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Thursday, April 19, 2012

the good-byes begin (a tribute to our home)

We’re selling our house.  Most of you who have been keeping up on our goings-on know that.  The time when we no longer own this place is fast approaching, in fact we’re moving this weekend.

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Three and a half years ago, we moved into this charming fixer-upper.  The house and yard had been neglected for a while, but boy did it have potential!! We cut down brush (and plenty of trees) that were much too overgrown and suffocated the property.  We loved on the house, remodeling both bathrooms ourselves, pulling up all that nasty carpet to expose those gorgeous hardwoods, transforming the second floor entirely with some paint & hard work.  Hopefully after these last three years of labor & love, its potential is starting to come to the surface. 

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I decorated the only way I know how – vintage loveliness – using what I have. I painted and re-painted until it was just right.

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Dan did what he does best – builds.  He built a fabulous sandbox playhouse out back (at the end of the sidewalk that went nowhere – remember “potential”). The following year he added a fort to the top, complete with trap door and slide.  He’s so gifted with his rough carpentry skills.  He built a fire-pit out there and we affectionately named the back “Camp 550” since 550 was our house number.

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Ethan was 13 months when we bought this place.  Nate and Evelyn joined our family since moving here.  This has been a wonderful home for our growing family and boy are we sad to leave it.  Lots of tears have been shed this week & I’m sure they will continue.

We’ve been talking to the boys about moving to Beaver and going to Africa, about what the Lord has called us to.  In Ethan’s words, “It will be a little happy and a little sad to move.  I’ll miss my fort.” 

We’re going to come back to this place next week to take the swings down with the kids, to let them play one more time on the fort, to say our good-byes to this home and to our great neighbors. 

We know that all that we own, including this house is the Lord’s anyway.  We are SO thankful for the blessing it’s been to our family these last few years and so we offer it back to Him this week. 

He has called us elsewhere, He’s taking care of each detail, one by one, and we are amazed to watch Him work.  He’s provided us a lovely move-in ready rental in Beaver that we’re able to stay in for 2 1/2 months.  He’s preparing us for our move to RVA this summer and He’s even preparing a place for us in Heaven. 

Blessed be His Name!  What a great God we serve!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Welcome to the month(s) of CRAZY

So its been since the end of January? Writers block perhaps?  Not enough going on to warrant a blog post?  Quite the opposite actually. I can easily say this is THE busiest time of our lives so far. And it's only going to get busier as time ticks on.  But we have had some mile-markers in the past few months.
 
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Evelyn Mae turned ONE on March 26!! We are so thankful for our little lady.
 
 
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Nate turned THREE on March 30th!  He is such a joker & we love him!
 
Our house is pending sale! Praise God! We are so thankful for the Lord's timing in this, however it hasn't been smooth sailing all the way. We have been jumping through hoops for our buyer and have a few more to go. Continued prayers for the sale process would be much appreciated as its looking like closing will be pushed back into May.
 
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Our support levels are at 90%! We have about 7 weeks to raise the last 10% of our monthly target before we are officially “released” to go. Truly, this has been the most rewarding & life-giving part of our journey thus far. We are so thankful to be first hand witnesses to the Body of Christ coming together in support of His work at RVA and us. It's been wonderful to build deep, meaningful relationships with those who are praying for us regularly and supporting us financially. We now have 57 monthly supporters & 36 who have given one-time gifts, and even more who have prayed with us & for us. THANK YOU! We know that the Lord has raised the first 90% and He will certainly raise this last 10%, but we find ourselves out of steam & at times weary. We ask for continued prayers for the support to come in, for encouragement & stamina to finish strong. He is our provider, Jehovah Jireh, and we trust in Him.
 
If you feel so led to support us monthly, please be in touch!  See one of the links on the right sidebar or be in touch with one of us.  We only have about $400/month to go! 
 
So in our up and coming months of crazy, we have to finish our physicals & immunizations, finish the sale of this house (hopefully!), figure out what we’re doing with everything we own, move out of our house & into a small house the Lord is providing, pack our lives into 15-20 bags, and spend meaningful time with our friends & family.  whew!  We speak candidly, but the stress & the decisions are real and we’d appreciate prayer for oneness in our marriage in the midst of all of this.  We’d appreciate prayer for our parenting in the midst of all of this.  That we would draw closer to Him who has called our family to this and lean on Him for our strength.  
 
Also, if we can be praying for YOU in any way, PLEASE let us know.  We’d love to be lifting you up in prayer this day and everyday. 
 
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