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August 22, 2015

Another Year Gone By

Today we celebrated Levi's second birthday.  I can't believe that almost two years ago (he actually turns two on Monday) we met Levi for the first time.  What a two years it has been.  In those two years, Levi has lived in two different states, Missouri and Texas, and three different apartments.  He has visited both Florida and Nebraska.  He spent 10 days with grandma and grandpa while mom and dad were in another hemisphere.  He has become fearless and daring in his gross motor skill challenges.  He has grown into an independent and sociable toddler (though the occasional snuggles from mom and dad are still appreciated). His expressions, idiosyncracies, and personality are really starting to develop.  He's grown so big that sometimes it's hard for dad to even recognize.  Oh, and he's become a big brother!  We're eagerly awaiting to see his little brother/sister in March!  So much has happened in the last two years, and even though Levi was not in the plans during seminary I couldn't imagine the last two years without him.  He has changed our lives so much for the better.  I love that little guy!

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for choosing us as Levi's parents.  Through him you have given us much joy and have given to us a reflection of the love you have for us.  We have learned great lessons in love, patience, humility, and sacrifice.  Thank you, dear Lord.  Amen.

August 9, 2015

Settling In

So, we've been back in St. Louis for nearly a month.  When we first arrived, we felt out of place, like we didn't belong.  As we made our way through campus during the first week or so we saw lots of strange faces.  Slowly familiarity started trickling back in as our friends began returning from vicarage.  Normalcy has crept back into our lives, finally starting to make this place feel like home.

I've already picked up two jobs and am waiting to sign another contract for campus work.  As of now I'm back in the campus store and in the cafeteria.  Those things have somewhat helped me settle back in.  I have already had one vicarage debrief meeting and have another coming up this week.  I also have a convention I am going to this week, free of cost thanks to a donor to the seminary.  Keeping active is what's keeping me sane until classes start and I step foot into my final year at the seminary.

I can't believe it's already here though... Less than a year and I'll be a pastor.  Guess it's time to get settled in and finish this thing out!