Update 2016: So, here we are in beautiful Down East Maine! As it turned out, Bellingham was just one stop on a longer journey, and in March of 2016, we set out on another once-in-a-lifetime adventure! This time, we weren’t sure where we were ultimately going…We just knew that the Lord has put it in our hearts to move to Texas to help my mother fix up her house after my dad’s recent passing…Even more than the first time, each day was an exercise in asking the Lord, “What do we do today? What do we do next?” He led us through Texas, on to help Joe’s sister with some house renovations in Alabama, and then to help a friend with some house renovations in Florida, and then finally onward-and-upward-and-northward-and-eastward to our very own house in Downeast Maine! When the Lord begins to set you free, it’s hard to imagine how very much more freedom remains in store! As ever, we remain on a life-long journey to follow God’s plan for our lives…He has given us incredible financial freedom, schedule flexibility, and family togetherness; he has placed us on a homesite in 8 acres of forest between the mountains and the coast; and my husband continues wood-working daily, with wood from our own property. There are still lots of unknowns – will our farming efforts be successful; how will we earn income; how can we share our love of the Lord with others? We are more dependent on God than ever before, for everything every day, for His wisdom, guidance, and provision, and more committed than ever to putting Him first in every way!
So, here we are in beautiful Bellingham! In June of 2013 we set out on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We packed up our three kids (ages 6, 4, and 1) in our 4runner, towing a 5 x 8 trailer full of all of our worldly possessions, and hit the road for 40-days-and-40-nights of tent-camping! This was just the beginning of great changes for our family…We are on a life-long journey to follow God’s plan for our lives. There are some knowns: we place importance on financial freedom, schedule flexibility, and family togetherness; we enjoy the mountains and camping; my husband is a gifted wood-worker. There are some unknowns: will we renovate our old house; how much food can we actually produce for ourselves on our duplex lot; exactly how and when can we start a wood-working business; can we find land, build a house, and sustain ourselves on it? And there are some things that we know are in store for us that we’ll never expect! It’s all a part of our daily life now – uncovering and learning to follow God’s unique and exciting plan for our family!