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Sometimes adults run away too. And that’s perfectly ok.

This is my favorite season of the year. I love Fall and Christmas. But just as weather patterns have seasons, so do we as moms, sisters, friends, and women. I’ve been through seasons of busyness, waiting, hustling, and intention. For some time, I’ve been feeling the call to a season of stillness and rest.

This Thanksgiving, my family and I moved to Vermont. If I was being honest with myself, I’d say we ran away. We ran away from the distractions, the noise, the busy-ness. I try to live my life guided by faith, and I prayed for clarity for some time as I felt the nudge into this season. Just as God has promised, he answered me, with an unmistakable clarity. He told me it was time to rest, to pause, to reflect; and guided by our faith, we made the scary and radical decision to leave our hometown, our dear friends and our families to a place we had never visited. We didn’t stop to try to understand the calling, we put our faith ahead of our fear and we answered the call.

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As you can imagine, this came as quite a surprise for everyone we knew and loved. We didn’t even have answers ourselves to really put into words what had been placed on our hearts.

I want to assure you that we are well. Nothing happened that caused us to make this decision other than the small whisper to “be still”. We made the decision to move and then everything happened at lightning speed. I’m sure our decision left many with uncertainty and concern for us. In less than 5 weeks we had our home rented and an old farmhouse with generations of love having lived in it, found us in a small little town called Charlotte. God has been all over this move showing us clarity in times of doubt and fear.

I don’t know what the next season will call for, or how long this season will last. But I do know that when we ask, He provides.

We’re enjoying the days in Vermont laying low and taking in the sights and beauty all around us. It truly is breathtaking! And it really does look like a scene straight our of a Hallmark movie.

Much love,
~V

Something Radical

It’s been a long while since I posted. To say life has ben crazy, beautiful, busy in an understatement. In the last 5 weeks, we have mourned the illness and death Uncle Spence, said goodbye to our precious foster daughters, helped Mimi through a fall and a subsequent surgery and rehabilitation, packed our home, put in on the market because this week, we move to Vermont!

I still can’t believe this journey we are on. We’re so tired. The kinda tired that even sleep cannot cure. I think our souls are tired. Overwhelmed. We yearn for stillness.

For quietness.

I’ve been on this two year journey to live on purpose and with intention ever since reading Lara Casey’s book, Make It Happen. This past year I started reading her newest book, Cultivate as well as Love Does by Bob Goff. Wonderful, life-changing reads – I highly recommend all three reads.

I was rereading highlighted portions of Make It Happen and came across the part she writes about radical, and what it is and what it means.

“Radical literally means very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary”. Lara Casey

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Everyone is shocked and surprised that we have decided to move our family East. Some think we’re crazy. Some think we’re brave. Some think we’re stupid. We’ve thought them all too. We have decided to uproot our family and plant them across the country in less than 6 weeks! It’s definitely radical of us. We’re still processing it. But truth be told we haven’t really stopped to think much about it. We know if we do our fear and discomfort will hold is back. So we’re pressing on. We’re just doing it. We’re listening to those quiet nudges in our hearts that say “those precious babies need you now more than ever, simplify, get rid of distractions”.

It’s “the kind of radical that changes everything for the better. That thing that has been set deep in your heart. That thing that scares you. That thing that feels impossible right now. That thing that you know would help you and everyone around you”. Lara Casey

This move is radical indeed.

I don’t know what our future holds. I’m excited. We all are for snow, and adventure, and travel, and land. The excitement will wear off and life will go on and science projects will be due and our children will miss our family and friends. We’re aware things will get hard, we’re just not letting that steal our joy today.