This past Tuesday marked ONE YEAR of Greg working at Water Street Mission.
This past Saturday marked ONE YEAR of when we listened & where led into the land of Pennsylvania.
I wasn’t necessarily thrilled,
to move YES,
for Greg to get this job YES,
to know we following where God into unfamiliar territory YES
to Pennsylvania…ehhh, not so much.
but oh how a year changes things.
Into the land of Pennsylvania we went,
came R A G I N G in
on different days
for both of us
on different levels
for different reasons.
but often I’ve found that
when you’re following God into those unfamiliar territories
its not all rainbows & butterflies
it’s more like storm-clouds & mosquitoes...
its scary,tiring, and unclear
and honestly just flat out annoying
oh how exhausting it can be
defeating, until you realize
the storm-clouds bring that revitalizing rain that nourishes
& the mosquitoes eventually die or get eaten by birds
& then you realize all these things made way for
Sure enough in this past year
of where I had to learn how to stay and give thanks
to bloom where I’m planted & adjust,
God has us moving yet again.
Same state, same city, different house.
and this time around
I. AM. THRILLED.
to be staying in Lancaster,
to have grown so much by following,
& to be beside Greg through it all
as Jesus continues doing His leading thing.
If you haven’t picked up on this yet,
I like to record data, reflect,chart growth, & apply the learned data.
( as evidenced by the making of this blog 😉
Last, year before we moved I wrote a post called Come On In
which featured pictures from our very first apartment as husband and wife.
I wrote it for three reasons;
1) to have record of our cherished first living space as husband and wife,
2) to have photographs of it,
3) to give you readers who are already a part of our lives as you’ve been reading
a little glimpse into our humble abode.
As we prepare for another move, I figured why not keep up with the tradition?
Below you will find photos of our cherished 2nd living space as husband & wife
( now featuring a dog & cat that weren’t part of the fam when we 1st moved in)
T H I S A P A R T M E N T
was our refuge during the storm-clouds & pesky mosquitoes
a place where for the past 10 months
we grew and cried and laughed and tried
a place where we welcomed everyone
but naturally not everyone who follows our story
was able to make it over
but dear friend/reader ( freader? )
we. invite. you.
to COME ON IN Lancaster city edition 😉
check out our apartment sweet apartment.
these spaces that have beheld our deepest tears & deepest chuckles.
where forgiveness + gentleness + patience now abound, after much practice
we are moving soon
but this apartment
with all the character that it has is;
part of our story
part of God’s provision
part of making me a better woman + Greg a better man
& part of turning all our guests into family.
so though we are physically moving,
may you look at these photos and be moved
to appreciate the space you’re in
to soak up each room
and to say thank you for all the solace its provided.
Thank to You, Jesus, for the courage your provide for us to follow,
we’ll commit to doing so for the rest of our lives.
Thanks to you 351, valeu*.
* Brazilian Portuguese translation for it was worth it/it’s been real
Thanks to you freader, for following our journey,
come on in.
|Up the stairs|
|the porch where lots of Greg brewing & lady eating 3 pound of raw cornish hens took place ( another storyfor another day)|
|an aerial of the mudroom|
|where I 1st held Dorcas’ baby Jack,& where Greg tapped + kicked his 1st keg|