Thursday, September 15, 2011

Come With Me


I'm sitting here with my honey and my ugly blue blanket. There's a salsa bowl at my feet.

It's been a regular day. The good, the bad. The not worth rehashing.

Throughout my day there's been a constant thread. My urge to document these little moments was hopped up on 'roids. I took a lot of pictures. Like, a lot.


We sold our house.

It happened just about a week ago, but we were in denial for the first two days, then we were frantic for one, excited for three and now, tonight, I cried a little.

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I can't believe I made it this long. And it's Cory's fault anyway, for being so good to me and understanding me so well.


I have been scared. I've tried to tell myself that maybe we were wrong, like everyone - everyone - said. Maybe all of those things that we started to believe aren't real. Maybe I could just go on ahead and hide out here forever.


But then I would think of what's ahead of us and I'd know it all again. We are going. We don't know where, exactly, but it's different from here, and that's exciting and it's also a little weepy, a little anxious-feeling. For a long time, I would have equated the butterflies with an absence of peace, but I know better this time around. I know that sometimes it's necessary to gather up some extra courage and jump with your eyes closed. Because what's faith without a little fear? How much do we really need to trust when what we're doing is our favorite thing, the easiest thing, the quietest thing?

In the words of my dear, far-away friend, "I sincerely hope this doubt and sinking fear becomes your good friend. Those feelings are total suckage, but my word...you'll find Jesus there waiting every time to comfort you and pick you up." Trust me, this girl knows.

We close the end of October so we're looking at houses like mad. There's a good possibility that Calvin will be switching schools mid-stream, so if you have any success stories of kids switching schools mid-year, now would be the time to share them.

We are zooming in on what we know for sure, what hasn't changed over these past eighteen months. Our time in this house has been a blessing, but there's a new one waiting for us now.


In the meantime, I've got a new mantra, and it changes by the minute.

It goes something like this, "We will still bake cookies in our new home."


"I'll still cook dinner and we'll eat it together."


I'll still have my Mr. Lee, wherever we go.


My girl will be happy and safe, because we'll go together.


My baby will stay wrapped up in my arms, and that's what matters most.

I'll have lots to say about this over the next month and I hope you're down with that. I do my best thinking when I'm with you, after all.

For now, thank you. Thanks for unveiling your Good Girl just when I needed it most. Thanks for sitting and listening every step of the way. And now that it's actually time to move, I hope you'll come along. I think it might be a wild ride.

Love, Love, Love you tonight,
FPFG

102 comments:

  1. I bet you think I don't read this anymore....But uh I think I will be coming with you all. Matter of fact; I KNOW I WILL BE COMING. So we can cry together because you know thats MY fav. house. :(
    Love<3 H

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  2. Looking forward to hearing, seeing, listening about the adventure! God is so good ;) xo

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  3. love you. these photos and just relating to those leaping in faith butterflies...i am weepy. joyful mostly. excited, too. i love watching jesus lead his people. shepherding them. this blesses me. you bless me.

    thanks for sharing, farmgirl. i will always call you that.

    xo

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  4. i am so happy for you guys....

    lots of mixed emotions, I am sure...but hopefully, you are feeling mostly excited...what a journey HE is sending you on!

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  5. Oooh…HUGE news!!! Praying for you every little step of the way, my friend.

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps Time capsule? Can you dig it?

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  6. "'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus; just to take Him at His word..." I have been a rather silent reader with very few comments, but I read every. single. post. and am thrilled with this new adventure. You better believe I am coming along.

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  7. the waiting is never for naught. i think we have to know to know we can trust in the long haul. we can hear with our hearts and walk with our feet and there may be an eternity in between the two... i can only imagine the joy and sorrow wrapped up in that word. SOLD. keep oversharing..you bless me. :)

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  8. Oh, friend! This kind of change is hard and scary and weepy.....but oh so exciting. Following His lead only means GOOD. And there is a gem out there just waiting to be snatched up by a lovely farmgirl and her fam.

