It has been such a whirlwind summer. God has blessed us in so many ways. Just a quick recap: we moved to Virginia Memorial Day weekend. They started clearing our land on June 9. We found a new church to fellowship with new friends. Sean and Yelena got engaged on August 14. You can read their blogs about the engagement here: http://myquestfor-l.blogspot.com/2012/08/engaged-story.html and here: http://walkinginlightanddark.blogspot.com/2012/08/happiness.html. It is so sweet to read each of their versions of how they got engaged. We are so crazy happy with their decision! In the middle of October Rick and I are flying to California to meet Yelena’s family and to celebrate their engagement. What a very special time in all of our lives.
In the meantime we continue to build our new home. Today marks the beginning of week 15. So much has already happened.
Last week we met with plumber and he is already almost finished with the rough in. We also met with gas, HVAC and electrician. The cabinet people came and drew out the cabinet spacing on the floor and we choose the wood and color of the cabinets. This week I meet with the granite, tile and lighting professionals hopefully for the last time. I have already been in the tile store 3 times, the lighting place 2 times and this is 1st official appointment at the granite store.
Rick and I “found” a new room in the house. As they were framing out the 2nd floor, we were scheduled to have two walk in attic storage areas. Well the side behind the garage is huge! It easily could have a cathedral ceiling and we could sleep an army of teenagers for an overnight party! Ok maybe not an army but… We made the last-minute decision to have the builder change the HVAC, electrical and structured cable hookups so we can insulate and sheet rock this room. We will paint, trim and carpet it later but all of the difficult stuff will be done. This started us thinking about how God might be opening our eyes to how He can use this home for ministry. We know that we want to hold marriage retreat weekend in our new home. We will be holding our community group get together there. We spoke to the youth leaders at our new church and told them they can hold sleep-overs and bonfires at our house. We can have missionaries stay with us while they are on sabbatical or just in town for a few days. I can open up our home to friends who want to come over and work on crafts or just need a cup of coffee and a long talk! The possibilities are truly endless.
We want to make our home as open and as friendly as possible. One of the bathrooms is fully wheelchair accessible. We have an outdoor ramp up to the side hallway door. All of the door ways are at least 32″ wide and the hallway is 48″ wide. Every guest room will have a dresser with a makeup mirror for the ladies and a luggage rack in the closet for suitcases. Our furniture says come on and get cozy, put your feet up and stay awhile. Our goal is to entertain strangers because then they can become friends!
I am overwhelmed by the blessing that we are able to use for God. There are going to be so many opportunities and we are praying that our hearts are open to them. My biggest fear is that I am not the greatest cook. I get by but that has never been my strong point. I am going to be asking for a lot of advice from my friends. If you have a favorite recipe for a simple appetizer, soup, entrée or desert would you please email it to me? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Once we are in our new home I am going to start organizing my recipes into easy to find index card boxes. I love to research so after the house decisions are made I may ask friends to give me cooking lessons!
Our life has changed this year in ways we never imagined happening. I Never dreamed that we would be living in Virginia. It never crossed my mind. Doors closed in so many ways but God opened so many more windows. I don’t know what tomorrow brings but for today I am happy to turn the corner and see what God has in store! Hugs ahead!