Well hi there, old friend!
Much to my dismay, Kevin and I didn’t get to take our annual “New Year’s Getaway” to plan and dream for 2016. That would be why you didn’t get an enthusiastic blog post full of !!!!!!!!! and confetti and Livspiration. It’s also why you didn’t get a memory post about the best of 2015. And I didn’t post a best nine because EMBARASSINGLY, two of my five selfies were in the best 9! Gross.
But what we did get to do these last three weeks, was pack our rhinocerously big house into boxes with three kids under the age of four. And then unpack it in a size half the space! Doesn’t that sound like fun!? (you can read about our operation downsize here)
My answer is YES! IT WAS SO FUN!
Why? Because two years after deciding we didn’t love our big house anymore, we finally sold it! Ideal timing to move a week after Christmas? Not in my opinion. How about moving in the dead of winter? Suck. How about finding a house in three days when pretty much everything is pulled off of the market? Slim chance.
But once again God’s timing was ridiculously better than ours.
We are OBSESSED WITH OUR NEW HOUSE! Christmas was still sweet and magical. Our moving day was like 40 degrees and sunny. And God’s hand has been on every-stinkin-thing-else.
I was worried my heart would hurt. That I would fear we were making the wrong decision. (add a kid, shrink a house? Seems confusing.) That I might be so sad to say goodbye to the house we brought our second and third babies home to. But those worries never bloomed.
We were shocked at how peaceful our hearts felt through the whole thing. My stress levels probably never got over an 8 (on a 10 point scale…and that was on moving day when I realized I forgot my kids at preschool….30 minutes late and still working on forgiving myself). In fact, this whole last month our stress hasn’t even gone over a 3-4! How is that even possible?!?
I think it’s possible because:
- God. “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” -Matthew 19:6
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” -Genesis 18:14
2. Our people. You know who you are:
- You bubble wrapped wine glasses.
- You helped us cleanse.
- You watched our babies.
- You fed our grumbling tummies.
- You brought us coffee.
- You lent us your trucks and muscles and elbow grease.
- You encouraged us not to give up…to keep waiting…to follow God’s prompting to downsize even when the rest of the people cocked their heads and said “huh?”
- You hung out with our kids at the preschool until we finally remembered that we have to pick them up, even on moving day.
I’m utterly speechless about how amazing you actually are. Words just don’t do justice. So I’m going to take you all to Hawaii with all this extra money from the downsize. :D Okay, you know I would if I could.
Thank you for all of your encouragement and your love. To say I’m humbled by this move and what God is doing in our hearts is inadequate.
(and to say I’m thrilled about our new back yard being flat, awesome, and a harbor to a hot tub is also inadequate.)
Dream session 2016 might have to happen in the hot tub. <3
Do what you love and love what you do, it’s your life. Have an amazing weekend!