    Scooch over, girl, we're all coming along for the ride!

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  9. So excited for you! Have loved seeing your heart through this recent journey of faith and can't wait to see where the Lord leads next. And I'm most definitely coming along!

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  10. Wow--that is big news! Excited to follow the next chapter of your lives. :)
    ~Gini

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  11. I know I don't "know" you in "real" life, but I have tears for you as I read this. Praying that God gives you strength and courage and an amazing feeling as your feet leave the air as you jump in faith.

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  12. wow...you sold the house! God is adding so many memories to your journey! i'm very happy for you and excited to see what lies ahead..... :) :)

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  13. I got a lump in my throat just now!
    I'm so Happy for you & a little sad & a lot excited to see what God has instore for you and those great big hands of yours! ;)

    ~yesterdays post did a number on me! can't imagine what the book will do! all I know is I don't want it to change...I mean I do want to change & I want to keep changing for the better! I discovered that I'm a BIG fat liar. That I lie to myself all the time & I didn't even know it!~
    Thank you for following Jesus & the blessing that is You!

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  14. blessings sweet shannan. may it be glorious.

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  15. "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." Ruth 1:16
    Count me in, I'm definitely along for the ride. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.
    -julia in seattle

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  16. OH MY GOSH!! WHOOOO!
    For the record, I did NOT say you were wrong. So there.

    By the way, my bible study teacher said something today and I felt compelled to email it to you (not knowing why) but instead I'll just stick it in the comments because it is AWESOME.
    Ready?
    "Comfort is not your friend, and pain is not your enemy"

    Ah-men.
    xoxoxoxo!

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  17. oh, p.s. Now I know why. I think God spoke to me with that sentence, and I think He wanted me to share it with you...maybe because the house? IDK. I just think he wanted you to hear it too my friend. EXCITING!!!

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  18. Oh, girl, I know that weepy feeling! My kids switched schools mid year (my oldest was in 5th grade) a few years ago. Don't think I didn't question that decision daily! It was crazy and scary and somedays I thought we'd made a huge mistake. But now, I wouldn't change it for anything. Watching God show up in my kids lives, knowing He is just as much for them as He is for me, has been an amazing journey. Please get in touch if you need anything. Prayer, a sympathetic ear, stories where I fail and live to tell about it:)
    I'm excited to come along for the ride!

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  19. Looking forward to seeing where God takes you next, as He most definitely has a plan in store. Transitions are always exhilarating and nerve-wracking at the same time, but He and we and everyone else who loves and adores you will be there every step of the way....cheering you all on and offering support however you need it. Enjoy the beautiful moments still to come in this house and look forward to the equally amazing ones to come in the new place. Best of luck in your search and just continue to keep your heart atuned to the Big Man, as if there's any doubt that you would ;)

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  20. Aw, congrats on selling. I can only imagine what the next few months will be like, feel like. I know a bit of what you are feeling. You are right about the faith + fear part. What I can tell you from this side of my 'jump' is that God knows what we need far beyond the four walls of a house. For us, it was so hard to walk away from a house and our life and we were excited mixed with wondering if we had lost our minds. But God has shown me more about myself in these few months, things that I hadn't been able to see before. It got ugly before it got to a good place, but I wouldn't trade any of my moments growing closer to Him for any of the cozy moments back at my house. As far as the kid changes go, the best advice I got is to trust God as the author of their testimony. Only He can write their story and you just bake those cookies Mama.
    Lots of love and encouragement your way.

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  21. oh, my. oh, my...oh, my....oh, my. big fat smiley face.

    you're more than ready. and you're more than right. after watching y'all's sweet video testimony, i have a feeling that you couldn't stay. you. could. not.

    and, yet. i mourn with you. it's ok to hug a season goodbye with just a bit of sadness. it doesn't mean you aren't stepping into God's promises to you..."He goes before you on your way to seek out a place for you to encamp" (Deut. 1:33). it just means you value everything He did for you where you were.

    i can't wait to hear more.

