Exciting News!

If you read my last post, you know that a lot has been going on with us lately!

One thing I didn’t mention was that we are pregnant! And we are SO very excited about it! ¬†We are truly so thankful to the Lord for this baby!
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In case you were wondering or didn’t figure it out from the above photo, yes, we are still in the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia! ūüôā We are so excited that our children will get to have a sibling and we will get to have two kiddos. Both blessings from the Lord!! We are truly beyond thrilled about both of our babies!
I am currently 4 months pregnant and everything with the baby has been looking good!
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Something that is also incredibly neat is that both of my sisters are pregnant right now too!! It has been so neat to get to share pregnancy information with both of them and learn from them! We are all about 2 months apart. The Lord’s timing is truly best and He has given me such a blessing to be able to walk through this pregnancy while¬†my sisters are experiencing similar things!
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We can’t wait to meet this little one and are so thankful to the Lord for them!

Spring/Summer 2015

I realize it’s been a while since the last time that I posted, but a lot has been happening with us lately!!

In April my husband took a position as senior pastor at first baptist church in a new town in west Texas. He has been doing such an incredibly great job and I am so proud of him! The Lord has truly been preparing him for this role and through God’s strength he has been excelling! I am so honored to be married to this man of mine!

With the wirl wind of moving and transitioning into a new location, we have been going nonstop! So we decided it was time for a little vacation/rest.
We were able to find this great little cabin near the lake and it was wonderful!
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It was so good to get away and take some time with just my honey! I truly love my husband and enjoy spending time with him! Getting rest was also much needed and appreciated! It was fantastic to not have a schedule and just relax each day!
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The place we stayed was right on the lake, so we took advantage of that and swam as often as we could! We also enjoyed just sitting in these cute chairs and watching the ripples in the water from boats passing.
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I’m so thankful we got the opportunity to take some time together.
After we returned from our vacation we then jumped into an exciting week of Vacation Bible School at our church. While it was certainly¬†a busy week, I really did¬†love helping out with it this¬†year! I love seeing children learn about Jesus for the first time and¬†finally having God’s truth click in their hearts and minds.
Recently Emmanuel had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to South America where to Lord was truly at work!
We truly serve a faithful God and we are so thankful for Him bringing us to this new location and new phase in life! We look forward to all He has in store for us! ūüôā

30

This past month I turned 30! Turning 30 seems so old to me! And there are many things that I thought I would have achieved¬†by the age of 30…the primary one being a mother. When I was younger I always had imagined that when I was 30 I would be married with 2-3 children and still growing. But, God has had other plans for me. Plans that I never would have imagined. My faith has been tested and my heart has been stretched to lengths I didn’t know possible. And all the while God has been there right by my side through all the hurt and pain, continually drawing me and challenging me. Calling me to surrender my all to Him. It is hard to let go of things that you have always desired, but I know that I serve a GREAT God, who is in control and knows my future. A God who¬†is ever faithful and continually by my side. A God who truly loves me deep down to the core of who I am. A God who is reliable and who continually gives me more than I deserve. So I praise the Lord for this year! For allowing me to reach 30 with so many blessings! The blessing of an amazing, wonderful and loving husband! The blessing of wonderful family! The blessing of sweet friendships! The blessing of the child we don’t yet know who is in Ethiopia! And lastly, the most important of them all, the blessing of the Lord’s great love and sacrifice for me! I truly serve an amazing God!¬†
 
So as I entered this new decade, I decided that I wanted to celebrate with my sweet west Texas friends! I decided that a wreath making birthday party would be the best way to celebrate! Surrounded by friends and doing something I truly enjoy, crafting!  
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Since living in west Texas, the Lord has truly blessed me with some amazing friendships and I am so thankful for each one of them! I had such a great time hanging out with these girls and sharing life together while also making something beautiful.
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This is definitely a birthday I will¬†remember! ūüôā And I look forward to seeing all the Lord has for me in my 30’s!

Steady Heart

I heard this song today and it was exactly what I needed to hear. It’s a reminder that even though I don’t always know what is in store for me or how things will end up, I serve a God who I can trust and who is reliable. A God who can carry me through storms and lead me into the clearing. A God who is steady, forgiving, loving, always by my side and faithful to the end! Thank you Lord for who you are!

 

Steady Heart
Written by: Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook

I can’t see
What’s in front of me
Still I will trust You
Still I will trust You

Steady heart that keeps on going
Steady love that keeps on holding
Lead me on
Steady grace that keeps forgiving
Steady faith that keeps believing
Lead me on

Though the sky is dark
And the wind is wild
You’ll never leave me
You’ll never leave me

Though the night is long
There is a coming dawn
The light is breaking
The light is breaking

Steady heart that keeps on going
Steady love that keeps on holding
Lead me on
Steady grace that keeps forgiving
Steady faith that keeps believing
Lead me on

And as the dawn breaks
And the clouds clear
In an open space
Together we will run

You Are Worth It!

