Monday, July 16, 2012

what a year can bring


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I've been sifting through old posts.  Collecting my thoughts~collecting images.  It's been a year since we pulled our car out of Chaska, leaving Minnesota behind.  At that moment with the rain spitting on us, and a sad Amy Grant song filtering through my speakers, I felt such a heaviness.  We were leaving a place very dear to our hearts.  We had made a home in Minnesota, raised our girls up there.  We were leaving dear friends.  It was painful.



We knew God had a new chapter for us.  Mixed in with the tears was excitement.  And that's what propelled us forward into the unknown.  When I think back over this past year I think of us...



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fluffing a new nest...


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investing in new friendships...

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exploring new places...

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building our faith...

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the chick's spreading their wings...

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I think of our family becoming closer.  Of challenges that drew us together. 

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I think of those first few months and how hard they were.  How I ached inside for normalcy...for this place to feel like home.







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I think of God's promise to carry us through if we just took that giant leap of faith...and that's what it was.  There was no big flashing sign telling us it was the right decision. There wasn't even a real "this is it" feeling.  For us it came down to prayer, a hand raise and then a phone call saying we're in.  Talk about scary. 



We still are rooting in.  We have goals to be involved in our church.  We envision couples here for dinner and maybe a small bible study group.  Honey is still finding his footing with his career.  I'm seeking something new.  Something.  But collectively we are glad we decided to take that leap.  It's been a struggle at times, but our God is Faithful and no matter if this our forever home or not we are constantly reminded of His hand guiding us...leading us straight.  It really is amazing what a year can bring.





Have a blessed day.







662.  provision for the unknown
663.  His safety net
664.  the sweet friends in my life
665.  a home we love
666.  a church that speaks truth and worships freely
667.  smooth transitions for the girls

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39 comments:

  1. beautiful reflecting this morning, and i join you in proclaiming His faithfulness! He has always been faithful to me too, and i am awed whenever i look back and see so many promises fulfilled.

    sending you encouragement and joy.

    michele

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  2. I'm so glad that you feel this way today because I know those first few months, even this whole year, was challenging as you settled into a new state, a new home. What an incredible experience to up and move to a whole new place, something that will enrich all of your lives even though you loved the life you left behind. You're weaving such a rich and beautiful tapestry of a life for your family!

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  3. Your post made me cry this morning. Change is so hard. I can't imagine experiencing it with out the guiding hand of a loving Father. I hope you and your family are able to grow more roots this year.

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  4. Becky, this post was a real encouragement to me and right when I needed it. Our family just pulled up roots, deep roots and left our church. The only church I've ever known. It was a very difficult decision in some ways and easy in that we knew it was what God wanted for us. As I sat in our new church yesterday I looked around and wondered if there is anyone there that could be my friend. I know it takes time, but I am a little scared. You have given me hope and excitement to see what our future holds and all that God has for us. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. It has been a blessing to be a part of this year with you. Thank you for sharing the journey...and being vulnerable. Although we have not moved, we have walked a similar road in our lives this year, and I am so thankful for how the Lord continues to build our faith. As I type this Audrey Assad is playing through your pop up player. She is one of my favorites! Her lyrics so often speak my heart. Looking forward to what God has in store for this new year....for both of us!

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  6. Some times life guides us through amazing journeys!!

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  7. amen! He is faithful!
    how fun to look back and see what the year has brought.
    that's what i SO love about blogging...being able to look back and really remember and appreciate what HE has brought us through, and to be encouraged in it.
    i loved reading this this morning.
    xoxo

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  8. that must have been so hard to do...as is trusting Him all the time...He knows what is best yet we always muck it up with our own idea of what we think is best don't we? I have really liked following your journey -
    I hope you know how strong you are and what an inspiration you are Becky.

    xo+blessings,
    Anne Marie

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  9. I think that we can be happy in almost all places but it does take Faith and patience. It is so hard to leave friends and what is comfortable. I think you have done so well. It was easy to see how hard it was for you. So glad that things are doing well.

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  10. Amazing what a year can bring and STUNNING that it can fly by so quickly. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I wish you a wonderful 2nd year in VA. I still hope to run into you (metaphorically) some day. :)

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  11. It has been awesome to be on this journey with you. You are a testament to trust in God. Love you girl.

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  12. I loved reading this Becky....love your honesty too & that you didn't just say that it's been easy and life is fabulous....good for you for admitting that it is a challenge and one you are all working hard at at, I really admire you.

    Lovely photos....and beautiful music too XX

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  13. Wow, a year already. Speaking of your "faith' article - everytime I think about the holy water disappearing before it arrived to you I laugh. So happy I found your cute little blog and love following along on instagram. Have a blessed week :) xo

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  14. No wonder you were fragile last night!

