Rest and More England

We are home and jet lag is my middle name!  Ok jet lag is usually pretty brutal but with a 5 month old that doesn’t sleep through the night well that is a double whammy!!  In spite of jet lag I have to say the trip was awesome and exceeded my every expectation. I am slowly easing back into life but can’t seem to find any motivation to get my house back in order.  I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to be on top of my house work so I can move on to new projects.  It seems God is graciously taking that tendency from me.  So I have spent most of my day listening to worship music with tears in my eyes telling God I lay everything down at His feet.  I can’t carry all the heavy burdens I seem to always try to pick up.  Actually this trip has me really wrestling with priorities and how I spend my time.  I spent three weeks free.  My thoughts weren’t consumed with things that need to be fixed around the house or the list of projects I want to complete this summer.  I was free to just be a wife, mom and friend then the moment I stepped back into our house my head was flooded with “must-dos” and “must-haves”.   God is showing me that my identity is not found in where I live or the things I possess or how productive I am with my time.  So I’m going to take this tension that I’m feeling as a sign that God wants to take me into a deeper season of rest.  Ahh just saying that feels like a huge exhale.  I once again give myself permission to rest.

After three pretty intense weeks our team needed a day of fun.  We hopped onto a train and headed to Ludlow.  Ludlow was a wonderful tourist town with a castle at the center.  We spent the day walking around looking at the city’s architecture, eating at a small outdoor café, touring the castle and catching some good deals at a flea market.  It was an awesome day!

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Our baby girl turned 5 months yesterday!  I can’t believe it has already been 5 months.  Everyday I fall more in love with her and cherish every minute we get together.

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With love,
Lauren

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