Friday, July 29, 2011

this old house...

Is our new our home!!! 

It seems as though this has been a long time in coming, but, we finally have a HOME!!!

We had been searching for a home and seeking Gods leading for quite a while, and as we thought about all of the possibilities for our future, a conversation I had with a friend a few months prior to going to Colombia stuck in my head.  She adopted a special needs child and made a comment something to the effect of: following God and doing that adoption was such an incredible, exhilarating, and wild ride that when it was all done, it was what?  A few years later, they started to take steps to do a second adoption, but soon felt that God did not want them to proceed.  They realized that for now, doing the seemingly "mundane", caring for their family, and ministering to others in their community is what they were supposed to do.

Doing what is in front of you, being diligent and obedient in the here and now, is just as important, although it may be much less exhilarating or glamorous at times.  It's all about God, and what He wants to do in and through you, and sometimes that may look like selling everything, and moving to a foreign country or, it may 'look' very normal and boring, but I assure you, if you are seeking opportunities to serve Him, He WILL give them to you, and your life WILL NOT be anything BUT normal and boring!

I get that!  We were sorta at that place, where, the adoption was done, we knew we had to move from our current house, and we wondered if God was going to use that, to send us elsewhere, especially when so many houses just didn't 'work out.'  But, we prayed that God would let us know what HE wanted for us, not what we wanted, {although to be honest, staying was my first choice, I find that alone unbelievable, as most of you know I came here kicking and screaming, so to speak.}

We are excited and once again humbled by the outpouring of love from our wonderful church family.  We are biting off a bit okay, way more than we can chew with this "fixer-upper" and once again our faithful friends are coming along side us and helping us out.  We really look forward to the day that we are NOT the recipients of the blessing, but the givers!!! 

Stay tuned, I will certainly be blogging about the before, during and after of our renovation {in reality, this old house could be a forever project, we are just hoping to get some of it done before the snow flies as we have to move in by then!}

We are really excited for it to be that a bad thing?


Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of character in that house! (Maybe characters later?) Love the porch all around.

I know a guy down the street that is good working with wood and could probably help you out, if he isn't driving over boulders!

Best wishes!

Karen Minnema

MBush said...

Congratulations! That looks like a house with HUGE potential!

Julie said...


Let me know when you need help and what help is needed and I'll be there. :-)

Anonymous said...

yay so glad you got your new house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!