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  22. How exciting! Leaving a place you have made home, especially a beautiful place full of memories is always emotional, and I have to hand it to the Queen, she was right when she said grief is the price you pay for love - sadness leaving one home for another just shows how you have loved the place and the life you have made there. No shame in that. Amid all the changing, and jumping and moving and crying and laughing and moving chaos, there will always be that steady safe place at the centre for you, I absolutely believe you will find all the strength you need there because what God plans he provides for. But you know that in spades. Enjoy the baking along the way. xx

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  23. I am hoping for the day I can say we have sold...but with the same kind of trepidation. I will be following along on your journey hopefully not too far behind:)oxo

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  24. I can't wait to see what you do next!!!

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  25. I'll be here. You will be in my prayers.

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  26. Oh, the honesty in this post makes my heart hurt. Yes, hard things take more faith. I can't wait to see what's on the other end of this stage of your house/life journey. I'm sure it's going to be more than you ever hoped for or dreamed. Surrendering the things you love for Him...how can you go wrong? Hugs.

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  27. Congratulations on the sell. Bittersweet. When I was in second grade, my parents moved us to a new school district in the middle of the year. I was a shy and fearful little girl, but I don't know if it was a mama's prayers or what...but I was invited to a slumber party in the first week. I'm still very good friends with some of the girls I met at that party. The kids will be just FINE. Pray a blessing over their transition and God will meet their needs. And yours too!
    -Jodi Miller

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  28. I totally understand those up and down feelings. A time of excitement one minute and tears the next. We raised our family in a little house right in the middle of town for 13 years. I brought all my babies home to that house, they learned to walk there, climb trees,etc. When the house sold, I was excited to be moving to 46 acres in the country with moose,deer,bear,and foxes running through our back yard! Plenty of room for 3 little boys to stretch out and play, and plenty room for my little girl and I to garden and our family to start a little hobby farm! We moved in and I cried. I wanted my little house back! I grieved for 6 months before I finally fell in love with our home here! To sum it all up "Bitter Sweet"

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  29. I'm brewing up a fresh batch of tea and sitting at the computer waiting to hear more. Sold. the. house. Is that why you called? law. Excitement Shabs, excitement. For you - for the future. Aaron switched schools four times in 8 years, and looks like he might be again. It worried me - but I see now that he's really learned to adapt, to be outgoing. Calvin will be just fine, just fine. Oh, and if you need me to keep Silas for a month or three while you pack and move, just let me know. Oh and the house next to me is STILL for sale. I'd say it's a sign.

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  30. Love and hugs to you and Cory and your delightful kids as you make this move. May things go smoothly and the right house be found soon.

    I'm looking forward to reading all about this new adventure in your lives.

    FlowerLady

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  31. Oh, this is exciting! I feel sad, too, a bit nostalgic. And it's not even my move!

    But just think of all the writing material you'll have!

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  32. oh man this is so exciting!!
    your outlook is awesome!
    knowing He goes before you
    xoxo

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  33. Change is always hard. You have someone by your side the whole time to help you through it...God.

    Love those boots.

    And.....my cat numbers would astound you. We are down right now, but we have had quite a few. I have 2 inside cats, and 3 outside dogs. And a 4-year-old. My life is a hurricane.

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  34. I am sitting in an empty house as I write you this note. Our household goods were loaded here in Illinois yesterday. They are on the way to San Diego. I am a Navy wife. Our tiny apartment in San Diego will be our 5th place since 2008. We don't have kiddos, but Calvin will be just fine. I switched schools 4 times before my junior year of high school. We share the mantra "home is where we are together". The mantra that is helping me through the current move (3rd downsize) is "make it work". God bless you all.
    Paige

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  35. The plan He has is going to be great. I love that you are being obedient. Ohio? Or Indiana? You know I will be here reading and praying. Let me know if ya need a sitter during these busy days! And Mr Lee will be fine. That boy is a superstar!

