a position in the College of Education and we knew the Lord had lead us to stay here in Texas.

We still dream of being close to family, one day; but, at this time we're continuing to enjoy the blessings the Lord is giving us in Texas.  One of those blessings has been the arrival of my sister or Aunt E, as the boys affectionately call her.

I don't think she'll ever fully know how wonderful it has been to have her here in the crazy circus that is our life each day with three young boys.  She has blessed all of us and I am praying that she's here with us for awhile or better yet that she finds the perfect architecture position here in Austin!  ;)  

As we enjoy the benefit of having family close, it does put a bit of fuel to the fire that had been waning of wanting to be closer to our families.  Seriously, take a look at this bunch of kids.  I can only imagine the fun the cousins would all have if they were attending the same Lutheran School together.  This is story making at its best! 

Until the Lord leads us to our families, whenever that may be, we are so thankful and blessed to have families that love us unconditionally and are always there for us.  There really is nothing better in this world.

1 John 4:7-8
New International Version (NIV)
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Summer is Ending

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The days have quickly passed into weeks and we have found ourselves at the end of another summer season.  We are anticipating the first day of school this week for the boys, the first day of school for my teaching next week, and the following week will bring the first day of school for Minor and my graduate classes.  

I always find myself wondering why the summer time passes so quickly, which ultimately leaves me feeling a bit depressed about its end.  I'm not really sure why, because we had an amazing summer (maybe our best one, yet!) and we're all looking forward to the routines and structures the school year brings when we finally get on the other side of all the back-to-school madness.  Nevertheless, I find myself feeling emotional about the start of another school year.  What will I feel like next year when I have to take The Boy to Kindergarten?!

And what post would be complete without some pictures of all the boys?  They loved our trip to the beach and our only regret is that we didn't stay longer.  Next summer!

Jack Andrew
Sawyer Nathaniel

Finn Michael