Friday, November 28, 2014

From Blachly to Burundi and back...

Tomorrow I will do a photo dump on here and catch you up via snap shots on life as of late, but for now I'll catch you up on our most exciting news...

We're in the (beginning of the very long) process of adopting! We've begun our international adoption journey to Burundi and we are beyond excited. The process is 2+ years so we've got a lot ahead of us, but we're prayerfully taking steps forward in faith and we're just so impressed with our amazing God and His faithfulness to us and how He is leading us one step in faith at a time through this already.

I'm the terrified type of excited about it all, which I think is a good place to be. My heart is full as we press in on the desires God has placed in us a long time ago, but there's something fresh and scary about actually jumping in with both feet and telling people you are!

Prayers for our family (and for our sweet child, that God already knows by name) as we forge through uncharted territory are greatly appreciated - thanks, friends.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

go ahead - laugh

You might think I'd be embarrassed that when I realized something we needed to do was scheduled for 4:30pm PST I asked my husband, "So what time is that for us?" and he just gave me a blank stare and said, "4:30pm."

But since I have no shame left, I share it on my blog with all of you...obviously.

It's okay to laugh. My husband did.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

christ centered craziness

This week is a busy one and there's no end in sight but I'm amazed at how much being centered in my identity makes me feel ready to tackle it all. 

I know who I am.

I do not find my identity in my circumstances. It's not found in how I feel about my body. Not in my accomplishments (or lack thereof). It's not found in how well behaved (or not) my children may or may not be acting. It's not in how clean (or dirty) my house is. Not in the car I drive. Not in how much money we make (or don't make). It's not in what we do (good or bad).

I am a daughter of the most high King. I have been made a new creation.

My identity is found in those things alone and nothing in or of this world can change that. Yes, circumstances certainly suck sometimes. Hard things still happen. Life presents tough situations but knowing who and what I am deep down is, in the end, what it's all about.

I'm living my life in dependance on God. I can trust Him. I can make decisions based on faith and not on fear because I know He's got my back. He never changes.

Like I said, this week is crazy. I very well may not get any sleep at all that might be a little exaggeration but I'm resting in Him - and I can - because I know that all this stuff going on around me doesn't change anything about who I am because He already has.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

hump-day ho-hum

I just poured a cup of coffee that I've been waiting hours to enjoy, only to find out that I'm out of my favorite sweetener to put in it. While searching through my purse for a single-serving pack of sweetener (that I never located), I found a dirty diaper that I'd meant to throw away yesterday (or the day before - ahem). Gross. Anyway, then I thought I'd hit the jackpot by finding a candy bar at the bottom of my bag (that I could stir into my coffee!) but turns out it was just a stray tampon lost in the abyss.

These first world, I tell ya.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Saturday was such a gorgeous day! We picked apples and pressed cider at my Mom and Dad's (my sister and her boyfriend were there too) and afterwards watched a football game on TV and had a delicious dinner of pork roast, salad, potatoes and cooked carrots (pretty much my favorite meal of all time).

It was an amazing day.

Have I mentioned how much I love October? ;)

Oh, and also this happened. I will no longer complain about how much my husband paid for our camera.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


God made October just for me. I know it.

For some reason it feels like I can see more clearly, think more clearly, in October. Everything is crisp, clear, a little brighter. The colors are vivid, the temperatures are in my opinion perfection, our runs are just a bit longer, our breath is out there - seen.

Today it rained. We ran. We got soaked and cold and hot all at the same time. After showers, we drank coffee and went to our fellowship group. My body was tired and my heart was full. My feet hurt but my soul was resting.

I notice the little stuff more in this season. I notice Fischer laying on the floor concentrating on something so little but so big to him. I note the excitement in Carter's face over making a mud hut for a history project. Natalie's grin at the anticipation of her first middle school dance which I don't want to talk about.... Jack's sweet words that can't quite get out fast enough when he's thrilled about meeting a goal. My husband's eagerness to take us in the mountains on drives where we have the both the best views of the valley and the best conversations.

Oh sweet Lord, thank you for loving me so much that you made me October.

Monday, October 6, 2014

it moves me

"The road to courage is lit by God's wisdom. His word in the Bible and through the Holy Spirit to you and through others is how you know."     --Annie Downs ("Let's All Be Brave)

 I just love this.