More Than Just Making It… an Update!

Last week I shared with you about our plans to sell our home and move in with family in our pursuit of financial freedom. It’s always seemed like such a crazy idea, one that didn’t seem logical or make much sense. However, we feel like this is what God is calling us to do. We’ve prayed about it and sought wise counsel. We received the yeses we needed to move forward on this, so that’s what we’re planning to do.

Our original plan was actually to move into Justin’s family’s Fifth Wheel Camper. I guess I’m just crazy enough that I thought I could make that work. I don’t know – It just kind of seemed like an adventure and a fun challenge for me. I follow Allie Cazazza – the minimalist mama who works from home, homeschools, and traveled with her family of 6 in an RV for a while. It sounds pretty crazy, I know,  but I also really love the concept of minimalism. Like, I REALLY love it. Ever since I read The Life Changing-Magic of Tidying Up,  I’ve been slowly purging our home of unnecessary clutter. It actually started out as one big purge, but then I also periodically purge our home of more things we don’t use or don’t need. It is so freeing when you have less stuff, yall! Less to organize, less to manage, less to clean… which ultimately leaves you with MORE time – the thing we are all desiring more of!

So anyway, this past week or so, I started purging our home even more – because moving your whole family into a camper means you really can’t take much with you. I was looking at Pinterest and “glampers” in my free time, but then Justin’s family told us that they never really intended for us to move into their camper. They said they want us to move into their house, which is actual a metal building that they are working to make into a house, and that THEY would move into the camper. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think at first – it’s already hugely generous that they would allow us to stay in their camper and not let us pay them anything for it. But now they are giving up their home for us It’s so extravagant, and I’ve never met anyone more generous than they are! I still don’t know what to think.

But wait – there’s more! (That just felt like an advertisement commercial.) 😉 This weekend, we went over to talk to them about the whole process, and they showed us some of the work they’ve done. They’ve installed some kitchen cabinets, a stove, and a sink now to make their place more homey. And then they asked ME what I thought and what I wanted to do with the rest. If you don’t already know this about me, designing is one of my FAVORITE things. I have been designing my dream house since I was a teenager – before Pinterest was ever a thing. I love how it’s changed too. The ideals and things I used to have sketched out are now so different than they were before. Now, while I do still have a dream home in my head, it’s not the home I want to spend my time working on. Instead, I want to design and organize the home we live in now – and the home we are about to move into soon. I am SO excited about this project. I can’t even tell you how much!

As much as I love designing – the whole process of it all – it’s never been something I’ve had the opportunity to do. Sure, I organize our home and decorate it the best I can, but as you already know – our budget has been tight so I haven’t been able to do too much to it. I took what I had and did the best I could, and I’m pretty proud of it. From making curtains with vintage fabric I found in my great-Aunt Bertha’s attic (I guess all that hoarding comes in handy sometimes) to Dirt Cheap finds…. seriously, what we would we do without Dirt Cheap?! I’ve made it work, and we’ve truly been blessed in this home. It’s been the perfect place to start our little family!

But now I get to design a new home and make it work for us! Actually, they already had a vision for it, which when they describe to me, sounds perfect! I’m sketching out things like kitchen cabinet placement – thinking about what will go in this drawer and on that shelf before it’s even put in place. It’s such a fun process! My whole intention with this is to make it work for us now, but ultimately make it fabulous for them when they move back into it. See, they’ve had the vision for it, but have not had any reason to prioritize getting it completed in any certain time frame – it’s been working perfectly for them, as it has been. Until now. Now we’ve all got a vision, and we’re working toward the same goal. It’s going to be fun to collaborate and see it all come together. It’s such a unique opportunity.

And yall – as we told Justin’s grandparents this weekend of our plans to sell our home and move closer to them – they were ecstatic! See, not only will we be moving close to Justin’s parents – but also very very close to his grandparents as well. Four generations all living on the same land. This couple is such an inspiration too… they are very excellent in their finances. They do not finance things, they are debt-free, and they built their house themselves on this land they purchased. It’s kind of like a one-bedroom cabin in the woods with a big ole wrap-around porch. It’s incredible, and it definitely tells a story – lots of stories. If there’s anything that says #Goals, it would be them and what they have done with their lives.

I’d like to share a few nuggets from my Bible study this week. It’s SUCH a good study, yall. I’ve gotten so much from it, and I’m seeing God speak and answer the prayers we are praying. 

“You don’t need to know all the details of how everything will work out before you say yes. You just say, yes, up front, knowing that if He’s invited you to do it, He will empower you to carry it out.”

“His mundane, frustrating, time-consuming task was actually a divinely orchestrated conduit to bigger purposes. He could not have known how God was working on the other side of this circumstance or how God was preparing and aligning events and people for his arrival. And neither can you. All you can do it fully engage in the task before you today, believing that ‘all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28).”

This was referring to Saul’s task of going out to look for his father’s donkeys, and coming into a position of royalty when He did so. I think of this one , especially today, as I’ve spent time this week cleaning up, purging, and taking all of the pictures of our home – my mundane and time-consuming task. (You mamas know how difficult it is to clean your home when you have little ones in it.) Somehow we got it all done. It’s all ready, and I’ve written up the listing to post. However, I’ve come into a little snag and technical difficulty with the website giving me an error message, preventing me from listing our home for sale. While I could view this as a frustration, I know that God’s timing is perfect, and His plan is superior. I’m just fully engaging in my task at hand, “doing the next best thing”, and knowing that God will work everything together for our good. Yes.

So our home is now for sale and ready for showings if you know of anyone looking to buy. 😉

I do not know all that God has planned for us. Really, all we know now is our very next step – the one we are getting ready and planning to take soon. I’m just very excited about whatever He has in store for us, and I’m excited that I get to do one of my favorite things in the process. I never thought designing and decorating a metal building into a home would be something I’d want to do, but God always gives us the desires of our hearts – because the more we seek Him and His plans for us, our desires become what He’s created us for and desired us for all along!

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