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  36. I'm in!

    As a Pastor's daughter I moved a bajillion times. And I'm a happy adult now. :) I learned a lot about hearing the voice of God and letting His peace guide me. I learned how much I love and need my siblings. I learned I like new adventures. Your kids will blossom and so will you. :)

    If at all possible, I think it helps to let the kids walk through the completely empty house. They might get a little teary, but I think it's important to know all your stuff is still with you. Otherwise it seems like everything you ever misplace is undoubtedly "at the old house".

    And also it helped me to start school after a holiday or on a Monday. I didn't feel quite so "new" that way.

    Just a couple of thoughts. I look forward to seeing all of the greatness unfold!

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  37. I'd follow you anywhere! Truly, you are such a delight!

    I know this is a very bittersweet time, but know that God is holding your hand with each and every step. I know because I have been there.

    Blessings to you and your family. AND, Love you right back! :)

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  38. wow. great news. He is so faithful. He has great plans for you.

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  39. If my FNL poster is moving with you, then I'll follow you anywhere.
    Happy for you, Shamu!

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  40. Congrats! I can't wait to see what you do to the new place, it's gonna be gorgeous! And you are right, the most important things are coming with you. It is true, the more things change, the more they do stay the same! I'll always hold the farm dear to my heart. :) Such great memories!

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  41. It always amazes me that when we want something so badly--pray for it, ache over it--and then it actually happens. And when it does? It's overwhelming and scary. It was easier, happier and more wonderful in our heads. But, I know you will sift through it in your typically wonderful, beautiful, poetic way. :)

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  42. Ok, first I want to tell you what an encouragement you are to me. It's not often that you find a family ready to strike out on faith, because God told them to do something. God has such great plans for you, bigger than anyone can probably imagine. I can't wait to hear all the things He does through you and your family.

    I will be praying for peace for you, for comfort during the tough times of saying goodbye to the house you've made a home. And I'll pray that God will give you the encouragement and confirmation to keep following His lead. I'll also pray you find a new house STAT! ;-)

    We moved my kids mid-year in 1st and 3rd grades...from Nowhere, Maine to Long Island, New York. They did incredibly well. The school districts were completely different, the standard of education much more difficult, and the culture of the people was one they hadn't experienced before. I worried. They adjusted almost seamlessly. Kids can rise to the challenge. I'm sure you'll prepare your children at home and they'll go to school and live out the love you fill them up with.

    Be blessed my friend.
    ~FringeGirl

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  43. I can't wait to see your new place. I have moved 18 times in the last 30 years. And each "new" house became home because I had my family with me. God will bless you on this new section of your journey. The next few months will be crazy with packing and then unpacking, but I hope that you will still find time to write your adventure.

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  44. What exciting news and I love your friend's encouragement to you! This is just an opportunity to trust him MORE!!!

    We made a HUGE move from Ohio to Alabama almost 2 months ago and we kept telling our children (we have boys that are in the 9th and 8th grade and a daughter who is at Hillsong in Australia) that the very best and safest place to be was in the center of His will. Now that we are in our new place, we can't even imagine being anywhere else. Everyday (and I'm not kidding when I say that) we are seeing how God has gone before us on every single detail. God has a very special plan and purpose for your children too in your new place. This is all part of their faith journey as well.

    There are so many "unknowns" right now, but it is ALL known by God. Enjoy and completely embrace the journey to your new place!!! I look forward to hearing more!

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  45. Change is the only constant in life..

    And isn't it somewhat exciting to try and envision where you'll be living a year from now? And envisioning how happy you'll be?

    I will tell you this: I've lived in BEAUTIFUL places (Sedona, AZ, Flagstaff, AZ, Franklin, TN- it's where the country stars live and I had the blessing to be in Leipers Fork, it's stunning) but very rarely if EVER have I wanted to go back to anyplace I've left.

    I feel like I leave little pieces of me and my soul where I've been, but I'm always excited to begin anew.

