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This and That

Jacqui Skemp4 Comments

Well, it's been ten days now, and a lot and not a lot has happened in regards to our housing situation. 

We are considering buying a home, so that's kind of a huge deal. Our original plan before getting married was to wait until we were debt free to buy a house (a la Dave Ramsey) but as life would have it, continuing to rent might be exponentially more expensive than just buying a small home. So we're meeting with people, creeping on houses, and searching and praying and waiting. 

We're also taking a first time home buyers class and it's been really enlightening so far. I highly recommend it if you are a first time homebuyer with load of questions like us.

I figure we'll just keep walking down this path, and if a door closes we'll take that as confirmation that right now isn't the time. 

This past weekend I had to privilege of being on retreat with many of the Blessed Is She creative and writing team. Several of us in the Twin Cities know and see each other often, but it was so great to finally meet people in real life who I've been online friends with for years now. It was also enlightening to see how tall and short people are. ha. 

Anyway, per Mary's suggestion I started reading Hallie Lord's book On The Other Side of Fear and so far I've only cried twice. I started it last night. I suppose it's really good for anyone, but man is it the right season for me to be reading this right now. 

Yesterday I drove around a potential new neighborhood listening to the most recent episode of Fountain of Carrots and I highly recommend it if you've lost a child or have a friend who has lost a child. 

Oh! One of the other highlights of this weekend was taking the Modern Calligraphy class with my friend Erica. Click here to find one in your area, I highly recommend it. I signed up with a few girlfriends and it was really fun and relaxing, and I can't wait for my babies to nap so I can bust out my paper and ink again.

Until next time! 



Glory Story

Jacqui Skemp6 Comments

Many, many moons ago I served with a group of young people who traveled around the country talking to youth about God. Every so often, we would take time to write what were called “glory stories.” We wrote them about a conversation, a conversion, a moment where we saw God working in the lives of the young people we met with, or the families who hosted us. I was able to see His work in the lives of those around me, but I had a really hard time seeing the glory story He was writing in my own life. I still struggle with that.

In our five years of marriage, we’ve made our lives in four different homes, and yesterday we found out that this spring our landlord will not be renewing our lease and we’ll be moving into our fifth home. We just don’t know where that will be yet.

The moving part? It sucks, but honestly, that’s the part that bothers me the least. We did a great job purging and packing things before our last move, and we’ve got lots of boxes that are still taped up.

The kids will be fine. I was so worried about how the transition to this last place would go, but they were awesome. I think we actually were doing a lot more thriving than surviving after the move.

The hardest part is trust. Trusting that He will provide. Trusting that this time we’ll find the place for us.

Two years ago I insisted that we needed to move (because the mice, oh! The mice!) and then it became clear that moving wasn’t an option. So I trusted that that was where we were supposed to be. Four months later we got a notice to vacate. We packed up our lives with a newborn, and moved. I thought our next move would last a lot longer, but that became clear that it wasn’t the right fit, so we packed up and moved again in less than a year. And then here, in a beautiful neighborhood, close to family, I allowed my heart to rest. But now we’ve got six months left before we’ll pack up and move again. Three moves in three years.

We’ve got so much to be thankful for. We’ve got our health, my husband has a job he loves, and we’ve got family and friends who support and pray for us. I can’t see the plan through the details, but I know the bigger picture is His glory.
So, if you’re so inclined, pray with us? Pray that our hearts are filled with peace and hope. Pray that we find a home that is good for our family, and a long term solution. Pray that we can soon share a glory story with you.

Seven Quick Takes

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Hello Internets. How long has it been since I've written seven quick takes? Who knows? Who cares? Here we go!

1. We're back from California and Mexico. I hope to have a recap of our time away soon, but right now we're spending our evenings rushing our children to deep, deep slumbers so we can catch up on our favorite show, Vikings. Have you seen it? It's not for those with weak stomachs. We fell behind this spring, and then they took it off the webz. But it's back on Amazon Prime and Hulu! Yay! Also, Bishop Barron wrote about it a few weeks ago, and that just made me feel more confident in shouting: I LOVE THIS SHOW. 

2. One of my favorite podcasts, Fountains of Carrots, is going to be discussing a new novel soon, so I picked it up. And by picked it up I mean, I had it sent to my Kindle. It's The Awakening of Miss Prim, and so far I'm really enjoying it! I just wish my children would be more considerate and give me time to read. 

3. This third take is dedicated to our third child, who didn't get mentioned in the first take because #thirdchild. I shared a photo on Instagram and Facebook announcing the expansion of our family and... me. I'm starting to look at all these newborns on my social media feeds with big heart eyes. 

Baby is 15 weeks along, and the size of an apple says an email in my inbox. Baby was nice enough to let me mostly enjoy my time with my family, but has since decided to kick up the nausea. Though, to be honest, as far as symptoms go, this has been my easiest pregnancy so far. More on this subject later, I'm sure. 

4. I know we just got back from a long, long trip, but we're still not done! We've got a family trip at the very end of Ian's summer break up north, and another smaller trip with one of our favorite families, Los Coynes. You might have read Anna's blog, and I can't remember if she wrote about it (I did here), but last year we went on our first annual trip to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe with our families. We're going again and this time I'll be the preggo. It looks like the weather will be equally as sticky and cloudy as it was last year, but we plan on taking full advantage of the indoor kiddie pool at the hotel. 

5. Speaking of Anna, we just had our first meeting to start planning the next Catholic Women Blogging Network conference. It's for the midwest region and we'll be hosting it here in the Twin Cities. It's still in the early stages of planning, but as the details roll out, we'll be sure to let you know. So if you think this is something you're interested in, keep your eyes peeled! 

6. My friend Katrina runs a really lovely Etsy shop, Hatch Prints,  where she sells these beautiful prints. We have this one (among a few others), which is kinda ironic considering our little news this summer: 

She's currently running a bogo sale, so it's the perfect time to stock up on gifts. 

7. Ohmygosh seven quick takes are never quick for me. I'm sorry, I have no more. 

Linking up with Kelly for this round of SQT