Everything was planned out. House plan, builder, cost estimates….everything was in place.
The goal was to have the house built in time for Caleb to start kindergarten in August and building on the land was it for us. The place we would grow old and raise the kids together.
When Brian and I were first married we lived in a small condo for a few years before buying our first house. It needed some love but it was ours.
When I got pregnant with Caleb we knew that we wanted to move into a rental where we could afford to build without having 2 mortgages to drain us. We sold our first home right before the market went south and thankfully, Brian’s aunt/uncle had a perfect spot for us to rent while we saved to build.
Then life happened.
4 years and 2 kids later we were ready.
Ready for a place to call our own.
We once again put building a house on hold and decided to buy a house that we could flip in a few years.
This past weekend was the big move and we are so in love with our new home.
We all sat down to dinner last night and thanked the Lord with blessing us with this place we now call home.
One week. Just one week from today I will once again place my feet in a country that has forever changed me.
It is the question I get asked most of the time.
Well, it is because God called me to go. Called me to go and learn more about compassion, living with less and being fully reliant on God to provide.
Could I do that here? Sure.
But God has opened a door for me and I choose to
walk run through.
God gave me skills and talents, not to keep to myself but to use them, share them.
Traveling out of the country, leaving two kids behind and a husband (celebrating 7 years while I am gone) is not for everyone. I get that.
But this is me and when my God speaks, I listen.
So will you do something for me?
December 6th through 11th we will be in Cange, Haiti (about 2+hours north of Port-au-Prince).
Joy and I along with our friends Jane, Dea, Pam and a few others will spend a few days installing our gallery prints, having a Christmas party for 150 kids and teaching the color wheel. We have several other projects to tackle while we are there and some that I am sure God will place in front of us too.
I have said it before but it is truly amazing what God can do when you simply choose to say Yes.
I have never watched the show.
The original plan for Halloween was for Caleb to dress as Batman and Dylan would be cat woman. The plan really did not workout. Go figure. Dylan’s cat ears kept falling off. I searched her closet and found a prop dress. To me, it looked like something I would have worn as a little girl during one of my dance recitals.
Okay, so she would be a little dancer for Halloween, no big deal.
Until… I walked out of the bedroom with her fully dressed in her “Dancer” costume.
B said, “I thought she was going to dress as cat woman, not Honey Boo Boo?!?”
Oh no he didn’t.
Well, here comes Honey Boo Boo.
Who won’t love a little tushie like this?