Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Really Good Reasons NOT to Blog:

Inevitably, in the life of every blog, there comes a time when the LIFE that you're blogging ABOUT starts to encroach on the TIME that you have to do the blogging.

And then you get behind on the blog.

Waaaayyyyyyy behind.

And it's really a shame to miss out on all the life in the in-between times, so instead of just catching up, it continues to pile up.

But I'm a fighter.  And I'm determined that I'm not going to indefinitely succumb to the Really Good Reasons I Have NOT to blog, but I am going to share some of them with you here so that you will understand why you've been staring at "The Last Lake Hoorah" for months! :)

Really Good Reason Not to Blog #1:

We Moved!!

After 18 months in Hartsville, and the Lord repeatedly closing the doors on about four different houses that we pursued buying there, we heard of a church plant that was coming to the Pontiac/ Northeast Columbia area and began to entertain the idea of moving back toward "home" in order to be a part of the church plant, Grace Presbyterian, (ARP) and closer to our families.  We found a house we were interested in that was right off of the interstate (which was convenient, since Benjamin would already be making the 50 minute commute to Darlington every day....) made an offer on it, and the Lord swung open the doors each step of the way to make it happen.  So in November, we moved!  
I really don't know where it is that we live.  The interstate sign says "Pontiac", but geographically, I guess it's considered Northeast Columbia, but our address says "Elgin."  This isn't necessarily ideal for someone as directionally challenged as me :) 
I'm thankful that my phone has GPS.  :) 

We have LOVED our new home and have little by little started getting settled...  Not that we have any pictures hung on the walls or anything,  but we're making progress.  :)

It's been so nice to be able to see our families without having to pack up and spend the entire weekend away from home.  I'm not a light packer.  It always took me one entire day to pack and three days to unpack for a weekend trip to visit family in Lexington.  That is no exaggeration, and I'm thankful to say that for the three months we have lived in our new house, I've not had to pack a suitcase one time.  This is HUGE for me. 
We're able to stay in touch with many of our sweet Hartsville friends by hopping in the car with daddy each Monday to return to our homeschool co-op group in Hartsville.  It's worked out great to be able to still maintain the wonderful relationships we built during our time in Hartsville!

We're thankful for the move!  But moving takes a LOT of time.  There isn't a whole lot that is fun about packing and then unpacking.  And the thing about it is that life doesn't STOP just because you move.  Laundry still needs to be done, food still needs to be prepared, toilets still need cleaning, etc, etc...  Blogging isn't as high on the priority list.  It's too bad, but it's true.  

 Really Good Reason Not to Blog #2:

The Holidays!
 sitting on the steps

Ok this one is typical.  I always get behind over the holidays.  I take way too many pictures because there are way too many "moments" to capture.  And I'm all about "capturing the moment," ya know.  And this year we had just moved.  And we have like, zero furniture in our new house.  We kinda look like squatters right now.  So in the midst of Christmas shopping, I was trying to think of what color couch goes well with Lime Green living room walls.  That's another post in and of itself...  But I'm not real decisive.  So deciding on Christmas gifts as well as couches really got in the way of blogging.  Plus, there were moments to capture. :)
fam pic in front of the chrsitmas tree

Really Good Reason Not to Blog #3:

People Need to Eat!


Its amazing really, how OFTEN two little people need to be fed.  Someone is always hungry and food doesn't just appear out of thin air.  Although, that would be nice.  I guess more than just food, caring for two little people seems to take up a lot more of the moments that I used to find here and there to do things like... blog, when I only had one little person to care for... 


which brings me to...

Really Good Reason Not to Blog #4:

We have another little Ryan person on the way! 

baby #3

Yeah... so that would probably be the main culprit for the lack of blogging. Running around after two little people and growing a third = one tired mama!  Whereas nap time used to be blog time, it is now FAMILY nap time. 

We found out a couple of weeks before Christmas that we are expecting our third little baby sometime in late August.  Considering the fact that Thomas was only a little over 7 months old at the time, this unexpected blessing took us quite off guard. 

Isn't it funny how the Lord works?  If he had asked me, I would have had my first two children back to back.  That was always what I envisioned my life would look like... but after we had Benson, there were times when we wondered if he would ever have a sibling.

Four years later, the Lord gave us precious Thomas.  And it was perfectly timed.  I look back and am so thankful that I wasn't the one who decided when our second child would come into our family and the world.  Only God knows the trajectory of his life and how he will be used at just the right time when he's 10, 15, 20, 50 years old to bring about God's purposes and to bring Him glory in a beautiful and God ordained way and time.

I like to think about the ways our lives intersect with others.  It's so big I can't wrap my brain around it, but I'm thankful I can trust God's goodness in His timing of bringing His people into the world.

That being said, even though little Ryan person number three wasn't on our radar screen yet, I'm fully confident that the Lord has a beautiful plan for this baby and the timing of it's arrival in the world.

To God be the Glory!  Great things he has done!! 


  1. yay!!!! that awesome post was worth the wait :) such an exciting time for y'all!

    1. thanks, Heather :) You are always so sweet :)

  2. Wonderful news! Our babies will only be 3 months apart. We will have to plan a play date, plus I would love to see you. Congrats!!

    Heather N. Burton

    1. i would LOVE that!! You are such a cute preggy lady :) I've loved seeing your facebook pics :)

  3. Loved catching up on your lives from the last few months! And congratulations on baby #3!

    1. thanks so much for saying hey, Michelle!! I hope you and your "babies" (sniff, sniff, they are SO GROWN UP!!!!) are doing well!!! :)

  4. Wow, congratulations! I am so excited for you guys. I have been wondering what had happened to you. I was actually thinking of emailing you today to check on you! It sounds like you have been very busy. I can't wait to see pictures of the new house!

    1. Haha, I'm sure many people thought we had disappeared off the face of the earth :) Hope yall are doing well!! :)

  5. how much you have had going on. I miss your updates..but glad you are back. Congratulations on number do it all with such grace and strength in the Lord Jess.

    1. Thanks so much for saying hey, Erin!! Each day is certainly by Gods all sufficient Grace, that is FOR SURE!!! :) Hope you and your sweet little family are doing great!!