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The truth is I’m not sure how it’ll be with two babies instead of just one.
I have no doubt that the love grows beyond what I can imagine. I know so will the weariness.
I sometimes think I can’t be stretched any more than I am but somehow I have to keep going. He needs me, & soon she’ll need me too.
It’s a continual laying down of what I thought was important. The shower can wait. The cup of coffee in quiet can wait. The diaper changes can’t wait. The hugs and comforting cannot wait.
And then the closeness, the touch of soft skin, the brush of eyelashes, take over & become The Most Important Things. They bring me another kind of joy I didn’t know existed when it was just me.

So maybe when the tribe grows, the love grows, & somehow the strength will come in these small moments.

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.
- Matthew 10:14
....I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
- Matthew 18:10
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PART 2

Four years after that move alone to Northern Virginia, I’m married to a man after God’s heart, and we have a son, and soon a little girl. I did good chunk of school, immersed myself in coffee culture, then started my own design business so I’d be able to work from home with my babies. Even on days when I don’t feel like there’s movement, or that I’m going backwards, God is working so very deeply in my heart.
While before, I was praying hard where was God’s will for me to go, I’m now praying hard to be shown where He wants me to be planted.

And the answer is still as simple as what my pastor told me. By seeking after what He wants me to do, which He’s already outlined in His word… I’m in the life He’s called me to. I’m not outside of His plan, even if I’m not in the chapter I would like to skip to yet.

Being married, and being two people as one in relationship with the Lord, has caused my patience to be grown and stretched. No longer can I just go/do/decide alone. And with little ones, our decisions together have repercussions on our whole family’s future.

But we are definitely being stirred in our hearts. Here where we’re planted, and in many other places, there are people that need what we are called to do.

I think that uncertainty isn’t meant to cause anxiety, even though that’s what it used to do for me. I was so worried about making the wrong choice, going in the wrong direction. —
But with Andrew’s and my life being poured out in ministry, we need to be continually seeking the Lord in the middle of these decisions. Even when His answer is, “stay” or “not yet” or even “yes, it’s time”, and He’s beginning to reveal the next chapter in our story,
His word, and His will, is clear. Seeking His face, being after His heart, is the right direction.

Please read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18... “Rejoice always,
pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

PART 1

My dilemma post-high school: discerning the will of God for my life. Wondering, in a wealth of great options, & in God’s point of view, if there was a “wrong” decision.

I knew I wasn’t going the traditional four-year-college route. I loved music, writing, creating artwork, culinary studies, & hospitality, but was constantly pushed to try to think of a “real” career. Something that wouldn’t leave me a “starving artist” or homeless.

After some time as a nanny, in a missionary community immersed in pursuit of the Lord, I came back to my hometown with decisions to make.
While I was away, I’d been asked for the very first time, “Well, what do you think God’s calling you to do?” I had no idea how to answer that. I had no idea that was an option to pursue.
Once back home, I asked my pastor what I should do. I had colleges on all sides of the country, in other countries, as my option. But I was paralyzed by wanting to know what the smart decision was… and how to figure out what God had for me.

He told me, “If you are reading and obeying the Word, and pursuing the Lord in everything you do, you’re going to be living life the way He’s commanded you to. You’ll already be doing what God has for you.”
I kept asking, “But what about choosing life paths? What jobs would be in His will?”
He smiled. “That’s kind of the beauty of honoring the Lord and pursuing the kind of life He’s called you to lead. If you are not actively choosing to sin against Him, it’s going to be very hard for you to be out of His will just by choosing one job over another. There is freedom to do what you love.”

And as far as a job that suited me, he recommended talking to the career counselor at my community college. She listened to my passions and skills, and pointed out a great degree program, a sort of specific area of graphic design, called Communications Design, offered at NOVA community college in Loudoun County. Oddly enough, my sister had been wanting me to move up there and even had a job and housing lined up. I prayed hard, but I suddenly had such immense peace about the decisions to make. It felt like God had just dropped a present in my lap and said, “This is just for you.”

Loved going to sleep to the thunderstorm last night.

For the past couple months, Asher had this thing where he’d get a huge burst of energy at bedtime and wouldn’t stay in bed, but would think we were in his room for play time. We’d sit by his bed and put him back in every time he got out. Bedtimes took hours before he finally fell asleep.
So last night, we tried something different. After our usual bedtime routine with him, we said goodnight to a verrrry cranky Ash, and after a lot of sleepy tears, the boy put himself to bed like a big kid. In less than 20 minutes, he was asleep.

He definitely came and joined us though sometime throughout the night when I was half asleep, so that’s the next hurdle 😆
But he woke up in a great mood and has already chowed down a bowl of breakfast.
I guess he’s doing a lot better than last week, when he was still getting over being sick, had no appetite and was tired but wouldn’t nap.