    This will be awesome for your chitlins as well...they'll become adaptable and as long as you're all together, it's all gravy!

    I wish you the best of luck and can't wait to see where you go, how you get there and what happens in the interim.

    xxoo~

    TT

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  46. OH MY GOODNESS!!! You sold your house. It actually happened:))) It's so true sweet friend there isn't faith without some fear mixed in. They just seem to go hand in hand. I'm so SO excited for you and this next chapter. It's gonna be good. Just like you said those sweet peeps will be right there with you. Things will stay the same even in the midst of so much change. YAY!

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  47. I know. I KNOW. This move is putting you right in the path of amazing things. You are so loved wherever you go. xoxo

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  48. Praise the Lord! It is in His time, after all.
    xo

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  49. Super Exciting times for you. And YOU KNOW that God is right there beside you all with each step and you are only going to end up where you are suppose to be at the exact time you are suppose to be there. Your babies are going to LOVE helping pick out their new home. And I am going to love watching and reading as you go through this journey. Hoping for lots of pictures of all the possible homes. The biggest hurdle is done, selling your house. Now comes the fun part. Sit back and enjoy the adventure and I am right there beside you:)
    XXOO
    Debbie

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  50. Ok, I'm a little biased...but, hop on over to the Fairfield Community schools side. I'm an aide at New Paris Elem. It's a GREAT school. You know Dana (from college) and she's a kindergarten teacher now. It's a great community, just sayin'.

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  51. First, I have to tell you that I was going to do so good and not cry whilst reading this post, even though I wanted to from the very beginning.

    But, when I got to that sweet picture of your arms wrapped around that Sileyboy it did me in.

    Alligator tears.

    Bottom lip poked out from South Carolina to California.

    Bullfrog stuck in my throat.

    Drippy, ridiculous tears.

    You do that to me, you know?

    So... here is what I have to say...

    Just think about what God can do with you when He gets you out of that box you're in and into a new place. Just think.

    Just think about how you get to make a new space your own.

    Just think about how He will stretch you even more and you'll look back and think how amazing His plan was. And how much better it was than your plan.

    Just think about this adventure that you all get to go on together. Your life story.

    Thanks for letting us ride along.

    I can not wait!

    It will be fine.

    xxoo

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  52. I am so excited for you and the fam! I will be prayerful that God continues to work in your heart, preparing and exciting you for this next season of life. I will pray that God will lead you exactly where He wants you and that you and Cory will confidently move the fam in that direction. I CANNOT wait to see God's plan for y'all unfold and am blessed that you have chosen to share this journey with us!
    -CeciLoves

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  53. Quick comment before pick up line at preschool..

    He's already there, at that new house. He's got the paint picked out, he knows the rooms your littles will sleep in, he knows your new friends. He's got this.

    Isaac started a new school at the beginning of the year ...not mid way through but he was VERY excited about his old school... and he comes home every single day and says he LOVES his new school. Yesterday he actually said he wanted to stay there ALL day..like, beyond 2:45...I'm trying not to let that hurt my fragile mama heart ;)

    You are gonna make cookies, you're still gonna kiss those kiddos before you head to bed every night. You're gonna thrive. You are. Just you wait and see.



    And while you're moving, may I suggest something?? OHIO?!

    XOXO,
    Angie FROM OHIO

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  54. The strangest thing is, I feel like we are all moving with you and I guess we are in a way. I can't wait to take a ride in the backseat of your new adventure. Oh the stories you will have to tell - and we'll all be reading, learning and loving with you along the way! So.very.cool. :)

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  55. The ONLY place to be is in the center of God's will for you. I would be foolish to want you to be next door to me and not be in God's will, than to be miles and miles(maybe a continent away) and be smack dab in His will for you. This life is only a blink in time. I pray for you and Cor all the time as I see Jesus doing amazing things through and in you. You are both making yourselves available. That is what He is always looking for someone to take Him at His word, and climb out of the boat. Remember He makes foolish the wisdom of the world. The world will never understand, even fellow believers will not understand, because God has spoken to you not them. So enjoy the ride, and yes, we will be going with you, no matter where God takes you.

