I look around our lovely home and know in just a few short weeks, it will be our’s no longer. The door that we’ve walked through a thousand times, will be locked to us for the first time. A new family will reside in the place we still currently call home. It’s an odd, sad feeling.
We brought our youngest home from the hospital here after his birth. We have four precious years of memories wrapped in these walls. The pirate decorations I put up of for our newborn, now 4 years old, are probably the hardest for me to take down.
It is hard to leave such a place, but we are ready for what comes next.
I sit in our kids room as I draw inspiration for this post. Feelings overwhelm me as I peer out their window into the backyard where they’ve played their many games. Where birthday parties have taken place. Where we built their first swing set. Where our oldest has spent many late nights jumping on the trampoline. Where our first garden was finally built – oh the plans I had for that garden.
Such beautiful, warm and happy memories. This house is a part of them, but it didn’t create them. I must remember we are the ones that made this place a home. Our little family and the memories we made, are what gave this little plot of land life.
As long as we are together as a family, I keep reminding myself, it will be alright. As long as we are growing and working together, there will be many more wonderful memories in our future.
I will always be grateful for this place, it was such a huge achievement and always a great blessing to us. We let it go with love and a prayer for the family who comes to take it as their own.
We pray they know this home is special. That they feel as safe and blessed living here as we did. Our hope is they take excellent care of a home that took excellent care of us.
It’s very emotional moving from a place we never thought we’d leave, but we feel like God is calling us elsewhere. And if that is what He is asking, we’ll pick up our belongings and faithfully follow. We trust that whatever is to come in our future – God has a magnificent plan, and it is good.
He has always seen to the needs of this family – this Christmas He showed up in many powerful ways. Way’s that will forever shape the hearts of my husband and me.
It is with sadness and excitement that we leave. As I pack up our thing’s over the next few weeks I will continue to pray for the strength and courage to take this leap of faith with joy, excitement and trust in His calling.
I will not collapse into a pile of “why, God, why.” Instead I say “yes, Lord, lead us.”
That leap of faith is never easy, but it’s not meant to be. I feel like I keep hearing Him say “Lesly, walk with me on this next journey. Let go of the things of old. Let go of the plans YOU had and embrace the ones I am unfolding before you. Dreams that are better, filled with more life, filled with prosperity and absolute joy. Just take the first few steps… I am with you.”
How can I not follow that gentle promising urging. He doesn’t just say “trust me,” He says “you can trust me – take my hand and lets go on a new adventure.”
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
Once again, we take that leap knowing full well, He will catch us. He has a plan. We are safely held in His hand.
It’s okay to be sad
Yes, I feel like it’s okay to be a little sad. A chapter is closing in our lives but I can’t get stuck in those feelings. I can’t feel like the best part of our lives is behind us, sold along with this home. I refuse to believe that! The best day’s are in front of us.
If I can let go of the past and embrace the the promises God has embedded in our future – we will be strong, loving, and we will once again see the mighty works of God’s hand in our lives.