Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June...Oh, how I've longed for you!

June, if I can just make it to June. I said this a lot over the last several months with a few other things that I won't mention. These last 6-months may go down in history as the days in life that kicked my trash around the block and back. Having 3 kids at home by myself for 6-months was not my ideal situation. I have learned a thing or two about myself and it has not all been good. All, I can say is that I am thankful for God's grace and that his mercies are new every morning. There have been many a night that all I could say was "We will start over tomorrow." :)

I have learned that being loved by my 3-little's is one of the most rewarding things life has offered me.

I have learned that adoption can be extremely hard work but so rewarding and beautiful.

I have witnessed first hand that their is NO difference between the intensity with which a parent loves an adopted child and a home-grown child.

I have learned that a brief time away is vitally essential to my state of being more now then ever before.

I have learned that my house will still hold up whether it is clean or dirty. ( I must of had a good builder ;)

I have learned how much I really love to be at home and not running my children everywhere for everything.

I have learned that an extra NF/SF Mocha can solve many a problem. A few nice trips to the beach can do the same thing.

I have learned that their continues to be a strong desire for more schooling...so guess what? I start in the fall and couldn't be more excited.

I have learned I need my husband. I don't just love him, or want him around, or enjoy his company (though all those things are true)...I NEED HIM! I need his support, his help with kids, his input, his humor, his presence and participation in our lives. The last 6-months Eric has worked out of town M-F and it has been hard. Yes, we were very thankful for the work but that still did not make the day to day any easier. We have been blessed with such great friends and family who helped out. Thank you for saving the little bit of sanity I had left.

and now its JUNE!!!! This means that Eric will be coming home in about 3-weeks. We are so excited to have him home.

AND, this brings me to the next phase of this journey called life. It has been a dream of Eric's for quite sometime to own his own business. It has never felt like a good time but we feel confident that the time is now. You are probably thinking that we are crazy to take this step of faith in this economy, we really feel at peace and hopeful about this decision. We are excited to see how God can use us and want to be open to his plan. He continues to refine us everyday and we have lots of questions but are trusting that God has something in store for us.

This change comes with a ton of emotion (insert crying) as Eric is leaving a company that he has loved as his own for 10 years. We are forever grateful to Shannon and Gina for allowing Eric this opportunity and most importantly for the friendship that has developed over the years. We love you both so much!

Please remember us in your prayers. We have no doubt this change will come with stress and anxiety until Eric is established. We are up for the challenge!

We are continually reminded that we live a beautiful life. We are blessed. We are loved and oh so happy to have a few lazy summer days as a family of 5 coming soon.


Julie & Patrick said...

How exciting! So many new things coming your way will surely keep things fresh and lively!! Love the new picture at the top, by the way.

I agree with all of the things you have learned and as I struggle raising one child (with one on the way) I marvel at how you have handled three, mostly doing it solo!

Bravo!! and all the best!

Fantastic Family of 5 said...

The beach sounds great to me. Love that picture of the three kiddos,it says for sure that it's a "Beautiful Life". Hope the new job thing goes well. I am so ready for summer too. Gonna try and keep Maiya on her schedule though.:) Have a blessed summer. I know what you mean by being home with three children. Don't you love not having to run up and down the road all time,that will wear you out in itself? Congrats to you for taking the toughest job ever with raising three children. Thankful for God's mercy every morning also!!:) Gidget

Becky said...

Love your new layout and pic! It's fun to see and read what you guys are up to. Your life is SO similar to mine it looks like with adoption struggles, life changes, and staying so busy... I know it's super hard to find time, but I'd still love to hang out sometime with you and your sweet kids if you're ever looking for anything to do. :)

The Pfeiffer Family said...

Oh, Cheryl, I am so happy to hear that Eric's time away is coming to an end :-) I know it has been a tough road these last 6 months. God is so faithful to give us what we need to get through each day. It is great to read about the wonderful blessings and the things God has shown you through your time of stuggles.

With you starting school and Eric's new business it sounds like you will keep life exciting! I wish you all the best in your new endeavors.

Enjoy your summer as a family of 5!

April :-)

P.S. Welcome back to the blogging world.

Robby and Lynsey said...

I just love you. Your family's devotion to the calling of God is comforting. Your ability to make it through these last 6 months with the grace you have shown is inspiring. You are a blessing and I pray that God continues to give you everything you need.