Wednesday, April 09, 2014

a new road home.


if i labeled my life with a theme, it would be something like "don't get too comfortable". a little annoying, but 100% true and good for my soul. you probably know a little about this way of living, one life-changing circumstance after another. dreams and hope rewritten by the one who promises to lead us all the way. well, as the lord would have it, in 48 days we'll load a moving truck with our worldly possessions and begin an almost 1400 mile journey south, to our new home. 

a version of this new direction has been in the sights since last summer. we've been blessed so crazy good with what we have here in this small town north dakota life. these last few years here, our family has changed so much. we've learned a lot about ourselves, and more about jesus. the gospel has definitely been made very real to us. and we really have grown to love it here in the great white north. but it's time to move on.

details like future schooling and support for elijah, desperately desiring a church home, shorter winters, and job transfer availability led us to research and pray about options for a relocation. after countless hours of internet searches, phone calls, emails and weary prayers, we're feeling propelled to birmingham, alabama. as with any transition, there are pros and cons. and just because you feel completely sent on a new road, doesn't mean you can see the way clearly. does that mean you don't go?

we've been given the gift of knowing a few things for sure, but mostly, this is another lesson in trusting the lord. resting in the promise found in 1 peter 5. we can confidently give him all our questions and worries, denying the pride of knowing it all, and trust him. because he cares for us. in his great power and wisdom, he will care for us better than we could ever work out a single detail on our own. that's freedom!

so. this is a huge part of why i'm absent and absent-minded lately :) i am overwhelmed by the huge-ness of it all. knowing i can trust god with all of this and actually doing that each day is proving to be a battle. i would love your prayers for us! as we continue to follow the lord's lead, making plans, but not jumping ahead of his way. for anyone, moving can be a difficult strain on the mind, body and soul. i'm really seeing that having a child with special needs adds a whole 'nother dimension of jesus, take the wheeli tend to get all "back seat driver" on jesus. like, i can have him drive and lead, no problem! as long as i can shout my directions to him. to help him out, obviously. 

of course, there's plenty more on my heart about all this. such as mixed emotions galore and awesome things god has already shown us about our new home! for today, i just wanted to tell you we're moving. he is with us and ahead of us. praise him!
i'm thankful for supportive friends and family who pray for us and encourage us. i'm excited to continue to share here how the lord is orchestrating the meeting of all our needs. 

i lift up my eyes to the hills. from where does my help come? my help comes from the lord, who made heaven and earth. he will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. behold, he who keeps israel will neither slumber nor sleep. the lord is your keeper; the lord is your shade on your right hand. the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. the lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. the lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. psalm 121 esv

38 comments:

  1. okay two things:

    I love the back-seat-driver visual. that's classic and precisely me. so you're not alone ;)

    and also? praying so hard for that church family for you. not sure if that's already ironed out but I remember how difficult that was for you to give up, and these past six months since Trey has been with us we've been having a hard time getting to church or staying in the service once he fusses. so I know how it aches to miss that. we will be going back soon, praise Jesus, but all that to say: I know the ache. and I'm praying you find exactly what you've been missing. xo (kissing heart emoji)

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    1. yes! i have bad (chronic?) back seat driver issues :):)
      and praying for you, for joy in this season with trey, and for a soon return to routine for y'all!
      love you, aly!

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  2. i'll be praying for peace during this little patch for you guys!

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  3. will be praying for you and the family during this next season of uncomfortableness- He is your strength and help! love you!

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  4. This. I love this so much! So excited for you. Will be praying for the road ahead!

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  5. "and just because you feel completely sent on a new road, doesn't mean you can see the way clearly. does that mean you don't go?"
    you're speaking right to my heart and soul. with graduation 16 days away, and a move to california in july, i'm feeling all these feelings too. especially the desire for a church home. i love my church here so much. Jesus, take the wheel.

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    1. praying for you, kimberly. love you, HE CARES FOR YOU. xo

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  6. friend? i rejoice at the possibility and hope of this new turn in your life. and i'm praying for hope and peace in the midst of all the unknown that comes along with it.

