It’s been a bit quiet from us here on the inter-webs.
We hope you understand. There has been a lot of important and time-consuming work here at home. It is good work, and work that is a privilege to do, but it is work.
The task list, however, is loud.
There are more appointments. More paperwork. More hoops to jump through. More correspondence with the government. Catching up on things around the house, at work, in life. Finding new rhythms with five (5!) children in the house, all who have needs and wants and desires. Navigating new family dynamics. Communicating in three languages.
Let’s be honest: the house is louder, too. There’s a lot of activity and not a lot of quiet spaces or moments.
But God is speaking loudly. He is using the time, and the tasks, and the new, to show us who we really are. Some things, He is affirming in us. Other things, He is politely confronting us on in the quiet of our hearts, inviting us to change, and using these circumstances to make us more like Him.
Sometimes we feel like we have gotten really, really far already. Sometimes, we’re reminded of how far we have to go. But we’ve only been back in the U.S. for about six weeks, and while some days are better than others, every day feels like slow, steady, quiet progress. And that’s really all that we can ask for. To be honest, we feel like it is going really well. That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. It just means our family is feeling more connected every day.
We are so thankful for all the continued support, prayer, and love we have felt since being home.
Life is good. In the quiet, and in the loud.
P.S. Here is a photo of Jefferson meeting snow for the first time. Claudia was less enthusiastic about the introduction...
We are Brian, Ann, Kennedy, Rowyn, and Silas. In 2018 we added Claudia and Jefferson to our family! You can follow along through this blog as we share our hearts and our tales of the process.