Israel crawls!

It seems like we have gone through a lot of ups and downs over the past few years, and just when we feel that our hearts are too heavy, God is so gracious to breathe life and hope in us. Moving to Brooklyn has been the hardest thing we've done in our marriage. Don't get me wrong, we love it here and we know for sure that this is where God has called us. We are confident in the work that is to be done here and Will is living his dream job.

Recently with all of the sleep issues, it seems like we have been in a really hard season... We miss our always available college students who could watch the kids on a moment's notice! We miss being close to family. There have been days where we desperately cry and moan for God to hear us.

Then... as always... God is faithful. He shows us scriptures. He gives us hope.

This weekend, Israel started crawling. I was FaceTiming his grandparents and Israel just pulled up to all fours and took off. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but at four years old, this is huge. For literally YEARS we have been working on this! Our little man has endured hours and hours of therapy where he was placed on his hands and knees and we moved one hand and one knee repeatedly. I recently talked to one of his therapists who said that they were focusing on crawling because it is so important for other transitions, for his hips and arm strength. Even though he scoots on his bottom, crawling is a necessary process for our son!

So, we rejoice. We feel so thankful for a boost when we needed one. Although parenting Israel has been the hardest thing, it has been the most rewarding. Every little thing is huge. Every milestone deserves a shout of praise. We are so in awe of God's timing and goodness to us.

Since we moved to Brooklyn five months ago, Israel pulled to stand on his own, cruised along furniture, crawled, and has learned countless new words. He's making SO MUCH PROGRESS! It is affirmation for us that God brought us here with many purposes, and one of them was for the restoration and hope of Israel Biruk. We have continually clung to John 9 when the man who was born blind was healed. We are praising God for making Israel specifically how he is because we know that "it happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life" (John 9:3). Our little buddy is a constant display of God's work and glory. And he's crawling!