Friday, April 25, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Moving Day and Getting Settled

We have finally moved into our new home. It has been a roller-coaster ride - I keep singing the VBS song - Colossal Coaster Ride -  in my head.

We're at the gate and we can't wait to get inside and ride all the rides......
Colossal coaster world, facing fear, trusting God - with everything that we've got
He's given us the spirit of sound judgement from above
Can't wait to see how He's going to
Can't wait to see what He's going to do,
Through every twist and turn and dive,
Come one, get going!
We've got a ticket to Ride!

It seems very appropriate for this  age and phase of life! We're  facing lots of fears and trusting God. It was a long journey and now we get to sit back and enjoy the country ride and pace of life! We delt with a lot of delays, setbacks, stressed, anxiety prior to our move. We had a death in the family, moved 3 months later than expected, the driveway was removed on the new house only to be put back a month later, we had an easement issue, unexpected travel, the mourning of saying good-bye to our long time companion Kitty.  It was a rough November-January. We grew and were strengthened in faith and the Lord was near to us in all the unexpected chaos of life. We are now in, moved 4/28, and our lot size (1.5 acres) is perfect for our family (not too much to be overwhelmed, but enough to have chickens and a garden and an orchard), the price was just low enough for John to get that shop he always wanted! We feel immensely undeserving of what God has given us stewardship over.  The home we prayed for is perfect and came with many miracles and an unheard of price-tag (low, not high)! The builder was not the easiest to work with, but the price we locked in at last May was well below market value. It was overwhelming to sign on our house and realize we already had 50,000 in equity. The price was below our budget enough that John's shop is going to become a reality. He is beyond excited to start up his Wood Working business and have a stop that will meet his needs.

We have just a few months left of school - we're  diligently working to get it all done, which is easier when you stay home all day and have to plan visits to the grocery store!.

The kids are making a lot of new friends and I'm  enjoying gardening again. I missed the slow pace of life, the simple pleasures of growing a garden and beautifying the yard. Isaiah 58:11 sums up our new place in life. We are delighted with the move and room for our children to play and grow in the Lord. 

We are in a peaceful place!

And the LORD will continually guide you, 
And satisfy your desire in scorched places, 
And give strength to your bones; 
And you will be like a watered garden, 
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

Isaiah 58:11