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    1. amen, hope and peace. HE IS.
      thankful for your prayers, dear ellen. love you

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  7. Praying, Hannah! We are going through a move also and it is scary, wild, unsure, exciting crazy...
    We're still wondering the destination and ministry shift, but that will be His timing like you said : )
    So glad you know it's Alabama - cant wait to know our next state!! Maybe we'll be neighbors some day!!
    Best wishes through it all sweet girl

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    1. praying for you, too! and would love to be neighbors any time :):)

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  8. In the midst of the unknown, there is also that shred of excitement and newness. :) I am thrilled for you hannah! Praying the Lord meets all your (and your family's) needs out there in Alabama. He knows them, He is preparing the way. Keep continuing in your obedience. :) You inspire me.

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    1. amen amen. love you and appreciate your prayers! miss your face, cuppa. xo

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  9. Alabama's a lot closer to me than North Dakota- woohoo! Scary and exciting all wrapped up in this adventure! Praying for y'all Hannah! xoxo

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    1. thanks for praying. and it sure is! we'll meet sooner or later! :)

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  10. hannah.. I know it has been awhile. I can relate to your move in many ways! may god comfort with you with peace and be your confidence. If you ever visit coastal north carolina, please message me! hugs! love, jurita

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    1. thank you, sweet jurita! appreciate your prayers, and would love to see you sometime! xo

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  11. What a beautiful post. It did this mamas heart some good to read your words today. We are on the countdown to our move as well. It's scary to leave the best you have created as a mom - friends, support system, favorite parks and groceries where you know every isle. Thanks Hannah, and praying for a wonderful move for you.

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  12. I needed to read this today. Thank you Hannah. Gearing up for our move in just two months exactly and we are far from ready. Leaving this well fluffed nest I have here to an unknown one is scary. You have reminded me that He is there, that was a blessing. Praying for a wonderful move and transition for you Hannah.

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    1. yes yes yes. scary and exciting. praying for your sweet family, too, nessa!
      keep in touch! xo

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  13. So excited for your new adventure!

    On a practical sidenote, I read a blog by a funny, Christian lady in Birmingham! She just posted this which looks like a fun way to explore the city! http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2014/04/little-local-look-n-find-avondale-park.html

    <3

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    1. becky! thanks for this link! she's amazing! xo

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  14. I am thinking of you and praying for you on this journey...it seems exciting to me!!!

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    1. thanks for praying, friend. it IS exciting! emotional, scary and very exciting haha!

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  15. Sweet Hannah- you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you gear up for this BIG move. Good news(for my own selfish reasons) is that I might actually get to meet you face to face in Alabama because that is where my in-laws live.

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    1. thank you for praying! and GIRL. absolutely keep in touch. and visit your inlaws asap :):) xoxo

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  16. Hannah,
    I will def. be praying for your sweet family,
    And especially your boy. I am smitten
    With you and the way you share your heart
    And story it's inspring! Love how you listened
    To gods plans for you and your family!
    Your can get through this transition, your strong
    Alexandra

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    1. sweet alexandra. thank you! god is good all the time.
      you're a blessing! xo

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  17. Praying for your family Hannah! We recently moved too. Whew. What a big undertaking, and it was only about a 10 mile move :) Blessings to you during this transition my sweet friend!

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  18. Hannah girl, what exciting news. God is so good! And Alabama ain't to shabby either. Many prayers and well wishes in your new journey.
    xxO
    My husband goes to Alabama at least twice a year for training. I'm trying to convince him of moving there when the boys go off to college there. I figure if I tell them enough that's where they're going they will. Ha!

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  19. oh this is so exciting sweet friend! will be praying for y'all in the transition!

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  20. I'm not moving 1400 miles away and still it's hard moving with a family. I've been praying this song to The Lord for the last month- hoping you can find some encouragement too!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CR5IoWH9OiI

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  21. i'm excited for your migration south, and for all the possibility it brings. i'll pray for solid heart-friends and a church family that's just waiting for someone like you. your little crew will do all sorts of wonderful wherever God leads you, of this i am sure.

    can't wait to see what the next chapter holds. love you, my hannah.

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  22. Wow, Alabama! Can't wait to hear about your new adventures in the South! I will pray for your transition and that God would lead you each step of the way! :)

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  23. Been thinking about you this week as you prepare to move!

    May you feel Gods presence with every box taped up, in the midst of teary goodbyes + stomach churning excitment!

    All my love to you guys!

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