It feels like (no matter how much you try to lay down a “normal routine”) life with a child changes from day to day. Once you get into a groove, within a few days there’s a new growth spurt, tendency, or thing they are learning that sort of throws the groove off.

I would say if you like doing your thing, love routine, and value your time and sleep, having a child will be a H U G E adjustment.
It makes a completely new person out of you, too.
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I’m counting my blessings that Asher is not a morning person. He’s not up before dawn wanting to play. Usually he even sleeps through Andrew leaving for work.
This kiddo will sleep in as long as I am there next to him, so that does work out if I’m feeling pregnancy fatigue and need to sleep in.
But the one downside is he wants to stay up as long as Andrew and I do 😐
He is just like us, night owl tendencies and all 🦉
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Is it too late for #fridayintroductions ?
Haha I’m Rachael and it’s about time I showed my face around here.

5 random facts about me.
• It’s not even the weekend yet and I’ve eaten too many carbs 😆 I can’t afford to with the weather turning hot + pregnancy! Swelling, go away— also carbs you can leave too. I still love you.
• I’ve never been stung by a bee or broken a bone, but I have hurt my tailbone twice and gotten whiplash twice. What the heck spine.
• Still haven’t decided whether I’m an introverted extrovert or extroverted introvert. Please help.
• I’ve been blessed with brachydactyly type D, which makes texting kinda hardddd....
• Not a lot of people know, but I’ve wanted to be a singer since I was a toddler. I always just sang (mostly musicals) in the shower or kitchen, but never did chorus until I was about 16-17. Didn’t do worship team except for when I was 20 but it’s still a spark in me. Is it too late to make that dream come true?

🤙🏽 Introduce yourself in the comments!! Have we met in real life or are we just friends on the gram? .
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I’m still exploring the phrase “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Turning it over in my heart.
Earlier this week it was revealed to me that as we love others how Jesus loves— deeply, sacrificially, selflessly — that we aren’t emptied. He fills us up even more richly with His love.

I want to give and give with an open hand, not with fingers clutched to my chest in a frightened “what about me?”

I want to look up to Him expectantly, like a child come running after a long day’s play, gazing up to His face and trusting her Father.

He sees me, He knows my needs.

“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”

They don’t even express their worry with words. Do they worry? They seem so carefree to me.
He sees when they soar up to Him, wings glimmering. He sees when they fall.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:26, 6:31-34

#ifwewerehavingcoffee today, I’d tell you a little bit about that passage in Matthew and why it’s my life verse. I’d show you a sketch of the tattoos I’m planning for my entire right arm, illustrating that verse. And I’d ask you yours, friend.
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After hobbling around for a few months, I had my first ever massage yesterday over at Pathways to Wellness.
I’d been having back/hip/leg issues for a while as a result of posture, a few tailbone falls, whiplash times 2, and two pregnancies with all the loosening and soreness.
Guys, Nikki unraveled SO many knots and worked on muscle groups I had no idea were contributing to my pain.
I was able to get off the bed easily, without groaning, and walked out of there feeling amaaaazing.
Why did I wait so long to do that?????

Also! @kassaundraj Asher just LOVED you!
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Today the voices were coming at me strong. Trying to convince me I can’t do this — it’s over for me — to just stop trying.
Telling me there’s no way out and life’s not gonna get any better no matter how hard I try.
Convincing me I’m crippled in my situation and therefore to sit and surrender.
And — Imma be honest — it broke me down a little bit. I cried. I felt helpless, multiple times, multiple days.
But I had to lean in and listen hard to that Word tugging at my heart because it’s currently saving me from the voices I hear.

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it abundantly.” John 10:10b

Jesus didn’t come to make life bearable — in fact, our lives are promised to be more difficult because of our faith.
But He came down to actually give us TRUE LIFE. Cleansed from our past, our shortcomings. Clothed in Him and His Life.
Real life. Life with real meaning, not something passing and temporary.
And not just enough of Life. Life Abundantly. Running over, spilling down my chin, splashing everywhere because it’s so much, so good.

So get up, look up, stop fretting, and go take part in your wild abundant life.
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A sick little boy turned into Mama getting sick too. Praying Daddy doesn’t catch it. Got some peppermint EO, ginger tea and kombucha at the ready— but I think we’re gonna need some activated charcoal for this particular bug!
Friends, we love you, but you don’t want this 🐞
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I’m 19 weeks (almost halfway done!) and feeling SO sleepy still.
With Asher’s pregnancy, I was sleeping 14+ hours during the first trimester. I still had work and class, but I didn’t have toddler to chase around. I think this time the lack of sleep has stretched my tiredness well into the second trimester.
So I’m sleeping in as long as Asher does, because as soon as he wakes up, it’s go go go!
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