A little explanation about where I’ve been

As the title suggests, I haven’t been around much in the blogging world lately. A measly two posts this year so far, and both of them back in January. Close to six months of silence– yikes! IMG_6591 Several months ago, life became such that actual blogging was just not happening.

It turns out that my January 2nd post was more on-target than I imagined at the time. Sometimes God does things in our lives that we never expected or even dreamed of. Perhaps you know what it’s like to just be traveling down the road of life, and suddenly, sometimes out of nowhere, we find ourselves at a major bend in the road. Other times, we can see the bend way off in the distance, on the horizon, and we know change is coming. Either way, the major bend can be a lot to work through. Change can mean deep waters sometimes. It can even be heartbreaking, in a good way, or in a bad way.

Change can also be good. It pulls us up out of our comfort zones. It causes us to see things in a new light. It can bring life sharply into focus again.edit5God has called us away from our home and ministry of nineteen years in the Shenandoah Valley, and has brought us out to the plains of Illinois. We have said plentiful and painful goodbyes to family and dear friends. Part of our hearts will forever be in Virginia.

So, that’s where I’ve been. That’s where we’ve been, all ten of us. Turning a corner, closing a chapter, going through a season of change, experiencing the end of an era, uprooting after nineteen years.

I think I’m starting to come up for air after these intense several months. There is much I’d love to share. God has been teaching me so patiently as we have gone through this experience. He shows such great mercy to our faltering steps.IMG_6596Now, instead of our beloved mountains, we have the wide open sky. Our faith has been stretched to new levels. There have been many questions. There still are. But the bottom line is, we are here to follow His call. There is no doubt that God is the One Who has done this.

We have a new home here, one that we hope to move into soon, maybe sometime in the next few weeks…? (And I don’t want to hear the word septic again for a VERY long time.) We have a new ministry here, of an entirely different sort than before. And most importantly, we serve the same God here. edit7Life is an adventure! Whether you find yourself rooted or uprooted today, settled or unsettled, remember the Ever Faithful One. Rest in His love. Find joy in His plan. Remember Jesus Christ Who is our Hope, our King and the only true Savior. Trust Him even when nothing is making sense. (I’m preaching to myself here…) “He knoweth the way that I take…” Job 23:10IMG_6645“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Psalm 115:1

“But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!” Psalm 115:18

Your Home and God’s Kingdom

Be encouraged today, dear ones!edit5I know it’s easy to get discouraged. We hear bad news everywhere. Kids are departing from the faith. Hate and violence overwhelm our streets. Churches are shutting down. Families are splitting apart. Unrighteous lawmakers seem to prevail. Children are abused. Our world seems to be going crazy in many respects.

Fear and sadness grip our hearts as we hear of these things. But is this the whole story? Are there any battles being won for righteousness? Are there any advances being made for the kingdom of Christ in our world today?eeditOh, yes. Yes, there are! Continue reading “Your Home and God’s Kingdom”

A Coat Rack for the Old Farmhouse

Old farmhouses present unconventional problems. In certain places there are things like floors that aren’t level and lathe-and-plaster walls that crumble when you try to screw or nail things into them. Our front hallway has both of these problems. But, we needed a coat rack. The small coat closet didn’t provide enough room, not to mention that the younger ones couldn’t reach high enough to hang the coats in it.

A year or two ago, I had an idea. The unused space beside the front door would be the perfect spot for a coat rack. The floor beside the door is not level, so something would have to be hung on the walls, which, as I mentioned, are crumbly, and would never be sturdy enough for a coat rack with all the weight of the coats hanging on it. After considering my options, assisted by my trusty crew, we came up with this. Continue reading “A Coat Rack for the Old Farmhouse”

My Favorite Christmas Tradition

Simple traditions are the ones I love best. They stand the test of time. No matter how hectic the holiday season becomes, they still endure.

We started one of those simple traditions about five or six years ago. All you need are four candles and voices joined together in song. I’m so excited to share with you Continue reading “My Favorite Christmas Tradition”

It’s OK to live a cluttered life (there are many things worse).

I have just emerged from the basement, where I am making a valiant effort to de-clutter.  I almost drowned in a sea of game pieces, puzzle pieces, stuffed animals, dress-up clothes, wooden blocks, trains, dolls, legos, and everything in between. I have lived to tell the tale, but the clutter is not conquered. I would say I made a dent in it.

Minimalism. We see it talked about all over the place. And hey, I get it. Materialism has taken over America. Americans seem to live to get more things, and then need time to take care of those things, and then need time to get rid of things, Continue reading “It’s OK to live a cluttered life (there are many things worse).”

God of the Very Small

{I wrote this several years ago. The photos were taken by Katelyn during a family day at the Blue Ridge Parkway, although not the same day referenced in this article.}

“Look at this, Mom!” My daughter ran up and handed me a lacy green fern leaf. We both gazed at it for a moment, a delicate and detailed specimen.

Our family was enjoying a day together with friends on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had just gazed Continue reading “God of the Very Small”