Yes, it is true.
We are moving!
For those of you who have been following our journey for sometime, you might remember we had a hard time selling our last home so we could buy and move into this house, and that was only one short year ago.
I knew the minute we stepped into this house that it was for us. In a short recap, we moved out of our little 70+ year old ranch (you can see video tour here) to pursue becoming foster care parents.
We knew we needed a slightly bigger house, and one that didn’t continually have a project. As much as we love big DIY projects, we knew that for this season in our lives we needed the ability to focus on our kids, and the kids in our home rather than stress over builds. So, we bought a brand new house. In so many ways, I have loved buying a new home. The tall ceilings, beautiful clean/straight walls, smell, picking out hardwoods, a bath tub that didn’t have stains, etc. But, it wasn’t totally an “us” house either.
It is probably a little fancier than our taste, but it was right. We could have moved anywhere since we homeschool and Matt was currently working out of the house. We were probably a realtor’s nightmare when shopping for this house. The location and school district didn’t matter, the house was all we cared about.
This house allowed for us to spread out, live a crazy beautiful life, walk to a neighborhood pool and playground for the first time in our lives, a street with lots of kids (including another homeschool family!?) where the highlight of the summer is to play outside riding bikes and playing soccer in the cul-de-sac together. It’s been so great.
We have slowly made this big, formal house our home. I look at these pictures and in some ways can’t believe everything we got done in a year, but then in other ways I see all the dreams and plans I had that won’t come to be. The boys will get their bunk bed hopefully in the next house.
So, why are we moving?
Ever since our very best friends (who we ran a non-profit with) moved to California, we feel like we have been on a path to seeing what God had next for us. Through it God has been so faithful with giving us work, providing joy, and using us in this “waiting” period. We knew when we bought this house it wouldn’t be for long, but we also had a peace and knew it was the right thing to do. We were taking faithful steps pursuing becoming foster care parents.
I look back on this year and see that the most meaningful thing we did in this house was care for our foster son. If we hadn’t been in this house, we wouldn’t have gotten trained in our county or been here to receive the call and love on that sweet boy for five months. He is why we were here.
Doors have opened and we have a peace about what is next for us. It’s a big change, so there are lots of different emotions but God is so good and we have a peace about the calling to what God has next for us.
Our house is officially on the market. We are praying for God’s perfect timing and a buyer to come along as well as the perfect house being available next for us. Will you pray with us? I am excited to tell you more in my next post. I hope you enjoyed our little home tour.
If you have any questions about the rooms, please leave a comment and ask. Most of everything shown has a tutorial buried in this blog somewhere. 🙂
Kela Nellums (@Kela__Nellums) says
I am SO inspired!!!! We’re in the middle of house hunting and love your ideas!! Thank you for sharing!!
Angela B says
Beautiful home. Beautiful family. Eager to hear what’s next!!!
Sue Stovall says
Erica: Sarah is in Dyer, Indiana. I am excited for you and the family. I will be praying for God to sell your house, find another one and for your ministry there. Blessings!
Thank you Sue!!! How cool! Libby mentioned that to me! WOuld love to see her! XOXO