I haven’t blogged much this summer and that has partially been intentional, partially not. Brennan and I have been traveling, working many weekends at MHS, spending time with family and friends, helping with church activities, doing photography for an amazing camp, hosting many RYFO bands, and so much more. We’ve been enjoying life and, though busy, it has been restful and refreshing.
We’re overdue for an update, so here’s what we’ve been up to:
Writing: It has felt good to not pressure myself to write, but to only do so when inspired. I have been writing for a new site that launched in July, as well. Check out The Transcend Project for some great articles about life as a Christian and life in Harrisburg, PA from several different authors. I’ve also been working on my book and the manuscript is almost completed. I have likely found an agent, my book proposal is in process, and we’re still hoping to start pitching the book by October.
The House: Our kitchen is finished and it is stunningly beautiful. We are hoping to list the house by the end of August, which means a lot of work needs to be done in order to be ready for showings (i.e. I need to put my stuff away 😉 ).
(For those who aren’t aware, we bought our home 3.5 years ago with the intent to flip it and sell it; it was bank-owned so we paid far less for it than it is worth. If we sell the house, we can pay off our student loans – $50,000 – and be debt free. Even though we love our home, we will love being debt free even more, and it will allow us to live life so much more freely than we currently can.)
If you’re looking to buy a home in the Colonial Park/Lower Paxton area, we know of a great one that will soon be for sale! 😉
Children: We so desperately want to be parents again, but there are serious genetic risks if we conceive naturally (Krabbe may be a recessive gene, but it is aggressive and it’s very likely that we’d have another baby with Krabbe). We have some options, but they are all incredibly expensive and we simply can’t afford them at the moment. We’ve had some setbacks in that area and it has been incredibly disappointing. BUT, God is sovereign and we continue to follow Him and trust His timing.
Tori’s headstone was placed around her birthday and it is beautiful:
Her tree was also planted at The Hershey Gardens:
Work: As if I need anything else on our plate, after consideration and prayer, I decided that it would be wise to get a part time job since we don’t know when (or if) we will be having more children. I accepted a position today at The Hotel Hershey and will start at the end of August. It will only be 2-3 days per week with the option to pick up additional hours to assist my co-workers, which will still allow me the flexibility I need to continue to write, lobby, do photography, and serve the community with our church.
Newborn Screening: There is another Advisory Panel meeting in two weeks and I will be attending. I will give a full update just like last time.
Brennan is running in the Hershey Half Marathon in October with many other people from our church. He wanted to run the race in Tori’s honor and he is working hard to make this happen. Please pray for his training, that he would build the required endurance and that he would finish the race well.
Please continue to pray for Brennan and I for these things – especially the book (for favor from the publishers), the house (that it sells quickly and for the amount needed to pay off our student loans), and future children (that we can have them).
We are doing well, continuing to praise the Lord for the gift that Tori was, and learning to live life without her by our side. God is good, God is faithful, and God is sovereign.
8 thoughts on “Busy Summer and a Much Needed Update”
Thank you for the update. I’m so glad to hear of your progress and goals. Your kitchen looks amazing! Good luck with the sale. You and Brennan are an amazing couple and whatever God has in His Plans for you, I just know you will handle with Grace and Love. Xoxo!
Yes thank you !! That is very kind of you both to update us with your life without Tori here on earth with you… as I know she is with you always .. Victoria was right and that you both are an amazing couple.. It’s good that you have your faith and I wish you the best with your future plans!!
You are amazing and inspirational. Best wishes on your endeavors..God has you covered and has great things in store for you both.
Good luck on the book! How exciting! My husband is a Christian book agent and editor if you need either of those services. Also, could you email me some details about your house? Would it have an in-law living area, and 2 or 3 bedrooms on the first floor? We have a family member with a serious illness and are looking into a combined living arrangement where each family could have their space and yet be available in emergencies.
Can I have your email address?
Never mind – I found it! Email sent.