I had a pitiful year of blogging, didn't I? I was lucky if I got one post up per month, and I didn't nearly capture our adventures in writing like I had planned. My instagram was booming with pictures and brief captions, but my blog took a definite back seat. With parenting, homeschooling, wife-ing, and exploring every chance we got, I simply didn't have the time. It's crazy how busy life gets. And last year was a doozy!
But, folks. Our adventure up north is officially over and we are HOME! Where we belong. :) The Lord was so good to us over the past year and sustained and grew us in ways we never thought possible. His sovereign hand was evident in every single way and I would love to share it all with you when I get more time - maybe over a series of posts. Friends, He is faithful! He is big and He can do mighty things we could never imagine. How grateful I am to have had this past year to experience Him in brand new ways!
I told my husband that I think every family should completely uproot and move off for a year. A year is nothing in the grand scheme, and it's completely doable! It runs the gamut of every emotion - terrifying, exciting, stressful, fun, uncomfortable, satisfying, but the results of having done it are absolutely fantastic. Our little family chord and marriage bond are tighter than ever having been through this past year together. Alone. We poured so much into one another - time, energy, love, life. There were times we had nothing but one another, and those moments bonded us together so sweetly. I will forever cherish our time and experiences we had as we faced new things around every corner.
And after having been gone, it makes being home that much sweeter. I feel like I appreciate everything in a whole new light! I knew that being home would feel great, but it feels even better than I was prepared for. We are overwhelmed with peace for the first time in a long time ... and it feels amazing.
What a year! What an experience! What a journey! What a ride!
Another chapter is closed in this little book we are creating together. When Darin and I started our lives together 10 years ago I never imagined a move up north being a part of our story, but I am so glad it was. And, the next chapter is only beginning .... !
(Thank you to those of you who covered us in prayer over the past year. I am forever grateful to you and for going to the throne on our behalf and for truly caring about my little family. XOXO!)