Pray for Us

Friends, send an extra prayer up for the Henrichs family please.

The house closings are tomorrow. We feel mostly ready.

Jolie is very sick, Garrett is not well and I am two weeks into a persistent cough. Sunday night I did not fall asleep until 3:00am, Monday was 2:00am and last night was 1:45am. You’ll notice some progress there, but I’m barely keeping my sleep-deprived balance on this tight rope.

We are staying with MIL and FIL and I am earnestly praying that they are able to avoid our cooties.

The cat’s are FREAKING out. Toby’s hair seems to be coming out in clumps and Smudge has a perma-scowl on his face. Either the cats need Xanax or I do.

We’ve had a series of hiccups during our entire house buying and selling process this summer. We began this journey in May and while that seems somewhat “quick”… we are worn out and worn down.

We have had some other unexpected family news in the last 24 hours that has left our moods very somber. I was sitting at the kitchen table last night, talking with MIL and FIL and inside my head I kept hearing “Of course.”

Of course things would be hard.

Of course “life” would all happen at once.

Of course we would hit obstacle after stressful obstacle.

Of course I would be clenching my jaw and Garrett would be getting overwhelmed and annoyed.

Of course we would want to burying our heads in the sand while throwing ourselves pity parties.

I am going to say something that will resonate with some of you and possible confuse others. Garrett and I are moving to Bloomington for a variety of reasons, but one of the big reasons is so that we can be closer to our church family. There is a lot I could say about my spiritual journey, our family’s spiritual journey, but what I know for certain is that when Garrett and I decided that we needed to be closer to our church, we wanted to be closer… the enemy decided he was going to make this difficult for us. He decided he was going to make sure he distracted and discouraged us. He tried to fill us with doubts.

God has done miraculous things, beautiful things, undeserving, unimaginable things for me, for Garrett, for Jolie… and we are “all in”. He is growing us and making our marriage stronger.

So, say a prayer for us. We are feeling beat up. We tend to default to “there are so many people with harder problems, bigger challenges, etc.”… but I have a wise friend who always says… “If it matters to you, it matters to God.”

Love you muchly.

I am off to scrub bathrooms at the old house.

3 thoughts on “Pray for Us

  1. Hi Jessica,

    I stumbled upon your blog while searching for ‘pre-term’ labor on google last year when me and my wife ran into some issues ourselves ! But, God took care and all is well today.

    Since then, I come by to the blog once a while and its great to see how well you all are doing.

    All the best with your new house and do update what happened ! Hope you got it !


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