John David Pate-3years old

James Daniel Pate-3years old

Thursday, May 14, 2009

God is so good and so faithful. This morning I am praising him (as I always do) and thanking him for the grace he has poured out on my family. Last week I battled the decision whether or not to stay home next year and take a year off teaching or return back to work in the fall. After finding my peace with Him and making the decision to stay home, I wanted to start the worry bug of "how are we going to afford" the increase in insurance (about $700 more a month)and that would be without my income. SO basically cut my income and increase living expenses...doesn't sound so good uh? I refrained from worrying because I just had this certainty in my heart that staying home is what He truly desired for me to do so He'd take care of all the details once I committed to staying home. Sure enough...He answered fairly quickly. Yesterday my precious husband got an email from his company that we could take advantage of his insurance once my coverage ended. His insurance (we originally thought) was going to be even higher than my extended coverage for $700 more a month, but it is actually much cheaper and will work out wonderfully. Not to say we won't still be eating PB&J for supper a few nights a week, but what a relief that our insurance coverage is working out.

"I have learned to be content with whatever I have"...Philippians 4:11

"If we have enough food and clothing, let us be content"...1 Timothy 6:8

"Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."...Hebrews 13:5

"Your Heavenly Father already knows all your needs"...Matthew 6:32

My other blessing to report of, is the boys are sleeping about 7 hours at night now. It is a beautiful thing. They are eating like crazy all day and especially early afternoon but to sleep from 10-6 is worth feeding them all day. I think they may need cereal mid morning and at supper. This week we have been giving them cereal at 8:00 after I nurse them at 7:30 and before their bath at 9:00. Then they nurse again at 10:00 and go to sleep...LOVELY! I will try to video them eating their cereal tonight and post it tomorrow. It is really cute.

Here are some pictures from yesterday playing outside together. Daddy and the girls were playing softball and the boys and I enjoyed strolling the neighborhood. Then Daddy took the boys for a run and I jumped on the trampoline with the girls. Fun times and great memories made. Of course all the smiles were gone when it was time to go in for bath time at 7:00PM!!!! All but Claire was crying. Even I wanted to shed some tears. Two SCREAMING baby boys wanting to eat, Ellie and Jenna needing a bath and whining for milk and luvies, Claire shouting she is out of shampoo, all at the same time.

Claire- any resemblance of me???? Do ya think???? I seriously have to find a picture of me when I was 7 and post it. We look so much alike....however, she is a carbon copy of her father's personality, so smart and cautious and timid.

Ellie- she is so dramatic...wonder where she gets that gene from??

Jenna..such a dirt kid, look at the dried snot on her nose, yuck! This kid LOVES to be outside. You wouldn't know it from the smile in this picture, but 20 min. prior she was having a typical 4:00 pm meltdown.

Boys hanging out together.

James Daniel playing outside with his big sisters!

John David playing outside with his big sisters!


Missy said...

Awww! What great pictures! My girls have the same dress as Jenna - we must have great taste huh!

♥Trina♥ said...

That is great news about the insurance!

The pictures of the kids are precious!!

Our pink slips went out today...I have been SICK since lunch when I started finding out who had gotten one. We'll all need to keep these families in our prayers.

Ah...only 3 "real" days and 2 exam days. Don't you miss it?? LOL

Tricia said...

You have a precious family... and thanks for sharing the wonderful testimony about God's provisions. He is faithful and always comes through!


Amy said...

I remember what you looked like at seven and Claire looks just like you! That is great about the insurance coming through for you. Think about you often. Call me soon! Amy