The paint is dry, the boxes are unpacked, and almost everything now has a place to call home. We are finally emerging from survival mode and getting back to living life! I don't quite know what the future holds for me with blogging and photography, but am grateful I can pop over here from time to time with an update while discerning how many balls are prudent to juggle while I still have all of my children under one roof.
I can't begin to tell you how blessed we have been through this whole process. Yesterday on the feast of St. Rita (of Hopeless Causes fame) I was reminded of how hopeless the "moving back to the city" dream seemed for over a decade. I knew deep in my heart that it was all part of God's plan but I admit that did not keep me from feeling bleak.
In much the same way that the Infant of Prague worked miracles for us in 2013, St. Joseph saw us through this journey. Given that my husband has been praying non-stop novenas for his intercession for months, it's no mere coincidence that we moved in on the feast of St. Joseph and exactly two months later he sent us a tenant who signed a two year lease on our other home!
We have been blessed by professionals and fellow parishioners who steered us in the right direction and homeschooling neighbors in the cul-de-sac who had been praying for Christian homeschoolers to move into this house. We are 20 minutes or less from both church and music lessons, 10 minutes from Costco, and within walking distance of a lake with parks and biking trails. The kids all have space and quiet nooks for doing school, the piano has a spacious place that is not our main family room, and my husband has a finished room with natural light for an office instead of a full, dark, unfinished basement. There's a bonus room over the garage for toys and schooling the younger set, a screened in porch for relaxing with a glass of wine, a deck overlooking a wetland, a large front porch for porching, and a garage big enough to park the NV. Deo gratias!
O glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death and the special favor we now request. (mention your request)
O guardian of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that your prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ and for the glory of His name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
Here's one Before & After for you!