hi! how are you? how have you and your loved ones been doing the last few months?
i didn’t intend to be away from my blog space for as long as it’s been, and i thank you for your patience as a few weeks away turned into a few months. it all feels like the blink of an eye but also 500 million years of time, right?
2020. only eight months in but it’s a year none of us will ever forget, yeah?
if you follow me on instagram, you know our family is currently in arizona and planning to remain here for the foreseeable future. it is a whirlwind of drastic change, brought on by the current pandemic which pushed josh and me to reevaluate our current set up and future set up for our children. it pushed us to say goodbye to new york city without actually getting to say goodbye. it brought us to our knees together as we counseled back in march in our new york city apartment and all the weeks that have followed — asking the Lord for guidance and direction in such unsettling times. it challenged us to embrace a moment in limbo and act upon it, trusting in His plan though it looked uncomfortably different from the one we’d always envisioned for our future.
but as we have held onto the small bursts of clarity and insight we’ve been given, we can acknowledge deliberate gifts received and simplified moments we’re treasuring. there is still a lot to celebrate in 2020.
we caught the sunset on a little hike out in the desert the other evening and it was glorious. sherbet shades of pink and orange that had all seven of us oohing and awwing at all the beauty still surrounding us. it had been the first evening in a long time where i grabbed my big camera on the way out the door. and by golly, it felt so freaking amazing to hold that beast in my hands again and capture a little bit of our small adventure in the hills of the desert together.
in a summer that looks vastly different from others, i know He still has a plan for each of us, and cares deeply for each of us, too. i know we’re all going a bit bananas in varying ways as so much feels out of our hands and big moments of pivoting and change are at our front door. but i am saying a little prayer for you, and just want to leave a little message of hope here that nothing lasts forever. and there are silver linings in the pink and orange sherbet sky if we want to grab ahold and bring them in close.
i shared much more HERE about our new set up (citrus trees, hi!!!), and i’ll share more soon as we embark on a little bit of a renovation on an old ranch style house on the property we are excited to make home. i don’t know what all the future cards hold for our family, but i’m thankful for the peace i have received as i have let go of wanting to hold all the control and instead let our Father in heaven guide.
i am sending lots of love your way as you navigate your current chapter, too. thank you for the prayers and messages and love you have sent our way. i have felt it, and i have appreciated it.
and now, wayyyyy too many photos but that is what i love most about this old bloggity blog so get your scrolling finger ready. :)