In March of 2013, my family settled in to what I hoped to be our forever home. Fast forward to May of 2014 and I sit in the city of Less Summit, Missouri. I had never heard of Lees Summit, Missouri. Everything changed in a very big whirlwind. I didn’t know Missouri was called the Show Me Sate and I had never heard of Abundant Life Church or Pastor Phil Hopper. I sit here tonight, grateful that during a very unsettling year of my life, I was able to blurt out some words to remember. Mostly, so I can remember what God did, how He cared for us, how He comforts, and how He teaches.
Here is the journey of our days during our last school year. I found myself reading it tonight . I pulled out some past posts that tell the story, part of the story. As always, with blogging I crave authenticity. At the same time, wisdom puts forth just part of the story. A blog post could never tell it all and some things just shouldn’t be said. So, here is the part that hopefully shares our feelings, our longing to be where God wants us, but most of all highlights His faithfulness.
The unknown is frightening.
Hebrews 12:2 But let us fix our eyes on God, the author and perfecter of our faith.
June 2013- May 2014 looked a little something like this…
Room 822. An overnight get away. How we did not understand at that time, but we very much we needed to be on the same page for what was coming up…God knew.
Trust. Oceans became on permanent repeat in my head and my heart. NOT a coincidence.
Setting Up Home. Little did I know, we would be leaving this gorgeous home just six months later.
Our Classroom! Hard work to turn our garage into our classroom.
Pink. Struggling with not having everything done and leaving on a trip to visit family.
First Day of School. I wasn’t prepared as I wanted to be, but it happened! I had high hopes for the year.
God Reads My Blog. My husband’s appendix burst into a million little bits.
The List. My husband chooses to resign His position and we step out on faith that God will provide a new ministry.
More Listy Type Things. Reality begins to sink in. We have really stepped out on faith. The days of our income are ticking.
Wednesdays. Sometimes God seems slow and sometimes He exceeds your expectations in ways you can’t fathom. God showed us our new ministry in Missouri.
House Hunting. Back to Missouri to look for a place to call home.
My Prayer. Thoughts just 19 days away from moving.
Six More Days. The last week in Cali.
I’m Kinda A Mess, But Not. On the road to Missouri.
We’re From California. Figuring out this new life.
What’s Up, Straws. Working through the homesickness.
I Don’t know When To Turn. Life in Missouri.
Home. Offer accepted!
I Miss My Chickens. Settling in.
Back To School, Again. Trying to regain some sort of normal.
The Hose. This story involves frozen barf and my lack of knowledge of how to deal with the cold.
The Post That Changed Me. Looking back on our time in our little paradise country home.
First Snow. And we do some major crushin’ on our first snow storm.
Life In Missouri. Joany goes home to be with Jesus.
But today. Putting my big girl panties on and finding some FUN.
That One Valentines Day. Shawn goes back to California for Joany’s celebration services and I fall and pee my pants, no really.
Just Some Stuff. We have keys!
Musings From Missouri. Getting settled, again.
Be Known. Visitors from Cali and aching for normal.
Our story is far from over. However, it has been 4.5 months since we arrived in Missouri and I would say we are settling in. We have no regrets. We are so grateful that God moved and brought us here. Moving 1800 miles away from your entire life is hard and will continue to be at times. That’s reality. However, it is also reality that we love our new life here. God cares about the itty bitty details and loves us so much. It’s sometimes hard to take in.
Now that the big move part is really over, I am looking forward to see what this next year holds. Life in all it’s daily glory. Trials and joys, hand in hand. I have learned to hold my plans a little more loosely than I did in days past.
Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.