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After moving to Tennessee I can’t tell you how excited I am to see all my homeschool friends again from Charlotte at the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Spartanburg, SC. As I’ve said many times before this is the highlight of our year. We get encouraged in parenting, in our marriage, in homeschooling and it’s a great time to just fellowship with our sweet friends, old and new.

Can I encourage you, if you’ve been on the fence, to go ahead and get your family tickets this year? There are four locations to choose from.

Nashville, TN
Spartanburg, SC
Washington, D.C.
Dallas, TX

And you only have a couple more days to get the early bird price of only $45 for the entire family! For that cost you’ll get 2 1/2 days at the best homeschool convention around, inspiring speakers to listen to, a large vendor hall to shop in and many new friends to make!


The children’s program is stellar. My kids absolutely love it and meet so many like minded friends. They are so excited to see their friends they made last year that they’ve become pen pals with.

My family will be at the Nashville and Spartanburg locations and we really hope we get a chance to meet you! In Nashville my husband and I will be there helping to represent Cities 4 Life. Come by and say hi!


Did you know that when you register you will receive 3 months free of the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Planner? Definitely something you need to check out.

Or how about, if you sign up a group of ten or more your cost is only $35/family instead of $45.

Well hurry up! You have til the end of the day December 31st!

See you there!


Trusting Him to Move

December 16, 2013

I told you about this story in a previous post but I want to tell you all the details because it’s just that good.


When we were looking for a house in Nashville we weren’t sure if we were going to rent or buy. We honestly had no idea what kind of money we were going to have at the end of the transaction. We decided to look mainly at rentals because of our recent experience of being trapped in a house that had lost a large amount of its value and was surrounded by foreclosures and shortsales. And, let’s be real, we don’t know anything about Tennessee, we need time to look around.


So we looked at so many rentals. My favorite one was one that was half the size of our current house. It was precious, I loved everything about it. Unfortunately, it went under contract that same day.


We looked at many others but there was always something that turned one of us away. I would say, “too big.” He would say, “too far away.” And this went on and on and on. We finally came to one that was a great price for a beautiful house. It had a great backyard for the kids and was out in the boonies which made my lil country heart happy. We walked through with the owners and decided to sleep on it. The landlords were so sweet. The next morning we submitted our application. That night we were at the house to show the kids. In case the landlord was going to be showing the house to anybody else we decided to call and let them know we’re looking around the outside just to show the kids since we didn’t take them in the previous night. The landlords told us they’d be right over in twenty minutes and they’ll let us all walk through the house.


That was so kind of them! To drive all that way to let us in. We thanked them profusely. My lil three year old loved the emptiness and went crazy running around the inside and through the backyard. I took a bazillion photos so I could plan how to arrange furniture and such.


Two days later, hours before we were to leave town, the landlord called to say we’ve been declined. Though he did not say it was our family size we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that is why he turned us away. But to say that it was because of our family size when admit discrimination and be grounds for a lawsuit. We’re not those kind of people. But I have repented of the thoughts I did have.


Our hearts shattered. We had nowhere to live and no time left to find a house. We tried to see if we still had to sell our house. After a brief talk with a friend he told us there was no way out.


My husband and I spent our last night in Nashville awake. Our minds reeling. Regret coating our thoughts. Feeling betrayed by a stranger.


In the wee hours of the morning we both began heaving tears. Broken and feeling like we’d failed our family.


Then we prayed. We lowered ourselves and allowed Yahweh to lead us. We admitted that on our own we are helpless and hopeless. That if He wanted us there like we believed He did that He would make the paths straight.


Our hearts were softened and we got online to relook at all the houses we had been in that week. As we were looking at one in particular I saw something in the neighbors driveway. We decided to go back to that one. It was a Saturday so there was no possible way of getting a realtor to take us inside the house. Instead we went to the neighbors house. And sure enough what we saw in the driveway was indeed a large van. Complete with a gaggle of little feet stickers on the back window. The neighbors have seven children and they homeschool. A couple doors down? Homeschoolers. A couple more doors down? More homeschoolers. And not long after we moved in we discovered we had a mutual friend whom I adore with our next door neighbors!


What we thought we were missing out on when we were declined on the first house was Yahweh redirecting our steps to something better. And the price had just been lowered on the house. Something that was going to help us immensely. The downside? The inside of the house is yellow. Yes folks, yellow. And don’t tell me it’s cheery. You’re talking to a cool color person. But I am THANKFUL we have a house to live in! And they don’t mind a large family renting. Let me tell you, we’re going to keep that house nicer than we kept the one we were paying a mortgage on.


I’m so thankful Yahweh knows better than we do. So thankful that He was watching as we wept and prayed. Thankful that He is always taking care of us if we’re willing to follow Him.


Each step of this journey has been filled with eucharisteo. Sometimes it’s hard to see at first but there’s such a bigger picture. So now I will get accustomed to my temporary little yellow house. May it constantly remind me to rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction and constant in prayer.


[edited: When we moved in the majority of the house had been painted to a much more enjoyable color. There’s still a good portion of yellow but not like living inside a bottle of mustard anymore.]



Divine Meetings

December 14, 2013


We didn’t know where to move. To stay in South Carolina. To return to Ohio. To find land in North Carolina. We simply did not know where our next steps were supposed to be. I want to let you in on how we were able to know that Yahweh was leading us to Nashville. And how we fought the enemy, knowing that he doesn’t want us out there. This will be more of a timeline because I could write a book about every obstacle.

When listing our house we weren’t too enthusiastic knowing we were up against new builds. Five months earlier our realtor had encouraged us to short sale.

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I’d Do It Again

December 13, 2013

Over the past six years we’ve looked for other houses to move to. We’ve looked for land. There are times we wanted to throw our hands up and move back to Ohio. We’ve had our joys but we’ve also had some really rough times. However, I would do all this all over again. Every scowl, every tear, every hurt was making us better.


“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”


I’m going to be open with you. My husband and I went through a really rough valley moving to South Carolina. This was the first time we were away from family. We were fully relying on each other. The sad part is, we weren’t fully relying on God. Our faith was tested in ways we hadn’t experienced before.


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Prepping for Allume

October 19, 2013

::Just a quick update::

We found out just over two weeks ago that we’ll be relocating to Nashville. So to say things have been hectic is a major understatement. Getting a house of eight ready to show is kinda crazy. Thankfully I’ve taken some fantastic advice from The Nester and have made this place look Nest-tastic! Pictures to follow once it’s ready.


So while I’m completely sleep deprived we’ve had many confirmations from Yahweh that this is the direction He wants us to go. I can’t wait to share those with you!

Also, I’ve taken up the position of Media Relations with Cities 4 Life. I can not even begin to tell you how much this fills my heart with joy! We’re looking to start a blogger affiliates program, so all you peeps at Allume can be prepared. My husband and I will both be attending. He’ll be speaking on behalf of Food for the Hungry.

Gotta run. Til I need another excuse to stop prepping the house…