small steps backwards

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My faithful, loving, kind husband
My beautiful children, who are growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus
Friends who love us
More than enough of necessities and luxuries
Crocuses starting to flower
Affording the contractor to build the garage
Sunny mornings and exploring
Powerful wind and rain
Chicken curry
Yogurt pretzels
More sleep
Not being consumed

“…be filled with the Spirit…giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ….” Ephesians 5


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Poured Out

The vine from every living limb bleeds wine.
Is it poorer for that spirit shed?
The drunkard and the wanton drink thereof;
Are they the richer for that gift’s excess?
Measure thy life by loss instead of gain;
Not by the wine drunk, but the wine poured forth
For love’s strength standeth in love’s sacrifice,
And whoso suffers most hath most to give.

from Ugo Bassi

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Disappear. Reappear.

We’ve disappeared for a bit to give birth to a beautiful son, enjoy our family, and build in to our community.

In early September I gave birth to our second son, little Mac. He was a little slow to make an appearance, a full two weeks after his due date, but he was well worth the wait. Our boys are a continual source of joy, and we are so thankful for the privilege of parenting them. (Even if we have to say that a loud to remind ourselves sometimes. They are still children and we are still selfish.)

We’ve also been building relationships in our church community. Not always easy but we are thankful for the Lord’s grace in that process.

I look forward to sharing a little more often now, especially about our ongoing healing from depression and our adventures in the kitchen.

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Off to find some friends

We’re running low in the friends department but we know that we really need community. We know we also need to be loving and giving community to others so tonight we’re making some small steps forwards (and backwards – we used to have great community!) as we hang out with some brothers and sisters we don’t know well.

We’ve also tried to set up a few dinner dates in the next weeks with others, to try to build (ourselves) back into the body of Christ. As we were singing in church this morning I was thinking about how much the body is interdependent. I stopped myself for a moment as I recalled all the pain we’ve experienced from other parts of the body, but it was clear to me immediately that we still need that community despite how very painful it can be at times.