Sunday, August 28, 2016

remodel

Our move to Kentucky felt (actually still does feel) like such a whirlwind. Although, the talk of moving had come up and we knew there was a potential for a job change, it didn't seem real. It felt like a far of, never going to actually happen, conversation. So, when Caleb was offered a job at Southern Seminary, the same day Everly was born, it shocked me a bit. I'm actually still in shock. But here we are and even though we were a bit surprised by it all God was not. This was part of his plan for our family all along. That's so comforting. 

Between Everly being born and Caleb not having time off at his old job before we moved, we weren't able to come to Kentucky to look for a house before we moved. My parents very graciously offered to come look for us. I really don't know what we would have done if they hadn't come. So much of this move and our new house was made possible because of their selflessness and generosity. We are incredibly thankful for such wonderful parents! They flew to Louisville and looked for three straight days, but didn't find anything. My dad knew how important some land was to Caleb and didn't want to give up looking until he found it. I didn't want to be too far away from Caleb's work and those two desires made finding a home pretty challenging. When they boarded the plane to come home and we had no options for a place to live I really wondered what we were going to do. God has always provide amazing homes for us with incredible stories of how we got there and I knew this would be the same, but I was anxious for us to have some answers. Well, when my parents landed they stopped by a place to eat on their way home and my dad pulled up his computer to look and see if anything popped up while they flew home. It was right then that he found the house. They drove right over to showed us the house they thought we should get. After spending three days looking for homes, they had a good feel for where we might want to live. It wasn't too far from work and had a gorgeous big yard. My parents said that the location was ideal and we weren't going to find anything like it. 

When I saw pictures of the house my heart sank a little. It was a real fixer upper. We were moving across the country, starting a new job, and had a baby. I really didn't know about taking on this house. But when Caleb asked me what I thought, I knew there wasn't even a question. We were going to get it. My feelings were all over the place, but God gave me a peace and I knew this was where we were supposed to be. We only saw the few pictures online, had no idea of the lay out, and knew there were a number of things that needed work, but we put our offer in and it was accepted. 

Now here we are and there are days I want to cry, and do cry, cause there is so much work. I'm exhausted, but it's our home and we are so excited about making it our own. The kids love it and I haven't ever doubted this is exactly where God wants us. We are taking on projects and the first major one is the Master Bedroom and bath. We've already painted almost every room in the house, pulled up some carpet and done a lot of cleaning. It's helped make the place more livable while we start taking on the bigger projects one at a time. I love a good before and after and I love see what people do with their homes, so I thought I would invite you all to follow us while we take on our own fixer upper. 

Our focus during this process will be to create a home that is centered on glorifying God in all we do. We hope the home we created is a joy to our children and each other and a place that will be used for serving and blessing others. We want to enjoy the process and not just long for the result. Of course we will be working with a budget and that will influence much of our decision process. We also want to update the home without completely changing the feel of the home. 

Here is the major reason we bought this house....the land.







Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tucky


When we told the kids we were moving to Kentucky Amelia started telling everyone we were moving to "Tucky." Elijah and Vanessa tried correcting her, but it didn't work and Tucky stuck. We've finally made it here. We arrived about 6 weeks ago and it's been a blur. 6 weeks ago feels like a yesterday and a year ago all at the same time. 

We've gone non stop since we arrived. Caleb started work at one of the busiest times and had a fast approaching deadline for 10 projects when he started. I've been trying to stay afloat working on getting the house in order, taking care of Everly, and all the children as they adjust to living so far away from everything that is familiar. As you can imagine we've had our fair share of hard days, but when I look at all that's taken place in the last couple months since we took the job, had a baby, and moved across country, I'm really in awe of God's kindness to us and know it's His strength that sustains us. 

I have some catching up to do, but I want to remember all of our adventure so I'm going to work writing back from when we first left our home in Idaho. We stayed with my parents our last week there. It was a week full of good and hard. Caleb worked tirelessly to pack up the pods and most nights didn't get into bed until 1 or 2 in the morning. Elijah finished his last week at school. I was busy with Everly and the girls and tying up loose ends. Emotions were high with so many good-byes and little sleep. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be to walk the children through all of their feelings while dealing with my own. When we walked Elijah out from school on his last day (we left school a week early) he slipped his hand in mine and quietly cried the whole way down the hall. We had an incredible first year of school and it's left a huge hole in our hearts. I worked hard to be strong for the kids and not let them see how hard saying good bye was and is for me, while also showing them it's okay to be sad and cry. It's not an easy thing to maneuver in the midst of it. I was reminded continually of my weakness. It kept me humbling relying on God. 




As hard as our last week was, it was also a very precious time to me, that I'm very thankful for. My mom and I worked hard together and laughed a lot as we got things done. She was and is always encouraging me in my walk with the Lord. She was always giving me bible verses and knew exactly what to say and when to say it. We talked a lot about grieving well and not sinning in the midst of our sadness. 




Caleb had the opportunity to officiate his first wedding. It was a great night. Caleb loved being apart of such a special time in our dear friends lives. Vanessa and Amelia were flower girls and thought it was the greatest thing. All three kids couldn't wait for the dancing so I stayed later with them and Caleb took Everly home. I really enjoyed some time with the older three since most of my time was going to Everly. They danced and danced. Elijah came over on his own and asked me to dance with him. It as precious. On our way home they asked if we could go to the wedding again the next day. It was a great night. 



We made sure we had time to say good bye to our close friends and even though no one loves good byes, it was good to see them all and let them know how much we loved them. 

We tried to get in as much time with my grandparents as we could. And the kids made lists of things they wanted to do before we left. Favorite restaurants and parks were visited. It was interesting to hear the places that mattered most to them. 

Someone shared with me Acts 17:26 "having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being." I've thought on this verse so many times, that God determined the amount of time for each place we will live and the boundaries for where we will live, and the purpose in it...that we might seek him and find him. It has carried me through times of second guessing what we are doing. 

On our way...



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