Thanks for the memories 2014. . .

I can’t believe this year is almost over.  2014 was an incredible, amazing, frustrating and trying year.  I think every range of emotion was felt as we processed through a lot of stuff over the last 12 months.  But even through all of it, I’m thankful.  God has been so faithful to us this year.  So faithful and so very good.  Needless to say there will be lots of memories from 2014 we’ll take with us into the future.

January 2014

Shannon’s mom, who had been living with us for 5 years, got sick and her diabetes spiraled out of control.  As a result she was hospitalized for few weeks and had a toe and a portion of the top of her foot amputated. After surgery the meds made her sick, but she was sick without them.  It was touch and go for a few weeks, but then she started healing up well.  Doctor’s appointments, home health visits and home care filled the first half of the year.

At the same time, I was blessed with the opportunity to start working with the Association of Realtors here as a virtual assistant this month.  This extra income allowed us to pay off a few things, and start preparing to find his mom her own place to live.

February 2014

Haley, our oldest daughter, had been losing a lot of weight – 25 pounds to be exact.  She came to the realization that she was having a problem stopping the need to lose weight and came to us for help.  So we started counseling and therapy for an eating disorder.  It was a huge blow to all of us. But thankfully God placed amazing counselors, therapists and friends around us to help Haley through this tough time and to give us comfort as we walked it out with her.  As of today, she has gained back 12 pounds and is almost to her goal weight.  We are so thrilled with the progress she has made.  She’s so very brave.  We’ve all learned a lot this year about eating disorders, the weight of our words and how they can potentially affect people. And I’ve officially determined that I literally HATE what society deems cute, sexy, attractive and cool and the message that sends to women. There.  I said it.

June 2014

Our world was totally rocked one Sunday night when God basically told us to move to Waynesville, NC to plant a New Day Community Church.  Yeah. There’s that.  You can listen to THAT whole story here.  So from this moment we knew we had 7 months left with our community and family here. Talk about a game changer.

August 2014

Praises!  We were finally able to move his mom into her own home.  She was excited.  We were excited.  And it took one more thing off of our shoulders considering the upcoming move in January.

We started our 2nd year of homeschooling in August as well.  Zoe started 3rd grade.

October 2014

We had a prayer and worship service in Waynesville to cover the area and to get a feel for the city.  30 or so of our church family (and my parents!) came to help us out.  It was so fun and amazing and everything I hoped it would be.  It made the move a little more real.

I also started training my replacement for my full time job as Admin at church.  That started really making things real too.  ;)

November 2014

11 years.  We celebrated 11 years of marriage.  It was probably our most exciting and also trying year.  But God was amazing, Shannon was amazing and well, we’re still here.  That’s good.  I love that man.  And I’m totally stoked to move into this next phase of our lives together.

December 2014

We are gearing up for our move.  After a lovely, quiet Christmas Day at home, we started taking a look at everything that needs to happen here in order to move there.  Not to mention all of the “Lasts” we are experiencing.  That’s a bummer.  We preached for the last time at our home church last Sunday.  And my last day as a full-time employee is this Sunday.  Crazy.  Our last Thanksgiving in our home, our last Christmas, etc.

Typically this time of year I would write some sort of synopsis on how my OneWord365 for this year turned out.  My word was Selfless.  Honestly, I don’t think I could put into words what my OneWord looked like this year.  It was the most trying word.  I learned so much from what I experienced. I’ve had a OneWord focus for 5 years now.  But I think I’m taking a break for 2015.  This word banked me a year of grace I think.  So I’m taking the year off from that focus.  Instead it looks like we will be focusing on what God wants from us as we help Him build New Day Waynesville.

So goodbye 2014.  Thanks for the memories – all of them.  I’m sure we’ll re-visit this year and talk about it for years to come.  Hello 2015.  We are excited to see what you have in store for us.  So, bring it.  We’re ready. We think.  ;)

Happy New Year friends!  Grace and peace and joy of the Father be with you all in this coming year!

Random Thoughts . . .

This poor blog has been neglected, hasn’t it?  Honestly, life has been so busy and well, I just felt like I didn’t have words.  But there are things I want to document.  So I guess I better find those words, eh?

Homeschool and Zoe

We’ve finished almost 100 days of school.  Zoe has been a champ.  My work schedule has been a bit more demanding this fall than normal and I’m also training someone to take over my position at church.  So school hasn’t been on the front burner like I had dreamed it would be.  Matter of fact, we have barely touched the school room we set up.  I’m using it right now only because my office downstairs has been dismantled for the move.  Hopefully we’ll get back on track in February, once we’ve settled in at Waynesville.  GAH!  I can’t even believe I’m typing that.  Once we get there, we’ll start tackling Multiplication.  She’s been working on cursive and is doing an amazing job for being practically self-taught.

We also celebrated her 8th birthday yesterday.  She’s 8.  What?!  I can’t even.  Time just flies.  Seriously.  It just flies faster each year.  She got to pick lunch, dinner and of course, there were games at Chuck E Cheese.  Lots of presents and food!  As of the typing of this post, we are gearing up for her to have a slumber party tonight with 4 of her friends.  That should be interesting.  We have lots of fun things planned – manis, pedis, a sundae bar, pizza, popcorn, movies and face painting.

Work

Logo for website 300Transition is hard.  At least for me.  Over the last 2 months I’ve been training the new Office Admin for New Day.  It’s been fun because I love training and overseeing.  But it’s been hard because I don’t want to lose my job here or lose the tightness of this community.  The thought of moving away and starting FRESH freaks me out a little bit.  Yes, we can call.  Yes, people can visit.  But it’s different.  Period.  Life goes on.  Changes happen.  Things get decided.  And I’m no longer a part of it.  Very.  Hard.  Very. Strange.  But I’m super stoked because Johanna is going to do an amazing job and I fully believe I won’t even be missed in this area.  (But I better be missed in general!)

We’ve decided that we are going to work when we first move to Waynesville.  So I’m fortunate that I get to keep my virtual position with the Association of REALTORS here.  I love what I do and it’s fun being able to put systems in place, trouble shoot and train.  We aren’t sure what Shannon will be doing just yet, but it’ll work out.  It always does.  God has had this planned from the beginning.  So we rest in that.  And listen.  We try to listen to everything He says through the various ways He talks to us.

Moving

2014-12-19 17.20.5627 days from today we move.  Just. Wow.  We will go up after the new year and find a place to live.  Then we come back and basically pack and move.  Our last Sunday at New Day will be January 11th.  And we preach one last time on December 28th.  So strange.  I wish I could find the words to convey the plethora of emotions that course through me at any given point.

I’m going to miss being here so much. I’m going to miss family, friends, our community.  All of it.  I hate the thought of no longer being a part of the every day-ness of life here as I’ve known it for the past 6 years at New Day and the past 24 years living here in Summerville.

Yet at the same time, I’m so excited!  I’m so anxious to get to Waynesville and dig in to what God has planned for us – a new life, a new routine, a new adventure.  All of it.  I know He has things in store we can’t even imagine.  I’m so thrilled to be on this next phase of the journey.  I am.

Logo 300x300But today, today I’m not excited.  I’m reflective.  I’m melancholy.  I’m contemplative.  I’m spending time soaking up all of these things here that I can, being as fully present as possible.  I don’t want to miss a thing.

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