Life has been busy around here the past couple of weeks. I finally have a moment to catch up.
Two weeks ago we went to our first South Bend Cubs baseball game. This is the second year that my office (Memorial/Beacon) has offered reduced price tickets to employees on a special night. We also get free bracelets for the bounce house which is the best part of the night for the boys. Sam was just big enough to do most of the houses whereas last year he couldn't even really do one. This is Sam's favorite, the obstacle course. He did a pretty good job climbing and crawling!
This is a picture of the fun zone from our seats on the other side of the stadium. As you can see, everything has changed from Silverhawks to the Cubs.
Here we are watching maybe 10 minutes of the game.
The next day was the Sunburst in South Bend. This is a yearly race composed of a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon. Dave decided to run the half marathon this year. He did pretty well. I would have taken pictures but I was at home with the boys with the stomach flu so we didn't get to see him. Ben thought Dave's medal was pretty cool.
Last weekend was basically a mini cuz fest for the Stephens family. Sue brought up her children, Jim brought Joshua, and the 4/5 of us went to Grandma and Pop Pops for Saturday. We haven't seen the KY cousins since last year and we finally were able to meet Ms Caroline.
Here are the 4 grandsons.
Of course there were tractor rides. Here's the "whole" crew.
Ms Caroline snuggling with her mom. She is just too cute!
Every time Katie barked (which is a lot when she wants someone to throw something), Caroline would jump and then giggle. It was so sweet.
Sam and Ellie still seem to be very good friends. They would often play together.
Grandma getting in some snuggles.
These were the best attempts at pictures of the grandkids.
The kids table for supper.
This weekend is my birthday and Father's Day. To celebrate, we headed to Silver Beach since we knew it would only be harder to make the trip since we will be moving farther away.
Of course we went to the carousel.
And looked at the trains there.
The boys tried on some silly hats.
Every year St Joe has a theme with statues all around downtown for the summer. This year's theme is bathtub toys. The boys had fun looking at the map to find all the statues.
The boys were so excited to climb all over the cannon.
Someone was nice enough to take a family picture for us.
Playing in the bath tub.
Despicable (minion) duck, which was the boys' favorite.
The best birthday/ Father's Day present we received was an offer on our house. We are officially under contract. What a blessing! We decided 3 weeks ago that we would move to Lafayette over the 4th of July weekend regardless of the house being sold since we were ready to be a full time family again. We knew this was a big step in our faith but we knew that God would provide and that his timing would be perfect. As always, it was. This was a busy week for me (Jackie) as I had showings almost every day. To know that I no longer have to worry about someone wanting to see our house at the last minute is such a blessing. I feel that we can truly just enjoy our last 2 weeks in this home.
God has definitely been working on my heart and I can see why He had us wait patiently to see His hand on our journey. If we had someone buy our house quickly, then I think I would continue to have a whiny way of asking for things and treat God more like a vending machine. Instead, He showed me how to be still and be patient. He also helped me to prepare for my next roll of stay-at-home mom as I had the boys by myself Mon-Fri.
We continue to ask for prayers as our journey isn't complete just yet. Next will be inspection and closing along with moving in 2 weeks. I definitely had a much less stressful birthday knowing that the buyer God had planned had made an offer. God is good!