We’re On the Move…



We’ve owned our house for less than two weeks now, and we’re boxing up the last of our belongings and moving everything there in the next week or so. This will make the third place we’ve lived within a year.

And as much as I hate moving and packing and unpacking, I’m so thrilled because it will be the last time for quite awhile (hopefully!) that we’ll have to go through this process. Now rearranging furniture and repainting walls will have to suffice, and I’m quite okay with that!

MOVING AND MISHAPS

The funny thing is that we weren’t really expecting to move this soon. While the lease on our current apartment states that we only need give 30 days to cancel, our landlord informed us that the notice had to be given on the 1st of the month…and we were calling her on November 9th. Which meant that we were going to have to rent it for the month of December as well.

But we got to thinking and, more importantly, praying. We decided to see if we could find someone to move into our apartment early, so that we wouldn’t have to pay for all of December. (Because heavens knows we could put that money to good use elsewhere!)

With a couple of ads posted on Craigslist, I started packing up our belongings, trusting that the peace I felt in my heart about the situation was encouragement to trust that something would work out.

Within about a week, I got an email from a woman interested in seeing our place. As it turns out, her workplace is only blocks away and so she was thrilled with the location. And of course, the cheap rent doesn’t hurt either!

ANOTHER ANSWERED PRAYER
The holidays through a wrench in things and we hadn't heard anything in some time, so I was beginning to wonder if it really would work out. But then, today, my landlord called and told me that the woman decided to rent the apartment and is planning on moving in mid-December, which will give us time to do a little painting in the house before moving but still help keep a couple extra hundred dollars in our pockets. Perfect timing, right? Which of course happens to be exactly what I had been praying for when we started praying for a replacement tenant.

You know, when I prayed that I would be “pleasantly surprised” with this whole house thing, I really was not asking for much. I just wanted everything to be okay, to be liveable, to not be a burden or cause financial ruin. Yet every aspect of this process—from inspecting the house and negotiating for updates to finding someone to move into our apartment—has proved to be above and beyond what I imagined possible. I asked for the bare minimum, and instead I have been showered with rich abundance every step of the way.

It has been breathtaking to say the least. Pleasantly surprised doesn’t even begin to describe it!

And so I sit here, with cardboard boxes scattered around, the walls of our apartment blank and bare once again. I can barely believe all this is actually happening. But it is, and for that, I am in complete and utter awe.

TAKING A BREAK FOR THE HOLIDAYS
So, with this hasty move and all the settling in that comes with it (plus a holiday or two mixed in), I’ve decided to take a break during December from posting new content. Instead, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite posts from the archives that I’ve written over the past two years.

If you’ve been following for very long, I hope that you enjoy getting to re-read many of these posts. And if you’re new to Life Blessons, I hope that this little trip down memory lane will be an enjoyable one for you.

I’ll be spending the extra time unpacking and painting and dreaming up creative ways to turn this house into a home. And then in January I’ll be back with a fresh line-up of new posts, plenty of updates and a brand new series to kick the new year off. Happiest of holidays, friends.

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5 comments:

  1. what a blessing that everything has worked out for y'all! i hope that it continues to go well and that the move goes smoothly. it's so amazing how God always comes through. we get nervous and then He reminds us He's got things under control.

    i never linked back to one of my posts in a comment, but my husband and i were a situation so similar to yours that it's crazy. and God came through for us too. if you want another reminder of his goodness, here it is!:

    http://thebredewegs.blogspot.com/2011/08/news.html

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  2. I've been studying prayer and sometime I read this morning reminds me of your situation. I was looking at the ways God answers us based on stories in Scripture. Solomon asked God for understanding so he could better govern the people. He was given that discerning mind and wisdom to an incredible degree *and* more than he thought to ask for- riches, honor and the promise of a long life if he followed God continually. Stories like that AND this story of your prayer for a pleasant surprise being surpassed are so encouraging and humbling! How little we are, and yet the Lord takes such great care of us and blesses us so richly as His children. I love it. :)

    Looking forward to your new posts in January! Merry Christmas in advance! :)

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  3. Praise God! His timing is perfect!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Carmen.

    And THANK YOU =)

    I'm looking forward to reading some of your older posts.

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  4. Kristin, I LOVE LOVE that biblical reminder that God has been doing this same very thing for his children all along. It's so beautiful!

    Merry Christmas + Happy New Year to you both, too!

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  5. Congratulations on the new house! Also, it was a great joy to read about God's answers to your prayers :). Thanks for sharing his grace and the perfectness of his plan.

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