We're actually moving out of our house, the house we had built as newlyweds seven years ago. It's the house my sister-in-law lived in with us for six years, the house we brought our babies home from the hospital to, the house where we've hosted Christmas dinner and a dozen tea parties and made a million memories.
And we're moving. Like...this week.
A week from now, we'll be spending the night in a different house.
And it hasn't sunk in yet.
I am excited! I really am.
I am looking very much forward to starting a new phase of life for our family. I know that God is leading us along and He has blessed our journey immensely in the last few months.
We asked for God to lead us, to open and close doors. The house we fell in love with on 3.25 acres that backed up to a mountain? Was rented out to someone else. Door closed. We only had one family see our house and they put in an offer and are so excited to move in. Door open. My friend's rental a block away? It won't be vacated in time. Door closed. A rental 3 miles from my husband's job, with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths that even has a "morning room" like the one I have now? Available, adorable, affordable and move-in ready. Door open.
Turns out the door He opened on our next home is green, my favorite color.
God has answered our prayers. We know He is directing our steps in this process to simplify, down-size and refocus on what's important.
And at some point, probably very soon, I will realize how much I'll miss this place. It will eventually hit me.
But for now, I decorate the new house in my mind. In my imagination, between wrapping tea cups in newspaper and stacking books in diaper boxes, I choose paint colors, I accessorize and I move furniture. I think about where we'll put the Christmas tree this year and the beachy artwork I'll hang in the downstairs powder room and the neighborhood ladies that will come over for playdates. I picture crafting upstairs while the boys play in the loft. I think about hosting Andrew's birthday party in the "tot lot" at the end of our block.
I know it will be amazing because God is in it.
21:: free boxes from friends
22:: my sister-in-law offering her guest bedroom and garage as storage
23:: my next craft room feeling like a tree house
24:: knowing how many people have prayed for us during this process
25:: praying for our future neighbors
26:: having a whole new neighborhood in which to spread the Gospel
27:: knowing there are no coincidences, only God-incidences
28:: thinking about how little "stuff" we actually need for the next year
29:: my grandmother being excited about seeing our new place when she visits
30:: not feeling stressed during a stressful time
31:: moving 70 avenues away, which isn't that far
32:: being just far enough away to really be "getting away"
33:: the prospect of a fresh start
34:: going where no one knows you
35:: being closer to my folks
36:: deepening our trust in the Lord
37:: decorating with a new color scheme
38:: a rental that's move-in ready
39:: parents who come to see our new place
40:: knowing that with God, there's no such thing as a downgrade
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