Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year! New Adventure!

Over 2 years have passed since I last updated this space of the world.  I love writing here and have missed it immensely.  Over the past 2+ years many things have changed and many things are about change.  That is why I am revamping the blog.

First, we must rewind to a little over a year ago...

As I mentioned in my last post, we moved to a new house after looking at moving closer to Rob's work.  We love this house and its location.  However, there were some things going on and I felt stirred to pray about Rob's current job situation.  He had been with this company for around 20 years and they have been so good to us, but we both felt like something needed to change.  So, I just started praying...I can't tell you exactly what I was praying but it was something along the lines of "change".  About a month after I started praying this Rob called me and said, "Are you sitting down?"  I replied, "no, why?"  He said, "What exactly have you been praying?"  My first thought was, oh crap!  He's losing his job!  ok...I prayed about this so if so, it's all good.  He proceeded to tell me that the company was being bought and what the could mean for him and us.  My heart started beating at a more normal pace and I wasn't freaking out as much.  I just kept thinking, I prayed for change and this is definitely that so it's going to be fine.  Different, sure.  Hard, maybe.  But fine nonetheless.

Fast forward a few months...

Things with the buying/selling of the company were almost final.  Rob was approached with the question if we would relocate.  See, the main office would now be in Boise, Idaho not Newport, Kentucky.  We talked about it and felt like we needed to say yes we would be willing.  If I had prayed about "change" then I had to be willing to go where God was leading.  Last December Rob and I both took a trip to Boise to see if we really were willing to move.  To our surprise, we both really liked it.  It has the same Midwest feel as Ohio but with mountains!  Time passed and nothing really ever came of the relocation.  We continued to settle into our new (we've lived here for 2 1/2 years now) house, doing remodeling projects and such.  We switched churches (another post for another time) and have fallen in love with it and met new friends that we are coming to adore.

Then about a month ago Rob came home from work and we had a very emotional conversation...relocating had been brought back up.  This time it was very serious.  We spent a week praying and seeking counsel and asking a lot of questions.  We talked to the kids and told them what was going on.  We asked how they felt and told them to start praying.  They could pray that we do move or don't.  They could tell God they don't want to or they do.  We encouraged them to have their own faith journey in this process.  After nearly a month we had all the information we felt we needed to make a decision.  It is with great excitement we announce we will be relocating to Boise!!!

Even typing that makes my stomach flip and feels's not.  As you can imagine there is many emotions with this decision...fear, excitement, anticipation, and the list goes on.  Rob and I truly believe this is a huge faith step and are very excited about what God is going to do in our lives over the next year.  We will absolutely miss our family and friends and our church and our house.  However, for the past few years our motto has been, "our biggest blessing could be on the other side of the hardest yes."  We adopted that phrase before I went to Africa because I was terrified to go.  It turns out, one of my greatest blessings was indeed on the other side of the yes to go.  I believe the same about this.  I don't know what God has in store but I believe it will be a blessing.  Hard, yes.  Different, sure. But a blessing nonetheless.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Closing Day

Today is closing day people!! To say I am a bit excited is kind of an understatement.  We have been packing and doing all kinds of work to get ready for this day.  The next week will be pretty crazy because we have some sort of work being done at the new house everyday and then we move on Thursday.  But I say, "Bring it on!!!"

You might be wondering where we are moving. Or maybe you don't care.  Either way, I am going to give you a little back ground on this process we have been going through for the past several months. 

A few months ago Rob's office moved.  Now instead of a 30 minute commute he has an hour to an hour and half commute.  And a few nights it has been a 2 hour commute.  For several months we have talked, prayed, fasted and considered moving to another state because of this commute.  It made sense in our heads...add 3 hours back into our family, save on gas money, keep the mileage down on Rob's car, be closer to his work so he could meet us for lunch, come to the kids school activities.  The list goes on and on of logical reasons to move.  We tried to move.  We looked at houses.  We contacted schools. We researched good areas to live.  But we kept getting the answer no.  It was a rough couple of months.  The weekend before we put our house on the market we spent a whole day down by Rob's work.  We drove by A LOT of houses and drove around the community.  We both came home that night with the same feeling...if we move there we are being disobedient.  Makes zero sense to most people.  But we are not most people. We had prayed and asked God to speak very clearly to us and that day He did.  And while logistically it makes sense to move closer to Rob's work, for whatever reason, we believe God wants us to stay in the community we are in. We are not sure why, but we are choosing to trust His plan.

We really didn't think we would move from the house we live in now.  But again through a series of kind of random events we found a house and absolutely fell in love with it.  I'm not lying when I say as soon as we pulled in the driveway I knew it was our house. Now, I'm not say the Lord spoke to me or it was some divine moment.  I am simply saying, I had a feeling.  It felt like home.  It felt like us.  It had everything I would ever want in a home and then some.  And ever since we made the offer on the house I can see God's hand in all the details.  It has been so much fun to watch Him work. 

We are super excited for the next chapter of our lives and what He has for us.  We want our family to be used for His glory and His kingdom purpose.  We trust that while this season may be hard and we may need to sacrifice some things, like family time and gas money, he has a purpose.  And we fully believe that in obedience to Him there is great blessing.  Blessings always out weight the sacrifice. We trust that it will all be worth it.

Friday, July 31, 2015


It has been exactly 10 years that we have lived in our house.  It is the first home Rob and I bought.  I remember the first time we drove by it...Rob had found it online and he took me by to show me.  We weren't even really looking to buy a house. We sat outside and prayed.  Roughly 3 days later we made an offer.  We bought this house with the intention of it being a "starter" home.  Live here for a few years and then move to something bigger.  Time kept passing and I began to think we would never leave.  I began to settle in and dream of what the future would hold in this house.  Now 10 years later we are preparing to move.  After many long conversations we put this house up for sale.  3 days and 12 showings later we had received and accepted an offer. 

There is a part of me that is sad about leaving this little place we have made a home.  I think of all the memories we have made here.  Bringing a baby home, potty training, first steps, first days of school, holidays, baking days, pillow mountain, playing in leaf piles and the snow, squirt gun fights, sleepovers, many fires in the fireplace, and neighbors that have become friends.  This house holds a lot of love.

I keep remembering that those memories and love go with us wherever we go.  With each picture I take off the wall and each item I pack up this house feels less and less like home.  It is feeling more like a place we are staying.  God has been preparing me to say goodbye to this special place that holds so many memories and to move on to the next chapter of our lives. We will move on to a new house.  We will begin to make new memories, hang new pictures, and make a new house our home.

In 3 short weeks we will be signing papers and handing the keys over to a new family so they can begin making their own memories in this house.