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Last Tuesday night, I cried myself to sleep thinking about Graeme saying goodbye to his friend Bear. Oh God, please give friends to my boys when we move to our new place!, I prayed as I drifted off to sleep. Oh, and Lord, I know you have housing for us. Please show us what it is that you have for us. Build our faith. You probably think I can't be serious that on Tuesday night, just six days before we moved all of our earthly possessions to our new town, I was praying for housing. For the last several weeks, as we've been on a housing hunt, I've told countless friends and family members the same pat line-- I'm not worried. I know that God has a place for us and it's just not time for us to know it yet. (I had good reason to say it. Remember this? And then this? God taught me a lot about his faithfulness and my faithlessness through that situation. It's something I hope to never forget.)
Last Tuesday night, I met up with a pal for one last coffee date. This pal of mine, she's a good one. (I love you and am so thankful for you, Annie!) As we sat in the car and talked late, the coffee shop doors locked and the parking lot long emptied, God encouraged my heart. I just know that whatever God has, it's really special. Because everything in this process has been so right and we've known it's been from God's hand. Those were Annie's words to me. I love how, when our faith is beginning to quiver and fade, God sends along encouragement to bolster that faith. Her words were like Aarons and Hurs to me, holding up my weak arms in the middle of a faith battle.



The next morning, I was reading a book to Graeme as Steve packed up boxes in the spare room and Jobie unpacked another at an even pace. I was reading from the book If Everybody Did and this phrase caught my eye-- what you wait for waits for you. I stopped and looked at Steve and said-- that's our phrase, babe-- I'm claiming it for our housing situation. A few hours later, we received the news that, yes!, God had provided housing for us. God allowed a facebook status, by one of our new friends in Pleasant Hill (thank you, Kristi!), to open up a connection with the owners of this beautiful place. You guys. I can't even. It's a beautiful house in the woods. We've been half joking with friends and family that we've moved into a little cabin in the woods-- a really nice and beautiful cabin in the woods! With a pond and lily pads in our backyard. (It's so close to the church that Steve can ride his bicycle to work in under ten minutes!) With a wood-burning stove in the master bedroom and another in the living room. Fruit trees, chickens, and room for a garden. A guest bedroom-- so come visit us! Wooden shingles, exposed beams, and a large deck looking out to the pond. White walls and generous natural light. See? I told you. I can't even begin to tell you the fullness of this place we'll call home! 



This week, while we are vacationing down the coast of Oregon and California, an amazing gift in itself!, the owners of this home that we'll be renting are finishing up the renovations for the first floor. (It has a daylight basement as well.) So, for now, I'm sharing these pictures and cannot wait to share more in the coming weeks. 



I'm rejoicing in God and thankful for so many of you who have been praying with us throughout this time!

p.s. the winner of the Ann Voskamp giveaway is Shanna! (I  quietly clapped and whispered over to Steve--because we're in a hotel room and the boys are fast asleep!-- when your number popped up via random.org!) Yay! And, as soon as I find Ann's book, it will be on its way to you along with the calligraphy. Oh the joys of moving! (smile)

p.s.s. I'm Instagramming our coast trip to the max. Because, seriously, this land is gorgeous and my boys are handsome. Instagram || crannyandme

19 comments:

  1. Crying. Oh friend, so thankful for God's faithfulness. I can't wait to come visit. Love, love, love.

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    1. Oh! I hope you are serious about the visiting part! We would so love, love, love to have you! : ) Phone date coming up!

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  2. Oh wow!! Your post was an encouragement to me as we wait on God to provide work for me so Adam can go to school full time next year. Waiting and trusting can be so hard!

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    1. Danielle,
      I am so glad that this was encouraging to you! I will pray, as God brings you to my mind, about your work situation and I will look forward to hearing how God provides!

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  3. Sarah! He provided again! I love it. I was just telling someone a week or two ago that it's so helpful to rehearse God's goodness to each other, so helpful to remind each other again and again of specific instances where He provides. I love hearing this about your new place, and I love hearing about your great joy in it. Hooray!

    PS - And I won the book!! I am so excited!

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    1. You are so right. And I need to be better about rehearsing God's goodness because it is truly good for our souls to hear, again and again, of his faithfulness-- even when we are faithless.

      p.s. come visit us!

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  4. Oh Sarah! What a tremendous blessing YOU have just been to me! Thank you for being so open and sharing about how God is challenging and blessing you. My husband, Kevin, got a promotion in PA and we are leaving our wonderful home here in KY in two weeks. We will be staying with my mom til we find a place. While we're so thankful she's willing to have us, it means a 90 minute commute one-way for Kevin. She looked at a potential house for us last night and it just wouldn't work. The homes that we can afford that aren't in scaryville just don't seem to be popping up. Thank you for encouraging me with how God has worked in your lives. I know that He has led us to PA (cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to be close to my family again and get to help my mom), and I know that He will bring something along for us. I have been saying the same thing about not being worried, but those shaky times have been there too! I feel your pain about Graeme's friends. Silas was elated when we told him we were moving close to Grandma, and then cried and cried 2 seconds later when he realized it meant he'd have to leave his friends here. I feel as though I'm sitting next to you in the theoretical boat, and you have greatly encouraged me. Your new place looks and sounds amazing!! I'm so very happy for you all! I think I'm going to borrow that phrase for our move too. Maybe you could calligraph that one too for your shop once you're settled? I have a feeling *someone* would snatch that right up for her new home!! :)

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    1. Beth! I am so very glad that this was an encouragement to you! Oh, I feel your pain for your little guy! I will pray for this transition for you as God brings you to my mind. I will try to pray each time I pray for my own boys. And for your housing! Will so look forward to hearing what God provides for you and how he goes about it!

      p.s. I'll work on that quote : )

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    2. Thanks so much for your prayers! I'm glad you all had some time away to enjoy the gorgeous sights out there. I will keep you posted on how God works all these things out. :)

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    3. Thanks so much for your prayers! I'm glad you all had some time away to enjoy the gorgeous sights out there. I will keep you posted on how God works all these things out. :)

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  5. so gorgeous! i'm sure you will make it so lovely. and how fantastic is God's plan?? xo

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    1. Pretty fantastic indeed! : )
      p.s. We're going to give the decorating our best shot. We figure we can't go wrong with what's already there-- and that's a huge bonus! : )

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  6. It is perfection. So very happy for you!! I bet your boys are just going to love having chickens!!! They are so much fun. So thankful for God's gracious provision for you!

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    1. And you know what's really nice? They are the neighbors' chickens! : ) We'll look forward to good eggs and the entertainment of the chickens-- especially Cali, I'm sure!-- and thankfully leave the chicken coop cleaning to our nice neighbors : ) For now.

      p.s. You are right. It's perfect!

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  7. How wonderful, how perfect for you and your family! I cannot wait to see the blog posts that come as you make this blessing from God your home. :)

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    1. Sarah, yes! And, we'll be seeing you soon maybe? Steve is teaching in October, I think. Will you still be at Ecola? If not, come visit us in Pleasant Hill!

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  8. God is good. So excited for all the new adventures he has for you and your family!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amanda! We are thrilled!

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  9. Thank you for sharing this. We are in a situation of waiting to know God's will for some months now & it can get nerve-wracking! But every time I think to push for it, something happens to stop that progress. So I know it's not time yet and have to regroup on the patience and trust that God will provide. It's always strengthening to hear someone else share the same faith when you are still waiting for your miracle. :)

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