It's been 3 months since we moved here and it's been an incredible season full of abundant change, tests, trials, new beginnings, and fragrant HOPE. I say fragrant because I have experienced God's love in a whole new way—a more tangible way. God is good. I know it's been a couple of months or so since I've posted but here I am, in a new season where I will be getting more quiet time to write, collect my thoughts, or just even let my thoughts rest—no thinking at all! Motherhood takes a lot of thought out of ya. Along with physical and emotional exhaustion, I never knew that mental exhausted would be included in the "mommy package". Alas another perk of planting here, I will be getting more mental breaks ;)
And on that note, I wanted to share with you all a little end-of-the-year letter of sorts. Here's what the Canant's have been up to lately and what we look forward to in the year 2015.
The Mr. & Mrs. Philip and I have tapped into a new era of marriage. We are getting to place more focus on one another and on God as one. We both have talked extensively about how much we finally feel at home. The change of environment has done great things for us. And you see, God wants that for us all. He takes us from one place to another at times so that we can learn, grow, be sharpened, molded, and so forth. Ultimately, He wants to take us to a promised land much like the Israelites. He wants us to be planted so we can then sow, lead, and do exceedingly great things for His kingdom. So far in the initial planting, things are going great! Philip is LOVING his job. He's in a much happier place work wise. He's actually getting to do real engineer work now— freedom to learn and grow, and a real chance to move up. The company is incredible too! Christian and family-owned, great sense of community. He's going to get to be a light, do good work here for God. And as for me, I'm getting to stay home with the girls, love on them, teach them, and write again! I will be seeking freelance opportunities soon and begin to really push out and sharpen my writing skills.
And some of the most exciting news is that we found a church, Celebration Church! Pastor Joe and Lori Champion are the incredible pastors there. They're from Louisiana and huge LSU fans. Their son is the student coach for the upcoming football season. Go figure we'd go from one Cajun pastor to another. Haha! Again, God is good! So far we love this church, all of us! We also know that we want to travel more in our future, buy a home in the coming year, and even try for more kiddos! Speaking of kiddos...
Emarosa Joy Emmy is 2 and so bright! She's talking more and more everyday. She's learned all of the basic colors. She's starting to talk in phrases more, almost creating sentences. She's frozen-obsessed, sings the infamous "Let it Go" daily. Coloring and painting are two of her favorite pastimes. Reading completely captivates her. We are firm believers in giving little to no time on electronic devices. We want her to find a love and appreciation for the written word, in real books. And she has! Her library is growing. She absolutely loves her Bible. We've read through it twice already. She's also potty trained. Yup, potty trained in a day and a half. I'm pretty proud ;) And this Christmas, she was on cloud 9. She learned to say "baby Jesus" and I believe we got a great start on teaching her why we celebrate and give to one another. She loves church too. She never stayed in the nursery in before but here at Celebration, she literally runs to her teachers. We felt like that was a sign in itself ;)
Almost 7 months strong, Eliana is just about crawling. She's a complete ball of joy. She's so loving, cuddly, and funny. She's absolutely precious and such an easy baby (90% of the time. Hehe!). She watches her big sister like a hawk and tries so hard to keep up with her. She's also pulling herself up onto things. I am soaking up every moment with her because Emmy turned 2 in the blink of an eye. I absolutely love the baby stage and want to stay here as long as possible. Eliana also has an appetite like her sister. I make all of her baby food and she gobbles it up. She's such a blessing.
And there you have it folks. That's where we are and how we've been in a nutshell :) Looking forward to this year, we are definitely changing things up in a few areas. There's so much to come!
I hope you all have a happy happy new year and that you not only look forward to what's to come but MOVE forward. It takes vision but also doing to get there.
Cheers to 2015,