    I love this reflective post.

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  15. I am so glad your year brought some amazing gifts, blessings, and peace! Lately, I have been thinking about what can happen in a year too! A year ago I was coming out of a pretty major funk/depression. I thought some things in my life were falling into place and I was getting ready to figure at least part of it out. Now, here we are, a year later. I am even less sure of having it figured out and changes are happening that have me pretty confused. So, I am hoping for somegood things that will lead to at least some settling down and in over this NEXT year.

    Hope. Faith. And a joyful countenance along the way. God's got this!

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  16. you have such beautiful blog now following

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  17. You moved from away from our neck of the woods. We lived in Burnsville, then Ohio, then Kansas City & are now back in Minnesota, this time in Rochester. Chaska is a lovely area, I'm sure it was hard to move away. But it's good to see you are exploring your new area and embracing new friends. With all the moving we've done, I sometimes get frustrated with God for this ministry journey that's involved so many moves and so few deep friendships. But ultimately He is in control and I trust His hand in our lives, His guidance. Thanks for your reminder of that. May you find your something new.

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  18. What a beautiful post and you take amazing pictures!!! Im glad all is well for you all:O) Hugs

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  19. This is SUCH a testament to the faithfulness of God, friend. I've never been in your shoes, but the fact that you took a leap of faith into the unknown crosses all barriers of "not-having-been-there" and into the realm of pure encouragement. Life isn't always perfect, but when we trust the One who is? We not only survive, but we can and we do flourish. :)

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  20. What a beautiful way to look at the past year!

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  21. I am thankful things got better : )
    I hope they continue to get better.
    Wishing you well. Love, Becky

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  22. So beautiful. Wow. Love the photos.

    i needed to read this today. our family is going through something big and this post reminded me that there is light

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  23. Have to pinch myself
    to believe it's been a
    year since I hugged my
    Becky-girl goodbye for
    the last time.

    So cool to see your
    journey unfold in pics,
    this way.

    What a year, indeed!!

    Love ya, friend.

    xo Suzanne

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  24. You have been through a lot of experiences - emotionally, physically, and spiritually - over the past year, Becky. God has brought you a long way and through him you have begun to touch new lives. What a blessing you are!!

    xoxo laurie

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  25. Welcome home Becky, a lot has happened indeed looks like you are doing just fine maybe a few tweaks but we all need them from time to time.

    Have a great day!

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  26. love seeing the year in review....you guys seem to be making it home!

    Looking forward to watching another year from the sidelines.....

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  27. Aren't you incredibly thankful for all the highs and lows this past year has brought your way? Makes you see how much stronger you've become and how much God has seen you through. Here's to the next exciting chapter!

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  28. Even greater years are ahead...... ;)

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  29. Oh Becky, I needed you today. Something i've talked to you about before came to a head today and it did not end pretty. I am sad. And hurt.

    I can't believe its been a year already, but I think you are rockin it in VA!

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  30. You have been an encouragement to so many in this year...so thankful for you!!!!

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  31. Wow! It doesn't seem like a year has gone by already. It was nice to see all of your photos. I remember almost everyone of thme and I remember reading your posts. I hope your very happy now.

    mary

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  32. Can't believe it's been a year already. Oh, my! Thanks for sharing your reflections, it has been a year of growth and stretching for sure. That's when the Lord does His best work. Blessings on your 2nd year!

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  33. Love this post, Becky. You have such a beautiful family & home. Keeping the faith is difficult sometimes, but it always wins out in the end. Enjoy the journey!

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  34. And I am so glad this past year led me to your blog!

    I would SO want to be in your couples bible study (if we lived near....and more importantly, if we were invited :) We would be very commited. We were involved in our last group for NINE years!

    Prayers you make really good connections at your church!

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  35. Great reflections. I am glad you are enjoying your "newish" home. We made a move six months ago and while it has been a great thing, sometimes I feel like I am still trying to find my way. But I am soaking it all in!

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  36. oh what a post! it gave me goosebumps! what a year this has been for both of us...you and me. God is good.He is faithful.

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  37. Has it been a year! I have enjoyed every post :)

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  38. Oh what a beautiful year! There have been a few times in my journey when I just felt the Lord's tugging- and I just knew what we were suppose to do- even if it seemed crazy. From the looks of your pictures, God has blessed your family's obedience when you listened to His whispers and followed His lead. God bless you as you continue on your journey Becky!

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  39. great pics! LOVE the hands on the door and the rearview mirror...

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