Sunday, February 10, 2013

Big Changes...

Life can sometimes seem so humdrum and bla’za. All you want is some excitement; something to stir the pot. Then, all of the sudden, you get your wish; and it’s all you can do to hang on for dear life! I think life has thrown Gabe and me on a crazy roller coaster, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping any time soon. First, in early December we got the big news that my twin sister Allie and her husband Jake are expecting twins in early July. What a crazy and amazing surprise! Who ever thought that one of the Barron girls would have twins? I guess God has some pretty big plans for my sister and her family! Then of course, the holidays hit, and along with the rest of America we spent those few weeks running around like chickens with our heads cut off.

Gabe and I also made the big decision to remodel our kitchen. So we’ve been dealing with contractors, bids and getting plans made up. It will all be worth it in the end, but right now it seems like a big mess. We’re hoping to start construction this month, but life has a way of throwing curve balls at you. It’s a long story, but after a stray cat mysteriously found its way into our basement, we found out that we have a hole that goes from one of the basement walls straight to the outside. So, before we start on the kitchen, we have to rip out our entire back deck to open space for the hole to be sealed. Sigh. What a mess! Eventually we’ll move from remodeling the kitchen to fixing up our master bath, and then hopefully onto a few other cosmetic changes around the house. In the mean time, I’m just praying no other big issues come up as we start this kitchen project. Ripping out the deck isn’t going to kill us, but it certainly was unexpected and leaves the huge question: what other issues do we not know about?

Beyond all of that, I guess the biggest change for us has come in a very small and unexpected package. The second week of December, we found out we are expecting our own little one on August 16th, 2013. It was quite a shock after finding out about my sister just a week earlier. Come to find out, Allie and I are only a month apart. Talk about twin connection!

God is so surprising sometimes. I had prayed that God would open the door for Gabe and I to have a baby for years, and it seemed like it would never happen. At times it was hard walking in faith and trusting that God would bring everything in his perfect timing. It didn’t come in the timing I had planned, but it was perfect none the less. It’s exciting to be able to go through this journey with my sister, even though we’re thousands of miles apart. He knew we’d need each other’s support during this. And, he obviously wanted to shake up the Barron family as much as possible!

It’s been a rough journey thus far. I’ve been blessed to not have any major morning sickness, but I’ve dealt with other issues that have kept my worry wart heart in overdrive. But, God is faithful. He always gives us what we need, when we need it. He knew long before I did that this baby would be a part of Gabe’s and my life, and he knew that we’d face challenges along the way. I’m so thankful that God knows me better then I know myself. He knew this season of life would be crazy, chaotic, exciting and scary. He planned every detail of this pregnancy, and has a plan already in place to glorify his Son through it. Gabe and I are so excited to start our new job as a parents, and we’re ready to see Gods hand move in more ways we didn’t see coming!

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