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  56. best wishes and prayers for you and your family during what i know (from my own experiences) can be a bittersweet time. trust that all the sweets from God will squash the bitters of moving, that time will fly and you will land somewhere great with the comfort, guidance and other blessings that God provides.

    kathy

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  57. So excited for you. What sort of faith is it if there isn't just a dash of fear? Good words to think about, to live.

    I switched schools middle of 7th grade. Which is different from your little man. But it went well for me because I realized that I could be whoever I wanted to be with these new people. Old school - I was that shy girl. New school - I could be a friendly, bubbly person, and no one would think I was weird or changed. Hopefully you can find some positive aspect like that to roll with. I'll be praying for you!

    As my momma said, "Uncertainty is being wide-open to whatever plans God has for you". She's a smart lady.

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  58. i should have said it this way - "keep trusting ...". i know you are a person of faith (and that is wonderful). it's just that sometimes my fingers type faster than my brain works. :)

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  59. I am rejoicing with you today! Wherever YOU are, as the heart of the home, your family will feel loved and happy!

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  60. I`ll stay at your side.
    With best wishes and love
    from Germany/Bavaria

    ursula

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  61. sweet friend. I understand, and I cannot wait to talk in real darn life with you about this. But for now, know that you aren't alone. I remember my last days in Illinois thinking "They have Target. I'll still go to Target. I can do this there just like I do here..." it's comforting, I think.

    I can say that these big trials, these tests, these leaps of faith...they stick with you. The things you learn when you muster the courage, dig deep and jump in the deep end with both feet...this is the stuff of life. And I've always found that your friend is so right... Jesus is always waiting with a life preserver just when I think I can't tread water for one more minute.

    In the words of my husband..."I think it's gonna be fine." :)

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  62. annschrock@yahoo.comSeptember 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Hi, Shannon, I have read your posts forever, at least ever since your adoptions. And I find you energetic and soul searching and joyful, enjoying life. By introduction, I am Shoshannas step great aunt, Ruby's birth mom. I am a sister to Lillian Bair Shos's step grandmother. Enough of that, I have visions of seeing you in a store sometime and walking up to you and say to your cute daughter, Hi Ruby and shock you all. I am so inspired by your writing it is such an encouragement to me. Believe it or not I am 76, but love young people. I would love to move also but can't shake the Hubby who thinks that New Carlisle is God's country, I will keep reading if you don't mind, but I don't write alot. E-mail is: annschrock@yahoo.com, no blog.

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  63. Oh, Shannan! My heart stopped when I read that one sentence: "We sold our house." I'm certain that just for a second my heart stopped beating.

    I can't even imagine ALL the different emotions you must have about it all, knowing how much you loved your home, but with the risk of sounding all cliche' & such, home IS where you make it. I can't wait to see your new home as you put your own style into it. I look forward to this journey with you. :)

    God bless you and yours. :)

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  64. Change is always exciting...and a little scary.

    (I am putting that same silver backspash in my kitchen.)

    You know what Mary Engelbreit says? "Wherever you go...there you are!"

    xo, Cheryl

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  65. I'm very excited for you! Change is always scary, but fun! I'm looking forward to your next adventure...
    Jo-Anna

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  66. Hi I moved in the middle of seventh grade...seventh grade I tell you! I didn't want to do it...fought my parents every step of the way but you know what? BEST MOVE I EVER MADE!!! I made some of the greatest friends and feel that without the move, I wouldn't be who I am today...it's all about God's plan and I know he's got a dynamite one for you. We get a glimpse he get's the big picture :) Can't wait to hear about it as he unfolds the map for you!

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  67. Oh Shannan, I just got here tonight and read your good news. And your amazing words: "what's faith without a little fear?" Now THAT is what I needed to hear as I sit here with a mound of school work to do and a growing pit in the middle of my middle. I'm afraid I can't do this. I need Him.

