Simply Stephanie

Simply Stephanie

Monday, August 15, 2016

On the Road Again

     Well, we started back out on the road! Our first meeting was in Grafton, Illinois. We decided to take it slow and only go halfway to the in-laws, and then go the rest of the way the next day. New mama and our two littles can only handle so long in the car, so we wanted to break the trip up a little.

     While we were at the in-laws we had two little blessings happen. The first one was a baby shower for RPG.  The church family and our dear friends were so sweet to throw one for him! We got diapers and wipes galore. SCORE!!!!!  Any of you parents out there know that diapers and wipes can very easily kill that budget of yours! There were also some adorable little baby clothes. I have to admit, when I found out I was having a boy this time around, I was not as excited about the baby clothes as I was with our little girl. However, I am really getting into it now and finding some really adorable clothes for our little guy.  Little boy jeans are just so cute!

     The second little blessing was so unexpected. When we pulled in on that Friday night, the church was just finishing up their VBS for the week. Since most of those kids were in our Wednesday night class or our VBS classes from earlier years, we went to the VBS graduation that night. Every year the kids do a boys vs. girls penny offering for missions. This year they surprised us by making us the missionary for the offering, and I have to brag on the kids a little. There were only 23 kids there and they gave over $400!!! It was such a huge blessing and such an encouragement to see those kids giving! One young boy brought in his money that he had been saving all year, and when someone made a comment to him about how he must really want the boys to win, he said "yes, but it's really just about the missionaries."  Such an encouragement from such a young kid!

     All in all, God has really blessed us! Just when it looks like we're at the end of the bank or at the end of our rope, God provides just what we need. It's definitely been a test of faith, but isn't that what life as a missionary is all about?

Monday, August 1, 2016

My Little RPG

                 Well, here he is folks! No need to beat around the bush.                    

 This is what I've been up to lately. Our little RPG (yes, those really are his initials). He's a little over a week old and weighed just shy of eight pounds. He's my sweet, little guy. 

How's his sister taking this, you ask? 

Well, she loves her little brother. Maybe a little too much sometimes. This is what we call a "squeeze hug", and she hasn't quite learned that little brother is too small for the squeeze hugs. All in all, I think she's taking his arrival quite well. She's a little attached to me right now, but can you blame her? She just went from having all the attention to having to share it...with a boy.. 

Now, that RPG is here, life is picking back up again. It's been nice to be home and relax for a while, but we are excited to start back up traveling again in the next couple of weeks. Between now and December there won't be a whole lot of down time, but that's a good thing in the life of a missionary! Here's the big question though. How do you fit two adults, two babies, everything you might need for babies, and over a months worth of clothes and belongings into a tiny little Ford Fiesta?? 
Challenge accepted!