Thankfulness is a trait that Will and I have endeavored to set as a pillar of our marriage. Considering we’ve only been married for about 4 1/2 years, I’d say that we are still early on in our marriage. That … Continue reading
Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday. I am not kidding when I say that he starts looking forward to it in September. He LOVES the food, but I think it is more than that too. Will is what I call … Continue reading
Happy Friday Everyone! I like to save particularly happy posts for Fridays, so today I will tell about the BEST part of our move! Yesterday I shared four logistical tips that we learned from our move. Today I want to share with you what really made all the difference in our move – our community.
Sure there are lots of perks (like not having to start the car in the morning anymore because Ellie is snug in the garage), but these particular keys to our smooth moving process look beyond the physical and get to the parts of life that truly matter. My word for the year is “Treasure,” because I want to learn to treasure what God treasures and see the true lasting value in people, things, and experiences. I am sure that the Walsh House will play a large role in that lesson, starting with the moving day. More important than a successful organization system or how much of our house we had unpacked/set up that first day are the people who helped us get there.
5. Family & Friends
Part of the reason we began perusing buying a house was to put down roots in our community of friends and in what God is doing here in this city. Because of that desire, our desire for closeness with our friends, a search for wisdom and guidance, and our general policy of openness – we included our family and friends in this adventure of becoming home owners from start to finish. Our Realtor was even a friend of ours!
Our families would get updates every time we went looking at houses. After we saw the Walsh House… they received even more phone calls and texts asking for guidance, sharing excitement, and asking for prayer. Our friends were involved, praying, and sharing in our excitement all along as well. God even worked out the timing perfectly enough that we were at a game night with several of our good friends when our Realtor called saying the sellers wanted to work with us and gave us the final offer for the house. What a way to celebrate!
Logistically, our family and friends helped a ton! Will and I were blown away by how much my parents (who had to drive 10 hours to get here and then 10 hours home after helping us out tirelessly for 3 days) helped us accomplish! Thanks to them we painted 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, the kitchen, the dining room, and a two toned living room before we moved in. They also put a bunch of elbow grease into helping clean our old place.
Will’s Mom, sister, and Gram came to help on moving day. Their hard work, van space, and knowledge of how we keep our stuff was invaluable on move in day. They hauled so many boxes and helped set up our bedroom, kitchen, living room, and everything! They even brought us house warming gifts to help us continue to turn the Walsh House into the Pomeroy Home.
Our friends all came over and helped load and unloaded boxes, move all the furniture, assemble shelves and tables, and just make the whole process more enjoyable with their smiles and laughs. Seriously, what would have taken Will and I days to do took our friends and family a few hours. God’s love and Jesus’ servant attitude was alive and filling up our new home from the very beginning.
We prayed a lot about buying a house. We asked God to only open the doors He wanted us to walk through and close all others. We asked our friends and family to pray for it as well. We prayed for a stress free move with all emotions in check, we prayed for an easy painting process, we prayed for a safe move and safe travels for our families, we prayed for peace, and we have prayed that God would use this new house for the glory of His name and to be a little spot of His kingdom here on earth. You know what…. all of those prayers have been answered. The move was pretty dang painless, and by God’s grace I managed to not be overly stressed. Painting was a breeze. Our families traveled safely. It’s been one of those seasons where you enjoy the privilege of watching God show up and show off.
7. “Breaking Bread”
We broke in our new house with City BBQ as a thank you to our family and friends for being there for us emotionally, spiritually, and even physically with the move itself. Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than filling it with people you care about who also care about you and sharing a meal with them. Jesus shared meals with people all of the time.
In those moments, it doesn’t matter if your house came off the pages of Better Homes and Gardens or if it is just a pile of boxes. Good Food + Good People = Good Times. That pause in the midst of the transition created space for memories and laughter. Space to make sure that we appreciated what God is doing in our lives, where He had us, where He is taking us, and who He has running along side us.
Will and I were blown away by God, our families, our friends, and how God shined through them throughout this whole process. Sometimes there are seasons when we don’t feel close to God, don’t see Him moving – seasons when we feel stagnate. This is not one of those seasons. This has been one of those seasons when all you can do is look around and stand in awe and wonder.
I don’t know why God loves us the way he does. I know that I don’t deserve it, but I still know that He loves us like crazy. It’s fun to be His kid. I hope that these experiences of ours encourage you, boost your joy, refresh your hope, and remind you that God loves us and He comes through. We are all blessed in one way or another; now for the adventure of finding out why.
Today is Happy Hour Friday! And it’s a complete mystery! I don’t know what Hubster is getting me to drink, but even more so…. He’s taking me on a mystery date! He put it on the calendar 2 or 3 … Continue reading
Day 28: I’m thankful for intentional thankfulness
November isn’t over yet, but I think today’s the best day to layout this month’s learnings.
Now, to be clear I might be the one who’s been doing all the writing, but this challenge is something that Will and I have very much been doing together. It’s been a very fruitful month. I don’t think our house has been so full of cheer since we first got married or first got Izzy. Thankfulness changes everything
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-1
Our eyes were opening up to how ungrateful our attitudes had become. We were coasting. We were lack-luster. It’s funny the way life’s timing works out. Two days after realizing that we lacked thankfulness, we went to church and the sermon was on thankfulness. The verse above was the nail in the coffin for us…. I don’t know if you caught the last part of that verse or not, but it says that it is <strong>God’s will </strong> for us to be thankful. God’s will! Will and I talk a lot about our dreams for life and what we think God’s will is. Well, I have to say that I have never thought about thankfulness being Part of it.
This means you even need to be thankful for the “mess” in your life. To explain that, I am thankful for the huge whole in our kitchen floor because it wouldn’t be there if we didn’t have Izzy.
Intentional thankfulness also means CHOOSING to be thankful. Choosing to be thankful for the things Will and I adore about each other rather than letting the little things annoy and frustrate us.
Intentional thankfulness means hugs, kisses, small celebrations, appreciating the little things, lots of cocoa with EXTRA marshmallows, and laughing. Laughing is key.
There is still a month left in this holiday season, rather than getting caught up in the hubbub whirlwind, the shopping, and the parties walk through it with the intention of being thankful for and savoring each and every Christmas cookie, slice of pie, laugh, friend, card, and even the freezing temperatures.
Be intentional about being thankful. It will change every facet of your life.
I have been a particularly lousy blogger these last couple of months, and it’s time to rectify that. For November I am going to attempt to blog everyday (yes. I know I am a couple days late). I see a … Continue reading