Thursday, January 20, 2011

{ goings on }

Life this month, has been super sweet albeit a little a lot on the crazy side for us. But if you look at our track record, that is nothing new.

  We are giddy over this sweet up and coming girl-baby of ours. Take your pick on what you'd like to call her for now anyway. She has multiple nick-names: Tulip ( started by the P's ) Paprika ( what her uncles call her) or Buttercup ( circa Auntie Roo ) and she is going to be here and will be needing a proper name before we know it...and we are beside ourselves with anticipation.  

  Oh and our house sold. Just like that. We are still sort of reeling over that one. The first couple to walk through, obviously fell for it and made an offer the next day. And I win " the bet " as I had been telling David for months..." I really wouldn't be surprised if the first people to look at it, buy it babe. " I have had many mixed feelings over all of it. At the time I promised David that it was okay with me to go ahead and list the house for sale, I was in a rather energetic stage in my pregnancy...that of course came to a screeching halt, just as soon as we'd signed the papers for the sale of our home sweet home and I have since then quickly transitioned into the highly emotionalwreck/nesting phase, also known as the third trimester. But as always, God has met us with all the grace we could possibly need, and His love has pulled us through...on my dark doubting days, on my how is it ever all going to work out we face the coming months of change. He has blessed us with such a beautiful community of family + friends who pray us through, who refrain from calling us insane ( to our faces anyway ) and who love us and take our children and offer to help in any way we might possibly need. And we are feeling humbled and overwhlemed once again by His daily goodness and blessings.   

  After looking at twenty some houses, and making an offer on one, that wasn't much as we hate the thought of moving twice, we've switched gears and decided to rent and were able to find a really sweet little house ( God bless Craigs List ), for a really sweet little deal on which we only had to sign a 4 month lease. That will take off a whole lot of pressure to buy on such a short time-table. We really didn't want to just settle for anything short of something we love for the next little place to call home, and this will get us settled in plenty of time before Tulip/Paprika/Buttercup/ arrives. Oh and here is an interesting sidenote, we close on our house exactly a year to the day we moved in, Feb. 28th. Isn't that wild?

  Upon the sale of said home sweet home a certain very generous/smoking hot husband of mine, has promised me a camera. And not just any camera but one that I can get serious with in pursuing some of my photography dreams...and a get-away to the ocean for a few days on top of that...And yes, for the record I am feeling utterly spoiled and a little guilty about these luxuries.

  I was really longing to go into this year with lots of time for reflection and well just with more intention + focus about so many things...heart + soul sort of things mainly. I really wanted to choose a word for the year. But I am still waiting for one to grab me...and I haven't even had time to think about making resolutions... But as we slip away this weekend, I am looking forward to quiet time, and reading a whole stack of books, and kite-flying...and playing and laughing and resting... for time to listen, to be with Jesus, for sweet time together, for time to just breathe a little. 

  Going to wrap up this way too long post with these two pictures from yesterday afternoon of Annabelle and Jack dressed up as bride and a groom...I couldn't get over how cute they were.   


kt mac said...

Chelle... this post. OH MY GOSH what a way to catch us up!!!

I can't believe you guys sold the house just like that (well actually I kinda can!) and that I have no idea what is going on in your world (hate that!)

But love that you are starting a few new chapters and love that Jack and Annabelle all dressed up!! especially the shoes!

sorry if this comment is a bit of a mess - you totally caught me off guard and I kinda feel a little sad as well as incredibly excited for you!

love you.
Happy third trimester - SO excited about that!

Wendi@Every Day Miracles said...

Wow. SO much going on.

I just about literally squealed in delight over the camera (!!) and little get away. Both amazing and precious gifts!!

And - I love all of the names for little baby girl. :)

Catherine said...

Great news, wonderful hubby, and darling could our Sweet Jesus bless you any more?!! I'm so happy for you'all, Chelle. said...

it sold! it sold! i can and can't believe it! what a whirlwind for you guys. so happy for you to move onto the next dream but i can't imagine how nostalgic it must be to leave that gorgeous place behind. God is so good and he has great things in store for you, i'm sure!

i am voting for tulip as a serious contender for a middle name. it's lovely.

am thinking and praying for you much this week. packing up is so tough! have a wonderful trip. you deserve a sweet break before (more) chaos ensues.

and the bride and groom are seriously the sweetest. love those two!

Leslie said...

love you.
and David.
and Jackers, and Anabelle..
and of course Tulip.

and we promise we never say the word crazy... "just brave"
and we do pray.

hard down on our faces sort of praying... we know our Jesus has the very best interest for your family... you all love him so fiercely.

and remind me to tell you the story of us playing password with the Cravens... it was probably the worlds best compliment anyone could ever get ... thats how awesome your family is.


Misha Leigh. said...

Crazy is different from listening obedience. But the hard part about the latter is it can feel like the former! I love the listening obedience your family lives by - it's beautiful and makes the rest of us brave (not crazy! : ) ) with you!

PS I also think time away with family is healthy, not luxury. : ) And so is pursuing the dreams God gave you... still holding on to the "care for you" sense for your year...

Prairie Rose said...

So happy for you guys!
I love how much happiness and joy is in your life and to see how God is taking such good care of you all:)
I am loving the nickname Tulip!!!
Anniebelle and Jackers are SO cute!!!
God's Blessing to you all during this sweet, sweet time in your life:)

Nikki said...

You have made your home so very sweet and homey...I can't deny that I cried a little bit when you told me it sold...but I am SO excited for all that this next chapter of your lives holds!! Have so much fun at Seabrook--I'm so wishing I could steal you for just a little bit, on the way to or from!

Praying for you all during this crazy-busy-nesting time. And I love Annabelle's and Jack's dress-up--especially the one of A. smooching J.!!

I vote for Buttercup. ;-)

Anna said...

Chelle, What a lot of blessings and a lot of work! You have been on my mind lots lately... you'll find a letter in your snail-mail box tomorrow. Annabelle and Jack couldn't be cuter! Dear Baby is my name for the Bruzas to come and I can't wait to hold her. The ocean! Yay for your hubby. :)

Rachel said...

How about "FLEXIBLE" being your new word for the year?! And not "crazy" -- 'entreprenurial' (sorry, I don't have a spell-checker, but you know what I mean!). Anyway, your precious little family is in God's care, and He will guide you, as He always has. He is faithful and true! Love you, each one. . .

Amanda said...

Of course the first people to walk through bought it... I was begging my husband to buy it just based on the pictures, even though it would have meant a cross-country move! Moving is always hard, so I hope this transition time goes really really well for you!

Fairlightday said...

Oh my! I'm with Katie about being caught off gaurd and sad to be so out of the loop of your life right now. But also, so so very super excited for you guys! Praise God for His Grace and favor with your house! How could anyone not totally fall in-love with it on first sight? I know I did. :)
Loves to each one of you! Praying and so happy for you. Once I'm back on my feat, I've got little sewing plans for baby tulip/buttercup/paprika. :)

Deborah said...

those pictures are to die for! It makes me miss the little dears all the more.