Sunday, July 15, 2012


Have you ever found yourself so completely bowled over by everything happening in your life that you end up feeling just....paralyzed?  That's how I've been feeling for the last couple of weeks.  I tell you what.  Trying to keep a house in the condition to sell when there are three little boys running around is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.  There was even a day where we got a call requesting a showing for the afternoon a mere 20 minutes before we were to leave for a day at the waterpark.  We scrambled around like crazy people to quick-clean the house and whip it into some semblance of showing condition and then cut our day in the water and sun short so we could get home in time to collect our dog before the showing.  It was crazy.

But it was worth it.

As it turns out, the folks who came to the showing that day liked our house enough to come see it again last Monday.  I set out fresh baked cookies and a note on a Project Life card welcoming them to their new home.  They made an offer on Friday night and we accepted it without making a counter-offer.

Pending the inspection and appraisal......OUR HOUSE IS SOLD.

We are absolutely overwhelmed right now.  Knocked flat by the incredible blessings the Lord has given us.  Because of his perfect timing, we were able to save up a down payment for our new home.  Thanks to his magnificence grace, we didn't lose any money on our house despite selling it for significantly less than we owe on it because Evan's company has offered him an extremely generous relocation package that covers the loss on our home. 

And now we are whipped into a frenzy, planning a trip to our new city to look for our new home.  In a whirlwind of three days, we plan on viewing as many houses as we can that fit our criteria and we are praying that God moves us toward the one that will be our new home.  It's so scary to think that in little more than a month, I will be packing up everything we have and I will be moving my family to a city I know nothing about to start what feels like a brand new life. 

I still have a ridiculous number of things to tell you about, friends.  I am just in awe of how God has completely taken control of this whole situation and how clear it is to me that he has been preparing me for this transition for weeks.  Gently, and ever so carefully, he has started to transform this heart from one that worries and frets into one that prays and trusts.  Instead of freaking out, I am wrestling with feelings of anticipation and apprehension.  I wouldn't say I am worried, but I am a bit nervous.  There are so many things that have to happen now and I just feel so inadequate when it comes to making it all happen.

Now, more than ever, I need Him to guide me and strengthen me.  I need to remember that He is in control and will not lead me into harm.  I must understand that my plans, even on my very best day, are nothing compared to the amazing plans that God has for me and my family.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

As we move forward into this new chapter in my family's story, it is my deepest hope that we do so by trusting God to take the lead.

It's so exciting, my friends.  As busy as the next couple months are going to be for me, I look forward to sharing this journey with you.  Just promise to give me a little grace when it comes to the frequency of my posts and I will do my very best to keep you updated. 

Off to scour the MLS listings now.   If you can spare a moment to say a prayer for our family during this stressful time of change, I sure would welcome it! 

Talk soon. 

P.S.  Do you want to tag along on our house hunting trip?  Follow me on Instagram and I'll be sharing photos as we search for our new home!  My name is @slkooiman.

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