Merry Christmas to all! May you know the peace of God through Jesus!
Not sure how much I remember about October at the time of writing this post. Things are quite a blur as I have been teaching full time. It’s a lot of work to prepare new doctoral level lectures every day. I sure am learning a lot about teaching and have a long way to go.
October was our first full month at our new house. Everyone is getting settled. Emma and Nathan are happy with the space and love running around the first floor of the house. Nathan’s vocabulary is growing a lot and he’s saying two word sentences. He is most happy about trucks, buses, balls, and pushing his batmobile around the house. Also he loves running and trying to keep up with Emma.
Emma’s is growing too and she can read many sight words and about 7 short books. She is working very hard at school and learning a lot. Emma had a Halloween program at school where the kids sang about 10 songs. Seemed like way too many spooky songs for her and she is now afraid if the dark. Some of the songs were very cute though.
Nami and Poppy visited for a day which was fun. We hadn’t seen them in a long time. It was good to catch up!
Nathan and I took a trip to Galveston so that I could present a poster with my coworker Jeannie at the physical therapy conference. It was so good to be there, walk on the beach, and see our friends. Sure do love and miss Galveston.
However, I am so grateful for our new home in PA and all the at God is doing. Our family is excited to see what God has in store in the future. Tim is currently excelling at taking a tax preparation course in is hoping to start some part time work during tax season. He is a genius with numbers! (I don’t know how anyone can learn that stuff. 🙂 He has two huge books). We are grateful to reconnect with many friends, family, and partners in ministry. Hoping to catch up with others soon. Times are so busy right now! I am also working a few weekend days a month as a PT just to keep up my clinical skills and continue to work with clients.
One thing we love about Emma is her joy, her laugh, her silliness, her smile. She is a lot of fun.
Emma is very creative and tells great stories. When she is explaining something she gets very serious and talks with her hands.
Emma takes after mommy and is a bit bossy, always telling others what to do and not to do. She has a very clear sense of right of wrong.
Emma is still a great hugger!
Emma is a great big sister. She plays really well with her brother and is teaching him a lot about love.
Emma- you are a precious gift from God to our family. We love you so much! May you continue to grow in beauty, joy, and love.
Wrote this at the end of August- having some issues with finding time to put photos up and format them!
August was an enjoyable month of playing outside, adjusting to the “cold” summer weather in Northeastern PA, and preparing for the semester to start. Tim finished up things in Galveston and drove a uhaul back to PA with the rest of our stuff. Now we are playing the waiting game until we can close on our house in September. God willing, everything will come together soon. This transition is tough as we try to create new routines that will only be disrupted by moving once again in a few weeks. Even so, we are grateful for how far God has brought us and are trying to keep perspective to see what God is doing amidst all the details. Classes started for me the last week of August, and all is going well adjusting to academia.
Emma turned 4- separate post to come
Nathan learned a ton of new words
We visited with a few family and friends in Plymouth Meeting area. It was good to see Mimi and Nana, Ed, Kristin, Audrey, and Ellie. For those of you we haven’t seen, it’s going to take us a while to get settled first. We’ll catch up soon and are excited to be living closer to you than Texas!
We went to my grandmother’s family reunion and saw our family from Texas too.
We also had some fun times at the barn with the horses!
September was full of amazing things.
Started at the end of August teaching at the university.
Closed on a house in PA. We were grateful to move in. The highlight- individual rooms! Another highlight is the bush outback that Emma likes to climb.
Nathan’s favorite words are: “airplane!” which he shouts quite frequently because we are in a flight path to the local airport. “ball”. He is starting to repeat two word phrases such as “I do”.
Emma started going to school at a Montessori program. She is learning a lot at her own pace and seems to enjoy the work, especially reading and counting. She has gotten a few best student awards- which mean she gets all her work done for the day. Her drawings are also getting easier to identify.
Nathan and Emma also went to their new doctor’s office and got some vaccines. These made us so sad we had to get bright blue frozen yogurt to make things better again.
We also took a brief trip to the Bloomsburg Fair, a week or so long fair that I used to go to when I was younger. The kids loved the farm animals, but I’m not sure the fair food was too good for anyone. My favorite thing is always the orange drink. There were also amazing sticky buns this year.
We found a chuckie cheese place which the kids love to play at. Good times!
July was even busier than June. At the end of June, the University of Scranton offered me a faculty specialist position in their physical therapy department. In just a month, we pulled everything together and moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania. I will start teaching at the University of Scranton at the end of August full time. I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with some wonderful students and faculty. I’m also excited about having more flexibility to be with my children and being near family and friends. The U is an amazing place with great vision and service oriented learning. I did my undergrad and graduate work there, and I’m blessed to be back there teaching. Temporarily we will be staying with my parents while we’re looking for a house etc. It has been quite a busy month with packing and getting ready to sell our house in Galveston. We’re excited about the future and are praying for God to lead and guide us, preparing the way for us and opening up opportunities for ministry.
It is tough to leave Galveston. So much has happened there, and God has taught us a lot about his goodness over the past five years. We have seen and experienced a lot of growth through difficult situations. We have learned so much more about being a part of the larger church community and have a wonderful group of extended family. It is sad to leave and I pray that we will find new community to share our lives with. We are so grateful to all of our friends and family who helped us pack, finish projects, watch kids, and move. What a blessing you all are to us. We will miss you too!
It is good to be starting a new phase of our lives. Good to leave sickness behind us. We don’t know what the future holds but we are hanging on tight to God. We have found him to be good even when times are incredibly tough. It is a daily struggle to trust, but we’re very grateful God is with us. We are so grateful for the many gifts he has given us, both in Galveston, and now on this new adventure. Looking forward to whatever God has in store!
-Emma’s fourth birthday party- even though her birthday is in August, we decided to have a party with all her friends in Galveston before we left for PA. We had a rainbow themed party and had fun layering the cupcakes.
-After packing up our house, we stayed with the kids’ Galveston grandparents Molly and Clint for the last week in Galveston. Thanks so much for opening your home to us and for blessing our lives by loving our children. We have had wonderful loving help with our children while living in Galveston. We are going to miss Gammie, Robert, and Lucy too! Thanks for all the date nights.
-My cousin Cassie and Pat got married in PA. Tim and I did the service together which was fun.
-After the wedding weekend, Tim went back to Galveston to drive a uhaul and the rest of our stuff to PA. So grateful for all his hard work. Meanwhile, I have been taking care of all the other fun details of relocating. Looking forward to moving into a house in September hopefully!
-Lots of other PA pics and adventures coming soon! I’m very grateful to my family for all of their help watching the children while Tim and I finish moving! Feeling very very very blessed, grateful for cool weather, and excited for settling down again soon!
Emma had her first full month off of school. She enjoyed staying home and playing with her Daddy and Nathan. Daddy bought the Candyland game, which is Emma’s new favorite.
Seems like everyone’s favorite past time was chasing bouncy balls around the house.
The kids also loved playing in the pool on our back porch. They play with squishy balls, the slide, and watering cans. Both love water and Nathan likes to try and drink it.
We planted a few flowers and Emma is good at helping water them
Nathan enjoys books a lot more and points to find out what things are
Nathan spins in a circle to music. He can make 2 rotations before getting dizzy.
Emma and Nathan enjoy ice cream and popsicles to take off the summer heat!