Day 365 - The Final Post

Here we are at the end.

The end of a journey that I was scared to begin.

I didn't know what God had in store for me as I trusted Him fully with my heart, but I knew that I had to find a way to give everything to Him.

My trust, my patience, my love, and my thanksgiving.

I remember thinking that I was being foolish. That opening myself up like this would surely result in "testing" from God.

That He would desire to throw every horrible situation at me, to show me what it meant to truly be thankful every day.

It was terrifying, but He asked me to trust Him.

And I did.

This has been a hard year; a hard, wonderful, painful, exciting, amazing, difficult year...

I've shared things about myself that I had kept long hidden from even those close to me. 

I've seen the healing  of a pain I didn't realize I had.

I've experienced physical and emotional healing. 

I've grown so much in my relationship with Christ and I've finally accepted that it is in His timing that all things come to fruition.

I know that I missed a few (-ahem- more than a few, I know!) days here at the end. Moving and finishing school all at the same time got the better of my time management skills!

With this year under my belt I have gained a lifelong perspective, though it is one that the Bible clearly outlines for us... I guess it just took me awhile to own it for myself... In everything give thanks.

Thank you for coming along with me. I hope that your heart has been forever changed too.

With love,


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Day 354 - New Heart

This whole year has really changed me.

Each moment is a new chance to flex my new heart... My new trust in God.

This whole experience with moving has giving me many opportunities to trust.

Just yesterday, we went up to the apartment to check on things (we have the lease for another 3 weeks)... and the door was unlocked and there was a washer/dryer set just sitting in the living room.

Now, since I am still financially liable for anything that happens in that apartment, I was a little annoyed... to say the least.

But after just a second of frustration, I saw the good.

This was truly something to be thankful for...

Today I went and talked to the apartment manager about closing our lease out early, which she agreed to... and we saved a ton of money!

I am so thrilled!

Thank you God for working in my life so much over the last year. Each time "the world" tries to get me down, I look for your face and see the good that you have waiting for me.

I am thankful that thankfulness is coming so easily now.

I am thankful that my heart is truly changed. 

I am thankful that it's no longer only "special" things that elicit thanksgiving, but rather everything is worthy of thanks to God.

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Day 340 - Tiny Tuesday


I don't know how we functioned before the cell phone.

It seemed like we did ok...

My parents always knew where we were. We didn't have any emergencies that needed a Google search to solve...

But those days are gone.

Saturday was our final day of moving... and the skies poured out about 5 inches of rain on us.

So, at about 4:30pm as I pulled into the apartment complex for yet another load of boxes... it started to really come down.

I grabbed my phone and my drink and ran into the apartment.

Soaked to the bone and weary to boot, I got right to work packing up the last of the stuff from around the house.

After about an hour the rain slowed down to a fine mist and The Mister started taking boxes down to the car...

To my complete shock, he didn't come back up empty handed...

He came back with my iPhone and shattered case in hand.

Apparently, my phone had slipped from my pocket as I was frantically trying not to drown... fallen onto the parking lot pavement, and then gotten run over after that!!!

God is so good. My case was shattered into a million pieces, but my phone was in perfect condition.

I am thankful that the OtterBox case really does work as well as advertised.

I am thankful that God saved us from the several hundred dollar cost of replacing my phone.

I am thankful that the skies are blue today :-)

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Day 339 - Finished

I thought we were doing so well.

Unpacking each box as it made its way to the new house had been so easy, until this past Saturday!

Here is my beautiful living room, with that couch that I was almost done ripping...

And the heretofore cleared out dining room...

And the room that I shutter to think about... my craft room.

As a frame of reference for the boxes in the craft room, ALL of that stuff was neatly organized into a single closet at our apartment. I'm hoping I can get it sorted away quickly... it's quite overwhelming to look at in this state!

On the plus side, every.single.thing. is out of our old place!! That means we can really get to unpacking and organizing now... no more packing and hauling for us!

I am thankful that we have a beautiful new home that we get to organize and make lovely.

I am thankful that I have a wonderful work-horse husband who will move things around and help me get everything sorted out.

I am thankful that it's summer break and I can focus on getting unpacked!

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Day 335 - Ripping

Victoria - 1
Couch - 0

I went a little crazy today and ended up ripping almost all the fabric off of the couch!

This was the couch at about 10am this morning...

And then I got to work... and here it is a few hours later!

Only a few more hours of effort and I'll be ready to start putting the new fabric back on!

That is if I can find the staple gun...

I am thankful that the fabric is coming off so easily.

I am thankful that my new living room is large enough to accommodate this project!

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