December 24th, 2006, my family moved from York, Pennsylvania to Olive Branch Mississippi. Olive Branch. Peace. Olive Branch was where we went to find peace. It was the hardest and most peace-filled 18 months for our family of 6. It’s where we reset ourselves as a family unit. It was a great and hard 18 months. Late in 2007, Freddy accepted a position as the Worship Leader at a church in Humble, Texas (the H is SILENT). The kids and I followed him 6 months later. Humble Texas. Humble. Humility. I learned more about my own selfish pride and how vain I was. It was a great and hard 9 years. I learned a lot. A lot more than I could possibly put in a blog post. Fast Forward to late Spring of 2016. I was so comfortable. Comfortable in my marriage….comfortable in my home….comfortable in my parenting (almost – but that’s for another post)….comfortable in my stuff. I was living in a 2800 sq ft GORGEOUS home in a beautiful neighborhood that was nicer than Freddy and I had ever lived in before. We were livin’ the dream. Roots in the community, a solid church home who truly loved us and our kids. One phone call changed us. We were intrigued with a ‘little’ church in Beaumont, Texas. Only 60 miles east of us. God had stirred some friends to start a church here and we had faithfully prayed and supported them. I had NO IDEA God would call us here as they felt called to serve somewhere else. NO WAY… I love Humble/Kingwood, Texas. The livable forest. The most beautiful place I could have imagined living. After all, like I said, we were comfortable. God has a way of taking us out of our comfort zone. I believe wholeheartedly that God knows what is best for us. We knew from the first time we stepped into the building in Beaumont, that this is the church God has called us to serve. No…not the church, this COMMUNITY. I am married to an amazing man who doesn’t know how to put himself before anyone. We have been here since August. It’s been a great and a hard 4 months. Funny how a place can feel like home so quickly when it’s the right place to be… This is a photo I took with my phone today after I checked the mailbox. We went from a 2800 sq ft home on a tiny piece of land to this much simpler 1900 sq ft home on almost an acre and a half. Priorities have totally changed for us. It’s like so many of the things that were important for the last 9 years are no longer important. It’s crazy how God swoops in and changes our heart. I am seeing things in a whole new light. A light I never knew existed. I am leaving 2016 a different person than I entered in as. My goal in 2017 is to see every single person that I come in contact with the way that God sees them. I don’t want to be a different person, I want to be a better me. May your NEW YEAR be your absolute best yet!!!
Stay tuned for a full blog post with lots of pics from inside and outside my house!