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The Diabetes Trifecta

It occurred to me today that our family has achieved the diabetes trifecta: Rachel had Gestational, I have Type 2, and Ethan has Type 1. Not exactly something to be proud of, but I can see God’s hand in having us go through the easier-to-manage ones before allowing the more challenging types into our life. It’s a vivid example of how He doesn’t give us challenges greater than what we can bear at that moment through His grace. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who contacted us with their thoughts and prayers today, even people that we didn’t even know we were related to! Know that your love was felt and very much appreciated.

Change is the only constant

Those of you who follow our Facebook feeds (see the sidebar) already know that we’re back in Pensacola again. It seems that just when we get settled into a place God moves us on. It reminds me of the end of Psalm 55:19, which says, “Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.” I wonder if God wants to keep us on our toes to keep us dependent on Him; I know at this point we’ve moved so often that I have a hard time imagining that we will be here for more than a couple years, and I find myself wondering where He’ll bring us next. Really, it doesn’t matter so long as we know that we’re exactly in the middle of His will: that is the most important thing in all the world. Read the rest of this entry

Talk about the weather

We’ve been hit with our first winter storm, and while I don’t enjoy shoveling the driveway, it’s nice to see everything covered in white. There’s something peaceful and starkly beautiful about it. That may sound kind of strange coming from someone who doesn’t particularly like winter, but at least you can play in the snow. Rachel and I are hoping to get some snow gear this season so we can play in the snow with the kids and actually stay warm. Perhaps then I might enjoy winter a little more. I know my toes would appreciate it. 🙂 Who knows, we have a ski area nearby, maybe we should look into taking lessons!

Summer’s End

I was driving home yesterday and noticed that a number of trees are starting to get their first yellow and red leaves.  I guess it’s right on time — last year we went to Washington for the first two weeks of September and were surprised to see fall in full swing when we got back.  Still, it’s a little sad to see Summer winding down.  It’s a reminder that we need to take advantage of our opportunities when we have them: to take advantage of those outdoor activities while the weather’s warm and do the things you’ve been meaning to do before it’s too late.  Carpe diem, etc.  There’s a good parenting lesson here too…

Joshua Daniel Heinrich

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Well, he’s here! Joshua Daniel Heinrich was born this morning (August 16) at 5:13 am. He was 8 lbs 11 oz and 21 inches long. The camera is still at the hospital with Rachel, so I’ll have to upload pictures later. In the meantime you can see one that I took with my phone on my Facebook page.

I still can’t believe how good God is to us. I just don’t understand why He blesses us over and over again, but I praise Him for it anyway! The name “Joshua” means “Jehovah is generous,” and though we didn’t know that when we picked the name, it fits perfectly. In so many ways He demonstrates that He loves us beyond measure, such as the people He had praying for us this weekend. Blessings take many forms, and even if we don’t always recognize them, it’s wonderful to know that God has for us “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jer 29:11)

Update: Pictures are up.

Even Again

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For those who didn’t know, Rachel and I are expecting again! We had the ultrasound today, and it’s a boy! So we’re even again at 3 girls and 3 boys. I guess it’s time for me to make a new “Little Bundles” photo album. Now we just need to figure out where to put the second crib — and where did its screws go?


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Well, the site redesign is just about finished.  I still have to fiddle with the Gallery theme so that it blends in with the rest of the site properly, but otherwise I’m very happy with how it turned out.  This has been quite the learning experience for me, as I had very little knowlege of WordPress themes or cascading style sheets, but Google was my friend when I didn’t know how to make things work right.  I hope that now we’ll be able to update more often (updating was more complex before, so it tended to get put off), which means more updates and pictures for you to enjoy!  And even if we haven’t updated in a while, you can still check out our current Facebook status in the sidebar on the Home page. Read the rest of this entry