sharing from my heart to yours
I thought I would jump on here and give a quick update before the choas begins.
This past month:
-We signed the final papers on our house at the end of August.
-There's been a couple of trips back and forth for me and the kids as we work on getting things ready there.
-We hauled over half of our stuff on that first trip, so many things are already there and unpacked.
-My mom came for a week and helped paint. We got TON done! Such a blessing!
-I've meet some of our neighbors and am thankful for them already.
-The kids are much more excited about the move after spending time at their new house and town.
-Last week, when I had hoped to connect with friends before leaving, we got hit with a HORRIBLE flu bug. Half of us have had it, so I'm praying the rest don't get it. Avoid it. It's bad.
-Some beautiful people threw an amazing surprise 30th birthday party for me and blessed my socks off. I got ridiculously spoiled, but it was such a fun time with friends. A memory I'll treasure with people who have helped make this place home the past 5 years.
-The cows have been sold. The chapter of farming is now ended. Bittersweet.
-On our final Sunday at church, 'our chapter' (Psalms 145) was read once again, reminding us of WHY.
-I am surrounded by empty walls, stacks of things needing to be put in boxes, and those empty boxes.
-We are feeling strange not having the schedule of chores.
-We are at peace and feeling good
-Last minute errands need to be run and visits made
-It is the calm before the storm again
-We are thankful
Also, many have asked about how we feel 'leaving' Skyler. And honestly, it doesn't really feel like we are. He will be just as much gone there as he is here, and just as much alive. None of us have ever felt a huge connection to his grave. While it is a special place, it's not a place where we go often, and we don't feel like he's more there than anywhere else. It is harder feeling like we're leaving the places where we have our last memories with him. But our memories can come with us. There is some sadness there too, but I don't feel like it is making the move that much harder. It may hit us more when we aren't able to go there on his birthday and things like that, but we will make new traditions in a new place. He will forever and always be a treasure in our hearts and a huge part of the memories of this place.
-We for sure have learned that the words to this song are true:
I don't know about tomorrow,
I just live from day to day.
And I don't borrow from the sunshine
'Cause the skies might turn to gray.
And I don't worry about the future,
'Cause I know what Jesus said,
And today I'm gonna walk right beside him
'Cause he's the one who knows what is ahead.
There are things about tomorrow
That I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.
And each step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb.
And every burden is getting lighter
And all the clouds, they're silver lined.
And, I'll bet the sun it's always shining
There no tears will ever dim the eye
And the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains, they touch the sky.
-We can make plans, we can prepare for the future, but things will happen as God wills either way.
- We have two days to finish what needs done here before we head to SD for the final time.
-Our plan is to take a couple of weeks to work on projects around the house and settle in before starting work and school.
- I've got Usborne parties scheduled, our first weekend company already slotted in, and a SD get together coming up, so life just keeps going!
-We are praying for a smooth transition and continued peace.
It has been so amazing how it has all worked so far. God truly leads his children along. Not one path is more important than the other. We are all on a different journey, but headed in the same direction in Christ. Where we live, who we spend time with, all things that are so small in the big picture. Our true Home is in Heaven, and we are all walking the bumpy road to get there. May more and more people in this world see that Truth, as these days feel so uncertain. God is our rock. Through the storm, through the joys. He is the Light who leads our way and directs our path.
Now it's time to get moving and start on that crazy to do list!
Thanks for keeping up with our journey and keeping us in your prayers!
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