Sunday, July 15, 2012

We've moved and settling in..

It's been a few weeks since we moved into our little 'Grandma' house of 748 sq. ft.  The move went well. We had plenty of strong help. (Boy did I feel old on this move compared to the last one!) The house and garage filled up fast with towers of boxes. So much so that we were not able to move the items in our 10 x 10 storage unit on the initial move. I finally was able to move them this past week. Lots of decision making because there is no way that we can fit everything we own into this house. I have a very large pile of STUFF ready for a garage sale. I've also sold some items on Craig's List and have more listed. We're using the money to pay for some dental work. :-) 

 I've spent over 5 years downsizing and really thought that this move would not be that difficult. We sold a LOT of stuff when we sold both of our previous homes.  I knew I'd have to get rid of some things but never imagined the magnitude. Frankly, there were so many times that I felt overwhelmed and wasn't sure how I was ever going to manage all of the work ahead. But, God continued to guide and direct.. even  the simplest of decisions. I'd pray and ask for His direction and it never failed that an idea would eventually come that worked perfectly.

Our new home. The grass is slowly coming back to life.
I'm so thankful that I didn't get rid of any organizational baskets,etc.  because they have really come in handy to make use of every nook and cranny of our small home.

This is what amazingly floors me.. this house does not feel small at all. I'm being honest. We have plenty of room and it feels spacious. God knows exactly how to prepare His children for what lies ahead.  After living in a barn studio and as a caregiver in less than 300 sq. ft. this home feels roomy to us. Isn't that amazing?  Now, I can imagine that if we had gone from nearly 3,000 sq. ft. to 748 sq. ft. we'd feel cramped and complain. God knew the exact circumstances that would prepare our hearts for our future home and gave us 2 1/2 years to practice living in an even smaller space.  He's so smart!!! *Smile*

I think if I had to choose 1 theme that would describe these past few years I would say it's 'live for today'. Some describe it as living in the 'present moment'. I believe the Lord will continue to teach and train me to live in the present moment until I leave this world. It seems that I've been in His classroom for many years with one situation after another chosen for me that I would not have chosen for myself. It never immediately comes easy to stay focused on living for His glory TODAY but peace is always found when I submit to His assigned portion.
My granddaughters spent the night Friday and made chocolate chip cookies.
 I may or may not have a job next month so I'm again placed in that situation where I cannot assume what my future may hold. I'm a planner. I want to have all my ducks in a row but that is not what God has assigned. So, I continue to reign my thoughts and fears back to what God's Word says.. not to worry about tomorrow... for today has enough problems of it's own... and to remember that God cares more for me than He does the creatures He has created ... and He takes care of them just fine. Mt. 6:25-34

Living is quite the adventure.. wouldn't you say?

May we live (coram Deo) before the face of God,


  1. I was just thinking of you earlier today and wondering how the move was going. Your house looks like an adorable cottage, and speaking of adorable, your granddaughters are just that. How nice you all live so close to each other! What a blessing! Thanks so much for sharing your heart and all you are learning.

  2. Congratulations on your new home and moving in!
    I know trying to get organized and situated again will take some time, don't over work to get things done all at once. Have a wonderful evening!

  3. I've been thinking of you also.... hoping/praying the move would go smoothly for you.

    I love the nice clean look of your new home..... your granddaughter's are so pretty..

    Moving is so hard..... and getting rid of things and deciding what's to stay or go..... that's so hard.

    You're planted where you're supposed to be....
    Hugs and prayers,

  4. Living is indeed an adventure. So glad you are now moved in to your lovely home.

  5. I think your new home is cute as a button and so are your grand daughters.

    you know, I also like to have all my ducks in a row but I guess God does not always let that happen as He wants us to rely on him.

  6. Glad to hear you're settled in. It looks so cute and cozy. Following your situation has taught me to be ready for what God wants to do.

  7. You house is so sweet! And so are your granddaughters! How nice that they can come over and do fun things at your house! Enjoy your new cottage!

  8. Is it hard to sell on Craig's list? It all takes time, doesn't it. I think of Michael Card's lyrics "the freedom we feel with the things we've left behind". Glad for this home for you and for the necessary dental work.

    Hugs and prayers,

  9. What a happy little house! And your granddaughters look even happier.
    I tend to be a planner by nature, too. But I've found that in my life, the Lord puts the new situations on me at the last minute. He knows I'd overplan them ad nauseum, I suppose, so throwing me into the "fire" without any forewarning is His way of teaching me to trust Him completely.
    Praying for your dental work and that you get settled into your new home!

  10. Your new home is adorable. What doesn't fit will make its way out of your life - most "stuff" one doesn't really need anyway.

  11. FINALLY :) I know that you both have to be so happy to finally have your own place again!

    Blessings to you,


  12. I love your blog I just found it today. I was just at The prudent homemaker .com I go there for encouragement and inexspensive food ideas. I think you might like it. Thank you for sharing your life I love your new home. What darling grandkids .

  13. What a wonderful blessing...your new house looks lovely.

    May Our Lord continue to be your guide as you begin to make this abode your home.


  14. nice post thanks for sharing i found you thrue other followers looking for to visit more blessings across the miles

  15. What a cute, cute home! I love it! Your grandaughters are so cute and sweet looking. I count my blessings each day that I have my husband, kids and grandkids.

  16. Thanks so much for the scones recipes!

  17. Yes, life is an adventure for sure. Not always an easy one, but God is always with us.

    Your new home is adorable. When it comes down to it, none of us really need very much, do we.

  18. I'm so happy for you to be in your very on home and to be near your family. Your granddaughters must love coming to visit, they're so cute.
    Yes, life is an adventure! I'll keep you and your job in my prayers.


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