    Thanks for reminding me of that tonight.

    I am so excited to join you on your journey.

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  68. Yes. To all of this. The going. The cookies. The babies that will be yours no matter where you take em. The love your house will share no matter the address. (our house doesn't even have an address, so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about!)

    Crying with you tonight.

    bye

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  69. A couple strong moving backs and a whole lot of prayers coming from CR 32.

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  70. Congratulations on selling your house Shannan! Praying for lots of peace (and energy!) in the weeks to come. Blessings, friend :)

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  71. Congratulations. Walking by faith goes hand in hand with fear. What an encouragement you are to those of us afraid to follow and leave our dreams whatever they may be and follow Gods leading. I can't wait to see what He has in store for your beautiful family.

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  72. We will all miss your farm house, because it's what made you, You flowerpatch farmgirl! But we will be with you every step of the way because there's so much more in store for you! Keep looking forward with a big smile on your sweet face.
    Big Hugs,
    C

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  73. Congratulations. I wasn't sure your house was still on the market. I think you should move to Ohio......of course, I would.

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  74. U r so lucky to eat with your family with child.

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  75. Nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. In fact I'll just ditto what your wise mama said. She said it best.

    We've been feeling the winds of change blow through here too. I just sent all my babies off to school for the first time after six years of home school. Uhg! It's hard for all of us. What is God up too? I don't know, but I'll buckle up for the ride anytime!!!

    Looking forward to watching your journey unfold! Love and prayers for you and yours.

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  76. Good luck to you, and to your family. Maybe it will be a wild ride, but an exiting and beautiful journey, too, I am sure :)

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  77. I am both happy and sad for you my friend! Sad for you because as you move forward and leave behind what is comfortable, theres always a note of sadness with it (plus i loved seeing pics of your house and farm!). But happy knowing that you are stepping out the box. I'm anxious to see how God moves in your life in these days ahead. much love to all of you!!

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  78. I'm with you...so are my prayers-that God will work out all the details (like He always does) and that you'll be patient and at peace while He does.

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  79. My parents moved our family from Millersburg, Indiana to Greenville, Ohio when I was in the middle of sixth grade. I informed them that when I turned 18 I was moving back. Didn't happen. I made all new friends, and til I was 18? Not one speck of interest in moving. Calvin will do great! He's a little guy and judging by what you write on here....he shouldn't have any problems being the new kid on the block! Blessings in the coming month...

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  80. Congratulations on your next adventure! This is a blog I actually needed a lot right now because we just made a huge change in our lives. It was one I was called to (going back to work full-time at a homeless shelter) and it will be well...but the transition is scary. I will be praying for you and your family as you make yours.

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  81. Shannan you speak such wisdom, such truth, God uses you to fill me up....

    "For a long time, I would have equated the butterflies with an absence of peace, but I know better this time around. I know that sometimes it's necessary to gather up some extra courage and jump with your eyes closed. Because what's faith without a little fear? How much do we really need to trust when what we're doing is our favorite thing, the easiest thing, the quietest thing?"

    if there is anything I know about you it's that you my friend are brave and just by being here I get a little braver.

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  82. You sold your house! I gasped when I read it. I don't think I thought it would really happen. I feel sad/happy! We will see what kind of adventure waits down the road for you!

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  83. I'm smiling for you today. God's got great and amazing plans for you and it warms my heart that you are so open to those plans. God bless in your new home!

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  84. So excited to see what the Lord has in store for you and your beautiful family. Many blessings!

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  85. Not sure how I missed this post. Congratulations! And something in my heart is sad for you too. But also so excited about where Jesus wants to take you now. Prayers for you and yours.

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  86. congratulations and so excited to travel with you along the way.
    xo

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  87. Hey, as far as your little man switching schools goes...me and my siblings did this about thirteen different times. On moves where we were doing a terrible job adjusting, my mom would pull on her teacher hat and do some homeschooling until we settled in! That was helpful for us!

