Running to Virginia

If you follow me on social media, then you already know our big news. We are moving! It would be so easy for me to leave it at that. Three simple words. We are moving. But this decision has been anything but simple. Behind those three words is a big story and I am going to do my best to write it. I. It was months ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was leaning on the doorframe of our laundry room, tears streaming down my face. Phillip and I were having the same conversation … [Read more...]

Intersections

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying your summer. I have missed being here but my time away was intentional and profitable both personally and spiritually. These past 10 months I have blogged my way through a very introspective personal and spiritual journey and I appreciate you sticking around. Sometimes I wish I had just kept this all to myself so I could appear more together than I really am, but I want to be authentic and if I wait until after I have it all figured out, there will never … [Read more...]

Seasons Change

We've had an unusually rainy and cool summer down here in Georgia. Even though the calendar says we have four weeks until autumn, the school bus driving up the street, the cozy cardigan I am wearing, and hot cup of coffee I am sipping, leads me to believe that autumn has already arrived. I've been thinking a lot about seasons and change lately. When I wrote back in February that I felt like I was entering into a season of quiet, I had no idea that six months later, I would still be here, … [Read more...]

We Survived Another Summer Camp!

My husband is a youth minister and every summer, we work two weeks of church camp. This year, my husband was the camp director for the state, so we attended all four weeks of camp and I am happy to say that we not only survived...we had a GREAT time! The first week, we hosted the Boys and Girls Club Marching Band from Montego Bay, Jamaica. They were so much fun to hang out with and we were sad to say goodbye. Several of our friends who work camp have kids the same age as the boys, so … [Read more...]

Moving On

I'm sorry that I have been so quiet here and on social media lately. It's been one thing after another around here and whenever life starts feeling overwhelming, I tend to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the online world. If you had told me back in November that this transition of commuting and trying to sell our house would take over six months, I would have told you that I would not be able to survive that long. But here we are, six months later, and although it has difficult, the … [Read more...]

Under Contract

Our house is finally under contract! Despite my being a fair weather fan, God has been faithful. We are supposed to close on the sale of this house on April 29th and we are beginning the process to purchase the house with stairs. A year ago I would have told you that it would take a miracle for me to ever leave this house, but God performed a miracle in my heart and now I am so excited about moving and making our new house a home. Please pray with me that the closing process of both … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Hello {January 2013 edition}

January has been a fun and busy month! :: in the ministry :: We are settling in well at our new church and making lots of friends. Phillip and I have been working on redesigning our student center, and we turned the old game room into a cool coffee shop where I have had a lot of fun painting and thrifting and decorating. The boys love hanging out at the student center all day because the main room is a big as a gymnasium and it has concrete floors - the perfect place to ride trikes and … [Read more...]

Ready to Bounce Back

I have to be honest with you. I have been off my game for a bit. I am a person that thrives on rhythm, routine, and schedules. I do not like surprises. I do not like chaos. And lately, my life has felt a little chaotic. I think it all started in October. We went to our fall student retreat, then left immediately for vacation, then I left immediately for Allume, and then we took a new ministry job at a church an hour away, then we put our house up for sale, and since then we have been … [Read more...]

Trusting God with the Details

So we went and looked at the house today. You know, the one with stairs. And guess what? It actually has two staircases. The main staircase near the front door, and a hidden set of stairs that go from the upstairs bonus room to the downstairs laundry room. For a 4 year old boy who desperately wants stairs, I can’t think of anything cooler than a hidden, secret staircase. The house is exactly what we are looking for with some added bonuses. It actually has 4 bedrooms, plus a large bonus … [Read more...]

Losing It

A few months ago, I sat on the floor of my dining room turned crafty home office, with a large pad of paper and black sharpie marker in hand. From time to time I feel the need to re-evaluate my life and my goals, and this was one of those days. Across the top of the paper I wrote, My life is a gift from God. How am I going to live it? I began to write down the categories of my life: wife, mother, homemaker, home educator, minister. I then began to list changes and improvements that I needed to … [Read more...]