Well, the Strongs bought a new house, a new house in the woods.
Or rather, a new to us house in the woods. It’s definitely not a new new house. It’s a 1970’s fixer upper.
Actually, that’s not quite true either. It’s only a partial fixer upper. The previous owners completed some beautiful upgrades inside, including the installation of gorgeous hickory cabinets in the kitchen and new wood floors throughout the main living areas. But there are some things that need changing and updating, things like cough cough popcorn ceilings, peeling wallpaper, and (what in the world!) carpet on the outdoor walkway and concrete stairs. So, we’ll be spending a good chunk of summer accomplishing this as well as you know, actually moving into the house.
Part of me is rather sad to leave our current house, this settled in place where we’ve loved and argued and eaten and lived the past 6 years. That’s at least twice as long as our family has lived in any other house. Even my peony bushes dripping with blooms big as saucers seems to say, “How can you leave us after all we’ve given you?”
This house feels like home, certainly. Our neighbors are awesome. Our street is active but quiet. The rose bush I got as a pint-sized shrub for Mother’s Day in 2011 is now tall enough to flirt with the nearby maple branches. We’re leaving a much newer, sparklier home for an older place that’s a bit of a hot mess. Given all this and so much more, part of me wonders if David and I have completely lost our minds to invite this change.
“If a man is going to do anything worthwhile, there are times when he has to risk everything on his leap, and in the spiritual domain Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold by common sense and leap into what He says, and immediately do you, you find that what He says fits on as solidly as common sense.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
This leaving our current home–along with our dreamy back deck (tears)–feels like a leap.
Still, whenever we walk around our new house, there is the undeniable sense we have landed where we’re supposed to land, smack dab in the middle of God’s will.
So we’ll take our house with the peeling wallpaper and popcorn ceilings and relish in the fact that for whatever reason, it fits on as solidly as common sense.
I suppose that’ll be easier to believe as we drink in this view on a regular basis.
Whether this time of year finds you leaping or tiptoeing into a new season, I pray you receive a fresh rush of confidence in moving toward that place where God wants you to move. And may you take comfort in knowing what doesn’t appear to make sense right now could very well reveal itself to make total sense later. And in the meantime, as we wait for what will be, may we spend time being thankful for what is.
Happy June-ing, dearies.
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amen to that last paragraph, kristen! thanks for that reminder this morning. discernment up the wazoo for me right now. this was much-needed.
Kayla, I’m so glad, and I’m praying now that discernment comes in droves. xo
Much needed read today as we hear up for another move and leave town Saturday. First time we have moved to a house site unseen. Not a change we invited but one I am looking forward to. It will be a year of reconnecting and rejuvenation.
Tricia, I’ve been following along with your big move! We have moved before to a house site unseen and it is nerve-wrecking. I’m praying now it exceeds every expectation and is a beautiful respite for you and your gorgeous family. So much love to you!
Hi Kristen, my husband has been transferred 2,000 miles away and we have to sell our home. The home we’ve lived in for 14 years and raised our children in. The home we were planning on retiring in and having big family holidays with all our future grandchildren. I’m heartbroken. It’s funny that you wrote about your peony bushes because I feel the same way. I feel like I’m betraying our house. I’ve prayed and prayed and have found no peace.
Beth Williams says
I pray your move goes smoothly and quickly. Living in the woods is something I would love to do. Put a house on 5 or more acres with no neighbors for a few miles and nice woods to walk in. Change is never easy and we need God’s discernment to make the right decisions.
Lisa-Jo Baker (@lisajobaker) says
It. Looks. Amazing!!
Oh man oh man, just gorgeous. SO excited to watch it’s updates – can’t wait to see pics of the inside and how it looks after you all get done with it this summer. Exciting and exhausting. I know. Wish I could stop by with lemonade! Wish I could just stop by. Period.