|Our little home|
First of all, let's just rewind a bit and talk about this new home of ours! As always, God swooped in and provided something beyond our wildest dreams as we faithfully leaned on Him and trusted that He would take care of us during this big leap of faith.
Back in September when we blogged about our decision to move and be closer to family, an old friend of Randie Megan's contacted us and informed us that her family was looking for a tenant for one of their family's properties. She asked us if we would be interested, and of course we said yes! We put that on the back burner, knowing that it may or may not happen, and focused on the task at hand of selling our things and sending the rest of our belongings over to Hawaii.
After about a month, we decided to check in and see if the house had been taken yet. Because this had been back in September, we knew that the landlord might need to have it rented out by December when we were moving in. Our friend got back to us and told us that the last she had heard was that there was someone interested in the place, but that she would double check.
Honestly, as excited as we were about the possibility of already having a place in Hawaii to come home to, we were really swamped with things in Chicago! It was probably a good thing that we were, because that allowed us to completely leave it up to God and trust that He was in control with everything!
Well, a few days later we heard the good news: the house was available to us!!
Now things really sunk in! This was actually a house in a little area that Randie Megan had grown up going to with her church family for lunches and picnics - and the best part was: it is less than a mile away from church AND my mom!!! It seemed too good to be true.
Little by little we learned more about our new place. Apparently the landlord had wanted the house to be rented soon after August, but there were so many renovations that were taking place on it that the date kept getting pushed further and further back. So it seems like God was saving it and preparing it all along for us!
|Rye getting a sink bath at my mom's |
house where we stayed for the holidays
We are also so blessed to live close to Honolulu Bible Church (where I grew up going to!)! I may or may not have teared up as I carried Ryenne through the doors for the first time. Years ago my mom did the same with me in her arms - and I was just a little younger than Ryenne is! I can't express how special it is to have my own daughter growing up in the church that I love so much.
|She went through a "snorty" phase for a couple of weeks...|
|David & Lee working on repurposing some wood pallets|
|Rye sitting back and watching Papa Lee and Daddy work hard|
|Their hard work on those pallets turned |
into sanding which resulted in
handkerchiefs and pictures like this...
Well, I think that pretty much brings us up to date! We've included a couple of prayer requests if you'd like to keep our family in your prayers, and as always, we appreciate those of you that so faithfully do!
- Pray for David to get some better shifts at work but in the meantime that we would all trust God's sovereignty and plan for us here! We know that He has perfect timing.
- Please pray for Randie Megan's Janicki family as we have recently lost her Grandma Janicki. The funeral is set for March and we appreciate prayers as we will be seeing many of our unsaved relatives at that time. We want to be a light to them and show them God's love.
Thanks so much for reading! We love you all.
Some pictures of our new home! Keep in mind that we had to start completely fresh here and we had NO furniture! So we have some temporary things and will update as the weeks and months go by :)
|Living room + mismatched furniture|
|This little scooter was following me around the|
house as I took pictures
|Our bedroom (sorry for the poor quality pictures! My Canon|
is having some problems currently! :( )
|Some Hawaii "snow"|
|The other little houses in our neighborhood|
|Ryenne & Mommy <3|