We are having lots of big changes around here at the Luidhardt household. First of all, Hayden just turned ONE on February 26th and just like that......... our baby is not necessarily a baby anymore!! I have lots of pictures of his birthday party coming in the next few posts. The pictures in this post are actually from a couple of weeks ago when he ate a chocolate cookie!! He can be pretty messy sometimes!! I can't imagine life without this little guy! He is such a blessing!
I (Annie) have alot of fun stuff going on too. First of all, I didn't mention it this summer but I stepped down from being the leader of ME Time (our mom's group that met once a month) and took a couple of months off. I felt as if God was calling me to take a little break and be home for while which was nice. A few months into my break I was asked to join Women's ministry at our church. After praying about it, I felt as if God was slowly calling me back into leadership. I am just a part of the team, not the leader, which is nice because there is not as much responsibility. It's been a good transition and I have enjoyed it thus far. One of the things I do is lead a Monday night Bible study in which we are doing Beth Moore's newest study called "Stepping Up." It's a wonderful study on the Psalms of Ascent and about taking the next step in our level of intimacy with God.
We also had a big change happen at our church. About two months ago our pastor of seven years broke the news that God was calling him to a different church. It is always so bittersweet when you have to experience a transition like that and even though it is a good thing there is always some sadness and grief to lose such a great Pastor. We are truly excited for what God has planned for him at his new Church in Nashville, Tenn!! As well, we are looking forward to what God has planned for our church too! We know he has an awesome pastor out there for us and we can't wait to meet him. God has also given me the opportunity to be on the Pastoral Search committee which is very exciting. Pray that our Church seeks God in this transition even more so then ever and that we will know as a committee who God is calling to be our next Pastor!
Finally, one our biggest changes has been that Gene started a new job just two weeks ago. It certainly was an answer to prayer and something that has been on our hearts for more than two years. It was a little frustrating to wait for a new job to open it's door but as I look back in hindsight at all those closed doors ..... I am glad we waited for this one!! During the last two years, our desire was for Gene to find something that would work better with our family. We have found it!! Gene is now working for Western Southern Life selling life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, and other financial products. The schedule is so great and flexible. He won't have to work any weekends now!! (I am not a single mom at Church anymore!!) He can always plan to be off in time for Church on Wednesdays too which is wonderful. He actually has time in the morning now because he doesn't have to be there until 9, so he has time to run, do his devotionals, and eat breakfast with us which is awesome! If he doesn't need to meet with a client he can also come home for lunch because work is only a few minute away! He has all the major holidays off and he will even get Good Friday off this year!! (In the past he has had to work on Easter once!!! Crazy huh!!) There are actually many more benefits but I don't have time to mention them all! He is loving it! Right now he is still going through the training process but he is catching on fast.
He looks so handsome in all his dress up clothes!!!!!!