Tying up Loose Ends

Goodness, it has been so long since I’ve written a blog post that I almost forgot how to write one! Please forgive my absence of (gasp!) two weeks, which was completely unintentional and simply the result of life taking priority over writing . . . lovely, lovely life, although I have missed writing and spending time here, which always recharges me in a unique way. 
It has always been my hope that this blog would tell a story, through the years that it is written, and I hate to leave holes in the narrative-unintentional or otherwise.  I hope you will not be bored with a newsy update and I offer the lovely peony above as eye-candy, although entirely unrelated content-wise to the post at hand. 
We have not made an offer on my “dream cottage.”  When we saw it, it wasn’t yet on the market (which is why I was unable to post pictures), there were tenants in the house and it seems the tenants may be staying longer than originally planned and the cottage won’t be on the market until a later time . . . we are waiting and praying and abiding.   We have been in our rental house for ten months and we have the option to stay another year.  We have no definite plans, which is freeing and I am concerning myself with the primary task of enjoying the spring with Wynn and Mr. Marvelous.  I am more than content to wait on the Lord. 
And dream.
And peruse real estate listings.
Thank you for journeying with me.  How glad I am to be your friend.  
Thank you for all of your considered comments.  I read every one of them and love to visit the blogs of those who comment so that I can put a face and a story with a name.  Those of you who have significantly downsized in square footage have truly inspired me!
Many blessings, 


  1. This was a post that seemed to give me comfort as we are embarking on that unwanted move.(insert pout here.)Like you I am learning to embrace where we are now.Thanks for letting me take a peek at your life and for givin me a little peace in mine.

  2. Erin, so glad for the update. All in His timing. We have friends who tried to sell their home last year without any luck (to be back home closer to all 3 children and the grandbabies). They recently put their home back on the market and it sold in 2 weeks! While I am sad to see them go, I am happy for them…I know they are looking forward to watching those little ones grow.

  3. I love your new header!

    Isn’t it freeing to be at a place in life where bigger isn’t necessarily better? Where downsizing feels more spacious than up sizing? We are there too~although we did just buy a used Suburban for our growing family, which seems quite opposite of downsizing 🙂

  4. I commend you! You are so inspiring! I live in a tiny ranch home, which I love and call it “our cottage” I’m surrounded by bigger homes and yet we love our little home that is full of love and life. I used to want, want, want the biggest home and have now realized at 35 years old that it’s not what it’s about!

  5. Your header is so pretty and “Springy”! We have been decluttering for about 5 years now. I know, I know! You are probably thinking, “How much junk did they have?!” Part of the problem was we had to move several times for my husband’s job, and each house we purchased had a different layout, so some pieces that worked perfectly in one house, had no new “home” to find in the next house.

    We are slowly getting through everything, with Kijiji (Craigslist) and myself becoming great pals! And some we have donated. We finally got rid of a lot of the obvious “we don’t really need this” pile, and now we are going through the “yes, sure, it has been nice having this, but does it add value to my life and have I used it in the last year or two” pile.

    When our mortgage comes up for renewal in three years, we would love a smaller house, if we could find one in our area that doesn’t need a lot of work. And the good news would be that we would have already gone through the unneeded and unnecessary from our lives. Decluttering is SO freeing! Such a weight is being lifted from our shoulders!

    By the way, sorry for the short “novel”, and I’m glad you are at that “place” in your lives. It will give you the peace to make the truly right decision!

    God bless!

  6. It must be something in the air and not just Spring. We are praying and looking for the guidance of The Lord also – we are 1300 miles away from our son, daughter in law (they are wanting to start a family), sister, brother and we are contemplating a move after 15 years being away from “home”. Erin I will keep your family in our prayers.

  7. Glad to hear from you, Erin. Who knows what might be right around the corner for you (in terms of real estate). Have a wonderful day!

  8. Thanks for the update. Frankly, I was a bit confused, thinking that you were renting but thought maybe I missed a purchase of a new home…. God has a plan for each of us. Sometimes we don’t understand or see it, and that’s why we must trust in Him.

  9. I came across your blog a few weeks ago and fell in love right off! Thanks for being a godly inspiration; in sharing your God moments. It’s been a blessing to me!

  10. Erin,

    I always enjoy your blog, it is my first time posting, but I did want to encourage you to keep sharing your heart, it is refreshing to be a part of the lives of other believers.

    My left brain and I have made very many moves over the years and it is never without a challenge, however, whatever the Lord does is always fruitful, though sometimes not necessarily pleasant to our flesh. I believe it is 99% attitude…Yours sparkles. I love it!

  11. Thanks again for being a reminder of just how sweet it is to wait on the Lord. His timing is perfect and He knows the plans He has for us. I needed that reminder today. Funny how I can remind everyone else, but sometimes just need to hear it myself from somewhere far away. Blessings.

  12. Waiting can be fierce, but keep pressing on and pressing in! How awesome that He is not a daddy that withholds, but one that holds us close and pulls all things together in His perfect timing. After a year of searching for the right house, and bumping up against many closed doors, we are under agreement for our dream home. It’s old with character and lots and lots of windows. We came across the home “by accident” when I stopped at a garage sale and learned that the owners were going to put the home on the market. 2 weeks later, we were under contract! At the end of next month my hubby and I, along with our 3 kiddos will make it our home. And hopefully soon after we will add 2 more children to our home through Foster Care. God is good, and when you end up in the perfect house you will for sure be able to look back and say, “I totally get it now!” Blessings in the wait!!

  13. Glad to see your new post here! I’ve really enjoyed reading about your journey of faith and much hope, and have been very blessed by your example of enjoying your husband and baby – first things first! Thank you.

  14. i must say….he is a rare and BEAUTIFUL treasure. cant wait for your new cottage home. love your colors on your old post. could you post your moms cabinets maybe, so i can see how they look?

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