Drew: We had hoped that he would have a PhD in hand by May 2014, but God had other plans. Drew is still working on his dissertation, along with tutoring SAT/ACT at a local center. Late 2013, there was a political science position open at his Alma mater, and we were hopeful that he'd at least be interviewed there. In February, we learned he was not even on the short list. At first that came as a blow to us and our family, but I'm actually glad he did not get the teaching position. Had he gotten the job, he would be prepping for all his classes, researching, writing, and defending his dissertation; we would have very little interaction with each other. As it is now, we still live paycheck to paycheck, but God continues to be faithful and provide for us.
Myself: At times, this year has been rather emotional for me. I am often reminded of James 4:1-17:
Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"-yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.I constantly looked for teaching jobs for Drew throughout the year and have been so discouraged when he does not hear back from colleges/universities. I arrogantly assumed that he would have a full time teaching job. There are also times where I have planned something, but God shuts the door. The biggest case is how we had planned on moving to a different apartment, with a different landlord, but three weeks before we were supposed to move, God stopped it from happening. Looking back, I see how good God was in letting us continue to stay where we are. Yes, we still want to move and frequently look for places, but we only want to sign a month to month lease and most landlords want us to sign a year long lease. So until we have a little more certainty about what's going on, we will most likely continue to live in our current apartment. This year I was once again reminded that I don't have it altogether and need to constantly look to Christ, be in the Word, fellowship with other believers, and pray.
Charis: Upgraded to "Big Sister" status and LOVING it. She had a bout of the flu in December, but is back to her active self. At her doctor's appointment, she her height was 47 inches and weight was 47 lbs. She loves dancing, spinning, Spanish, and learning to write her letters.
Justin: "Overdue" just like his big sister. But unlike my pregnancy with Charis, I actually was not giving him an "eviction notice" every hour after my "due" date. I actually enjoyed my pregnancy with Justin. I think it helped that I was not working full time and that I already have one child at home.