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oh, hi there..

It's been so long since I've last posted. 

Escrow has closed, we are now homeowners in Franklin, Tennessee! {still can't believe I'm saying that!} Let me say for the record, buying a home across the country and having it remodeled while you're still across the country is...something I probably wouldn't do again! And it's a good thing we don't ever plan on doing again so there's that. 

We've contracted a gardener to take care of the land until Chris gets his own riding lawn mower :::Santa has already taken note::: Two of the bathrooms have been remodeled, the wood floors are almost done being re finished and carpet goes in next week! We are doing the rest of the remodel ourselves, because with 3 small kids we obviously have all the extra time.

We are literally counting down the days until we get to pack up the truck and say adios to California. We don't have an exact date nailed down but hoping and praying we have a date come next week. If you catch my drift, please be praying for the job! :) Things are looking good. 

 It's been a rough couple of weeks, we are so ready to be in our own home and own space again as a family. I'm struggling big time with that. I'm continuing to learn a lot about myself as we wind down on this adventure that we've been on for over a year. A lot of them aren't pretty but God is showing me things about my heart and my attitude that I need to work on. One thing I take comfort in is we are all a work in progress and none of us are ever going to have it all together.

I have to daily pray and ask the Lord to take the burdens, frustrations, stress and overwhelming feeling I carry around from me, sometimes multiple times a day. Trying to pack with three small kids, stay on top of the contractors, help my man with finding a job and plan a cross country move on top of keeping everything else in life going is a lot and I find myself constantly frustrated. Did I mention I'm sleep deprived? Why does Starbucks not have a home delivery truck yet?! 

Yes, these days are long. Yes, I feel like I'm sinking half the time and playing catch up. But God's grace has saved me and I'm reminded daily of that and all of the incredible blessings He has bestowed upon us, I am so unworthy. God is so faithful and I'm grateful that He has a way of reminding us of that.

JOY. I want it... all day, everyday.... no matter what comes our way.
 
So there's my heart, spilled out for y'all to read. 
It's real and may you be encouraged knowing you aren't alone in whatever trial, frustration and circumstance you're in. 

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