These past few weeks have been crazy!! There have been countless days where I’ve either gotten up early before work or used my lunch break to get the required paperwork completed for our adoption. Whether is is getting forms notarized, mailing forms out at the post office, ¬†going to appointments, emailing forms, etc…it has seemed constant! Often I have felt completely worn out, exhausted and weary. Yet, when I take the time to be still and remember why we are doing all of this, it all becomes so very worth it! Every errand we run has purpose and meaning because I know that with each step we complete we become one step closer to bringing our baby home.

I long for the day when we finally will get to meet our child for the first time. When I will finally get to hold them in my arms, look into their beautiful eyes and tell them I love you and more importantly, Jesus loves you and cares so deeply about you. I truly look forward to that day!

So we will keep trekking on with perseverance because our baby (my little love) is so very worth it!

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” Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! “

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Our Journey to Children

Today at church we made the following announcement.

If you were unable to view the video, we want to let you know that we are adopting! This is something we feel the Lord has called us to and we are very excited about it! We know we have a long journey ahead of us, but we are relying on the Lord fully each step of the way.

We will continue to keep you updated on what is happening as things progress, so feel free to check back often for updates! We appreciate your prayers and support for us and our future child!

Our Houston Adventure

This past weekend Emmanuel was¬†asked to be the guest speaker for First Methodist Houston’s Disciple Now and I had the privilege of going with him! The drive to Houston was absolutely beautiful especially when we got around the Brenham area. There were so many beautiful fields with wild flowers and pretty houses. It was really peaceful and we enjoyed getting to spend some¬†time together!

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On our way we stopped at Buc-ees. If you’ve never heard of Buc-ees it’s basically just a gas station but their store’s are super nice and¬†are unique to Texas. This one had a gift shop, a grocery store, a candy store and was also a gas station.

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Finally after a long drive we made it to Houston. Driving downtown Houston was definitely an experience and a little bit crazy at times, but it was also beautiful at the same time. The church was right in the middle of it all with skyscrapers all around and the city train right next to the church. It was a beautiful church and we were excited to be there. Just to give you perspective, in the picture below, the church is on the far right and is the tan brick building.

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We loved getting to meet all the students and other small group leaders, as well as see an old friend. Emmanuel spoke 4 times throughout the weekend and did a fantastic job each time! I am so proud of him and honored to have him as my husband.

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God truly showed up and students lives were transformed. There were students who said that they were ready to step up and be leaders in their schools and students who found the Lord for the first time! It was such a blessing to be a part of such an awesome weekend!

While we were in Houston¬†I also had the opportunity to see my sister, brother in law, and nephew. It is always fun to see them and I enjoyed getting to spend more time with my cute little nephew. He even showed me some of his new tricks! I also got to see their new house that they just bought! It was so pretty and they have already done so much to make it their own. I’m happy for them and their new adventure as home owners!

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The weekend went all too fast, but we had a great time being together and praising the Lord with students  in Houston!

If you are ever in need of a terrific guest speaker feel free to contact me, I know a guy! ūüėČ

 

 

Life Lately

A lot has been happening around the Jimenez household! It seems that this time of year is always a little busy for us with the Holidays, Disciple Now, Community Activities, etc.. So I thought I’d give you a brief picture update of all that has been going on (pictures are more fun anyways).

To start off, my sister had her baby back in November. He is the cutest little guy and we are so blessed to have him in our family. Here he is along with his pretty mama. ¬†He is so adorable and I can’t wait to see him again!
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During Christmas my whole family was able to get together and we all loved spending time with each other and our new nephew.
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Here are both of my wonderful nephews together! Nephews are the best!
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In February, we had our youth Disciple Now! Our speaker this year was former NFL Player and current youth pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church , Daryl Jones. He did such a great job teaching the students the truth of the gospel! And as a bonus we got to meet his wife and baby! We were all so blessed to have them visit us.
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Next I wanted to just say how awesome our youth group is! We have the best students and we have been loving getting to hang out with them!
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In February, Emmanuel and I got to go to the High School Girls State Basketball Tournament in Austin along with my mom. It was a lot of fun and our girls did so good!
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While we were in Austin we decided to stop at a food trailer park and got chicken cones from Mighty Cone. If you’ve never been you should definitely check it out, they are¬†so good!
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I know there is more I could post, but I will leave it at that. I will try to start being more regular with my posts since I know I’ve been slacking recently.
Also, just so you know there are a few more ideas, and dreams in the works over here that I’m sure I will fill you in at some point, but for now you can just imagine what they might be. ūüėČ
Have a happy Tuesday!

From the rooftops I proclaim That I am Yours

I stumbled upon this video today and it is so good! These boys are truly talented and I love that they are using their talent for the Lord! Enjoy!

“Rooftops” by Jesus Culture

Here I am before You, falling in love and seeking Your truth
Knowing that Your perfect grace has brought me to this place
Because of You I freely live, my life to You, oh God, I give
So I stand before You, God
I lift my voice cause You set me free

So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours

All the good You’ve done for me, I lift up my hands for all to see
You’re the only one who brings me to my knees
To share this love across the earth, the beauty of Your holy worth
So I kneel before You, God
I lift my hands cause You set me free

So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours
All that I am, I place into Your loving hands
And I am Yours, I am Yours

Here I am, I stand, with arms wide open
To the One, the Son, the Everlasting God