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  88. you are so brave. Best wishes for your new adventure!

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  89. wow! just like that! GOOD LUCK in your search! but you're on your way!!!
    we're moving from south dakota to north carolina...to a town we've never been, we don't know a soul...leaps of faith indeed! here we go, girl!

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  90. Giosmama26@yahoo.comSeptember 19, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    I am totally in on this one. I'm here with ya to read all about your new journey. Many many blessings to you.

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  91. Oh wow, I have been secretly hoping you never had to leave your gorgeous home but knowing someday you would, I am so overcome with all sorts of emotions for you, probably all the same ones you're feeling. I can tell you this though! The things you keep saying to yourself, they're called mettas -- practices in loving kindness and they are the exact thing you should be doing to help you cope. Say them for all of you and believe it and they will help to calm your nerves. Love you Mama! Everything is going to be alright, even better than alright -- way cool and perfect, just like you!

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  92. OH my goodness I missed this! I was at a show! I'm am so happy for you, praise God! When we moved to Oregon from Minnesota in 2002, my kids were in 6th, 3rd and 1st. new schools... the house we built out there, my hubby didn't like, he wanted land. so 6 months after, my poor children moved to a new state and new schools, they again had to move to another house and ANOTHER NEW SCHOOL! My poor children. It was hard but they survived, I never prayed harder for them. the younger they are the better, they make friends easier. If that wasnt' enough, now we move them BACK to Minnesota this year to yet another new school but now the oldest is 21 and the 3rd grader is a senior and the 1st grader is in 10th, they are doing well and the 6 month old baby back then is now a 4th grader doing great in her new school. So just pray alot and be happy, they will look at your mood to see how your handling the whole thing and take their cues from you!
    God bless you!

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  93. I'm late... but here!! SO excited and thanked God I don't know how many times for this all weekend... just to know He really is doing some things after so long (I say that more for my story you know...) is such a relief!! (cause there for a while I'm pretty sure I wondered... again, more for my story than yours.) Basically, YOUR story is encouraging mine. So there ya go. The way it's supposed to be! Love it, love you and know it's bound to be GOOD!

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  94. Well my dear, we have a LOT to talk about! I knew this day would come and its here, I shed a tear! I am so happy and moved for you and Cory to go where God takes you. And like we have discussed many a times, I do like you close, I do still have long distance girlfriends and I will travel for overnighters if need be! I am coming over with applecrisp (b/c that is what I am craving today), lots of boxes (one being the kleenex box!) and a smile....lets start packin' you up! I am excited for you guys, and I would be lying if I said I was alittle tore up about it too. FYI..I will cry!
    xxoo
    heather

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  95. wasn't alittlew:e up
    I meant to type!
    -heather

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  96. How coincidental. We're moving at the end of October too. And you pretty much summed up my feelings, just more beautifully than I could have done.

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  97. Hey Shannan...I don't know if you remember, we exchanged a couple of emails about making a big move. I can tell you that as hard as it was the day the trucks arrived (I hid in a closet crying!)the past year has been a year of such growth and inner learning. Our boys now call our tiny apt home and don't often miss their old large house. Being together and living the adventure together....it's a beautiful, exciting thing! God bless! So excited to learn where your new home will be :)

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  98. I found your post off Rachelle Garnder's site. I like it.

    change can be scary...I like what you wrote about trusting even in fear.

    For me, I like to remind myself that God is the great "I Am", He was yesterday, today and tomorrow. There is no tomorrow that He doesn't already know about. He will hold you all as life changes.

    God bless.

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  99. I am so blessed by your transparency. Thank you for sharing your journey. I will be following from Nebraska - it's a wonderful place should you end up there. God opens and closes doors in His timing .... and it is always just right. Hind sight is 20/20 - you'll see His plan unfold and say..."WOW - You did all that for little ole me" God is so Good!

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