"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” — Job 8:21

We’re claiming 2014 to be a year of joy. As the days wear on — especially through the winter months — joy isn’t something we want to just hope, pray or dream for. We’re learning to expect it! As we prepare to become foreign missionaries in the very near future (click here for more on that) we're changing the way we think. It’s a journey we’re on together, and every day holds something new.

And speaking of something new...we’re expecting our firstborn child to arrive in August!Expecting Joy

All sorts of emotions have flooded our hearts since Christmas Day, when we officially had proof of the life growing and developing inside. It’s exciting, humbling, thrilling and terrifying, all somehow felt at the same time. We are so thankful for this blessing from God, and do not take lightly what it will mean to raise a child for Him. We’ll need lots of help along the way! It takes a village, right? Or something like that...

But can I be perfectly honest? Sometimes it's hard to just feel "joy". As a nurse, I've seen and experienced too much to bask in that blissful ignorance of anticipation that I see in so many expecting parents. It's easier to let fear win. It can be hard for me to plan for 5 months down the road when I don't know what might happen tomorrow. But I'm taking one day at a time, and training my heart to focus on Joy.

Our due date is August 25th so we'll be sure to keep you posted along the way. So don't forget follow our blog for updates!