Little Ruby June is adored by the whole family and will be turning 1 on September 5th. That, coincidentally was the week we bought our forever home here in Petal. What a whirlwind of emotion and support from everyone, but that is a story in itself. Basically, Troy tried to become Superman, and I tried to follow.
We bought a fixer upper and it has been a constant struggle, as these things are. We aren't natural DIYers so multiply that struggle to those that love this kind of thing. But persistence has paid off in many areas, and hopefully looking back at the befores and afters will encourage us to tackle the rest when it seems so overwhelming.
We joined a church that is over 30 minutes away. It wasn't that far from the rental house when we joined, but the new house is pretty far out the opposite direction. The commute is cramping my style, but God has made it very clear that this church is where He wants us. Even if it is just for the friends that quickly opened their hearts and offered their help, any amount of driving would be worth it. It has felt like family from the beginning.
We also felt led to do another year of homeschool. It is a nice fit for our family, even though we moved to an area where I was thinking we would send our kids to public school. There is a sweet peace in knowing and accepting where He wants us (when we are privileged to that information!).
Here is a quick recap of the pregnancy, birth, move, remodel (still in progress), holidays, and milestones.
And Ruby is growing like a weed!
I'm sure there is plenty I've missed, but for an 18 month recap, I think it looks pretty good. Here's to more posts of the Stouffer Adventures!