Jim and I arrived safely in Elgin on Sunday night. Upon our arrival we had a wonderful surprise! We were informed that a) during training we will only be sharing our apt with one other couple for the first 8 days* and b) the housing coordinator had cleared the beds out of one of our three bedrooms so that we would have the small luxury of setting up a nursery for our baby girl!!**
Both of these things were unexpected blessings and we are truly humbled by God’s continued provision to meet the deepest desire of our hearts - Praise God!!
It's been such a delight to be reminded this week that God has and will continue to go before us as a family; that He’s not only preparing a place for us in heaven, but in every step along the way in our journey…He even prepared a room for our baby girl!! It is this Truth that we will continue to focus on throughout these coming weeks and I hope you will for your life, too!
May you be encouraged by these promises that God truly is who He says He is... also, we hope you enjoy the photos below of the nursery ...if you'd like to see more photos of our new apartment you can go to our facebook page: jimandsuzyolsen.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." - John 14:1-4
"I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
- Isaiah 41:9-11
The view from the doorway.
A close up of her books.
Her car seat and bassinet.
Baby clothes in the closet - she's all set!
*It is usually an intentional part of the training here at International Teams to live in community with one another and so they assign housing accordingly. However, with the news that we would be having a newborn they were able to make it work that we would have our own place once the baby arrives - this is a huge answer to prayer as Jim and I were a bit worried about inconveniencing others!
**Throughout the pregnancy we have been in so much transition, and will continue to travel throughout the first 6 months of our daughter’s life, that the notion of being able to set up a nursery and “nest” was never a realistic possibility in my mind. However, God is so good and has provided us with the opportunity to take the time to emotionally and physically prepare for the arrival of our daughter!