Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stepping Out In Faith

A couple of years ago my husband and I felt it was time to consider moving.  This was huge for us because when we built our house, we built it with the intention of never moving again. But in the first 5 years of being in our house we went from 3 children to 6. The majority of the decision was based on 2 things. The first being that we had 5 girls and their bedroom is only about 10' X 12'. Hardly big enough for all of them. We decided to hold out because our son was a senior in high school and we didn't want to move him for his last year.

Now, a year later we are actively working towards finding another home. We have been so happy here, but feel it is time to move closer to civilization. (we're about 1/2 from the town where we spend 5 days a week - at dance and church). We don't want to move back to a big town (we love the country) so we're looking at moving about 1/2 way closer. We still can had enough land to build a small hobby farm, and still be close enough that we're not going through 2 tanks of gas every week.

The dilemma - we're very close to deciding to build again.
The struggle - we need to sell our house, so we can use the equity as a deposit.

Hmmm, that means we're potentially going to have to rent while we build. Which ultimately means moving two times in one year. Not really what I want, but the end result is so.... exciting?!?!

So, I've begun the process of destashing. There are 8 of us in a 1450 sq. ft. house. Yikes! Stuff accumulates so fast. My new motto is: If I don't want to pack it (possibly twice) then we don't need it. 

We considered this last summer, right after my son's graduation, but it didn't come about. Things changed this weekend and the process is moving again. This time feels different and everything seems to be falling into place much easier. It's the end of the school year for us, so I will have a lot more time to devote to preparing our house to sell.  Now I'm just praying for God's direction and will, which is ultimately what both my hubby and I want. God is amazing and I feel like exciting things are on their way!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Repurposing Myself

At the beginning of 2012 I gave myself a word for the year. The word I came up with was FOCUS. My goal was/is to be a better wife, mother, and example to my children.  By changing the things I don't like about myself, I can repurpose myself into the woman I want to be.  To be more purpose driven, I decided to pick areas that I feel I want to see the biggest change.

F - Faith & Family

O - Organization

C - Children

U - Unclutter

S - Scripture & School

I've set out to change these specific areas of my life to be a better example to my children. I don't feel like I'm terrible at these things, but I do feel we can all grow and change for the better. Some of this (mostly the unclutter & organize categories) will be the biggest challenge for me.  For those that don't know our family grew quickly, and in 8 years I went from being a mother of 1 to being a mother of 6. I let my organization slip because of lack of sleep and energy.

So, I'm beginning a new chapter of mothering the way God wants me to, so I can be an example that my daughters can some day look up to. I've decided to try to find time to blog again so that I can journal my progress.


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