we’ve been waiting loads of ages to tell you, storing up the stories & the kinks, the myriad bumps in the road to lay it out clean & cut: WE. ARE. IN.
we held on to hope with loose, ragged fingers, trusting. waiting.
change & hope & all things progressing is like being pregnant. this is going to last for-freaking-ever, you think in your finite mind, as you roll over & feel the creak in your hips, spreading to make room. it is the same with this growing into ourselves, the selves we’re meant to be: we harbor the pains of wondering, & waiting, & planning the steps we can’t control.
oy vey. we’ve done all these things.
but now: it’s happening. & like magic, hindsight clears vision & we see what we hoped was coming all along: we are moving in to our small house in the woods the end of this week.
& we couldn’t be more thrilled.
thank you for waiting with us, for staying steadfast in prayer & hope & sincere concern.
we feel ever so loved.
as God would have it, this is not the only beginning of a very new story.
in the thick of the boxes & the decluttering, the filtering through the existence of the britz six, we discovered: soon we will be 7.
i don’t know if i can say this loud enough, or excited enough.
we had planned to be done, so pleased with our six-pack. we didn’t know we needed another until that ‘nother was on his (or her) way. ETA: aug 15. a new passenger joining our ship.
someone suggested, at the pronouncement of this news, perhaps the timing was bad.
i don’t know if a better meteor could’ve hit our small planet.
getting to carry another teeny folk, to be mama to 5 (did i tell you i’ve long dreamed of 5? a tucked-in-deep dream i thought was greedy. apparently, fortunately, God did not agree with me.) has been the most grounding thing. i feel unimportant things peeling off me like old paint. who cares how much c.r.a.p. we’re putting in boxes — WE’RE INVENTING A PERSON. the timing of God is pristine.
so not only will jill in the box take on a new curve of homesteading & smaller living, children tossed into the woods & left alone, but also we will mention from time to time the new human being landing in our laps.
& truthfully, we couldn’t be happier.
if you’re going to overhaul your way in the world, may as well do it in one fell swoop, yes?
GOSH, WE COULDN’T WAIT TO TELL YOU. (all the smileys.)