Changes Again…

…We are moving.
I never imagined in my wildest dreams that this year would be filled with so much change. But it has, and it’s worked out just fine. It seems so crazy to me that just a few short months ago Brandon spoke with Pastor Haney regarding his feelings towards our ministry shift. I feel like it has been eons ago. Somehow change makes you feel that way, I guess.
I have never felt the way I did about anything in my life as I felt when we stepped down as youth pastors {HERE and HERE}. Maybe you have to know me, but I am a VERY planned out person, one who likes to know her next step before its taken. As I am sure you know, when walking by faith, you can’t always be planned. And you would think this would freak me out…but it has done the exact opposite. I have not worried one bit. Even my bank account balance {which ALWAYS has the ability to stress me out} can’t shake me. I have complete faith and confidence that we are doing the right thing and our fate is in the hands of the Almighty.
SUCH an amazing feeling.
When we decided that we would take this HUGE step of faith in our lives, we told God that where ever or whatever HE wanted us to do we would do. This meant that every offer that came across our laps we would prayerfully consider. And there have been many, believe it or not. One offer that has been coming up for quite a while {years maybe} has been my parents asking us to move to Santa Rosa. With my dad’s health issues, they really wanted us closer to them. In fact, all my siblings have been asking us to come. But with Brandon working full time at the church, it just never fit into the cards.
When we stepped down from the youth, it was brought up again. My dad really wanted my help and they felt, with Brandon traveling so much, that I needed help as well. Knowing the prices of homes and cost of living in Santa Rosa, we pretty much felt that it would be impossible for us to move there, especially at this time when our income is inconsistent. My dad and siblings persisted so I told them if they could find a house that was similar to ours {such as size and niceness} and fit into our budget, we would consider it. Since the time we stepped down, my dad’s realtor {thanks Harry, you are amazing!!} sent us several listings a week that were in our price range as suggestions. It was rather depressing, actually. We have a lovely home here in Stockton. For the price of what we could afford here, we would get a 2 bedroom, one bath duplex style home that was in dire need of remodel {in other words still stuck in the 1970s}. To give up our beloved home for that just didn’t feel right for some reason. We are perfectly happy here….so I began to think that moving to Santa Rosa just wasn’t in the cards for us. Yet when we prayed about it we never felt a door slam or a definite “no”, so we didn’t cross it off the list immediately.
What we did do, however, was talk to God about our needs. As a family, we were perfectly content to stay in Stockton and base out of here. We love it here, this is our home and we, quite frankly, didn’t want to leave it. Also, we feel strongly that Brandon was supposed to evangelize for the next year or two, but with several offers on the table, we felt God nudge us to do something….we felt to write down all of our desires in a home. We spent some time and created our perfect “dream home” on paper. And then we prayed and told the Lord that if He brought this home in our laps at an affordable price then this would be our sign to move, regardless of where it was located, Santa Rosa or Timbuktu. We felt complete confidence that this would be our sign of the right home/city/etc and help guide us when all these job offers came our way. We also consulted many of our elders and asked them to pray with us, to help us approach the next couple years with a level head, a right heart and the mind of Christ.
I felt complete peace with this. For some reason this really anchored me and help me stay focused. I started to prep Jake for school starting in Stockton in September feeling we would be here at least another year and I carried on with my life, thinking such a house would NEVER surface for the price we could afford. Anywhere. ha.
And then this house came up….
My realtor was one of the first realtors to view this house. And good thing, as it was a foreclosure and WAY underpriced. I mean almost half it’s worth underpriced. The bank was just trying to dump it basically. My realtor told me, we MUST come see this one. MUST. It was in our price range {but shouldn’t have been} and would go very, very quickly.
When we looked at the specs, we couldn’t believe it. On paper it looked almost identical to our “dream house”. When we viewed it in person, I stood in front of the house and cried. It was our “dream house”. I wandered around the yard for about 10 minutes just crying. Seriously God?!? Are you really this able?
And He is. Long story short, there were five offers made on this house in the first week. The bank took ours. Gave us a quick close and even paid all the fees on the house. Being the skeptical person I was, I haven’t blogged about it in case I might jinx it. But it’s really real. We got the keys last week.
People keep asking me how I feel about all this. To be honest? Shocked, happy, scared, sad….I feel everything. We love Stockton so very much. This has been a happy home for us. Our Jerusalem if you will. Brandon’s family is here. We love our church family. Just so much about Stockton {believe it or not} is special to us. Then on the flip side, in Santa Rosa we have a gorgeous new home only 7 minutes from my parents and siblings. The Santa Rosa church where we will be attending is AMAZING. I have my family to help me while Brandon is gone, I will no longer have to pay for day care. And a huge added bonus:
A studio for Evy’s Tree. The third car garage was already converted into a work space. Although it needs A LOT of work, its like someone knew Evy’s Tree would be moving in here. No more tripping over hoodies all the time since they are right in the middle of the house. So like my God, yes? :)
There are so many other wonderful God things with this move…I will slowly blog about them over the next month or so…but I just have to say, this whole thing is so God ordained. Boy, does it feel good to be in His will!
And before I close, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU publicly to my parents, who have made this whole move possible. Seriously, we would NEVER be able to do without them. And to my siblings, especially my brother Brad who has been beyond helpful, even from abroad. And lastly, I want to say thank you to my painter Tom and his foreman Manolo:
Let me say I am a horrible paint picker. HORRIBLE. I like white, but did you know there are about a million whites?!?! Right. So poor Manolo spent about 2 hours yesterday painting and repainting whites on the wall so I can find just the right one. Ha. Oh boy.
Anyway, in closing, please pray for us. Although this is a total God thing, moving is considered one of the top three stressful things you can ever do, and we are feeling the stress. I feel like I am losing my mind with all this going back and forth to Santa Rosa and Stockton and run Evy’s Tree at the same time. Bless Jen and Sarah’s heart, they are such troopers and are AMAZINGLY helpful. I love you guys, thank you for putting up with me during all this time.
And to my friends, thanks for being so patient with me. And in case you didn’t know we were moving and just now found out, now you know why I am such a scattered person at the moment. ha.
Much love to you all. Thank you in advance for all your love, support and prayers.

19 thoughts on “Changes Again…

  1. 1
    Amgilliam says:

    I read this at work. And cried. Amy, God truly DOES KNOW! That is so awesome for you and your family!

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    Heather G. says:

    Amy, I am thrilled for you!! You and your sweet family continue to be in my prayers! xoxo!

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    BethanyW says:

    Amy! How exciting! Such a beautiful house too, I am so happy for you guys! Can't wait for you to be a regular around Santa Rosa. :)

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    Belle Dezines says:

    So very happy and excited for you all!!! As I read I couldn't help but relate in some ways. My husband and I are in transition, we know it and feel it from God. However we are not sure where it is taking us and there are those who think they know what's best for us. We've decided to let God have full control and lead us wherever that may be. Soon we will be moving but again its about whats best as far as a home and church/work. He works and goes to school, I stay at home and am homeschooling. Keep us in your prayers with all of this we need God to meet our needs according to his will. I also want to figure out a way to work from home and I'm asking God for wisdom. Anyhow just wanted you to know that this really gave me confidence and strength to know God will answer our prayers. Love and blessings!!! Rebecca

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    Bonny says:

    Amy thank you for sharing! This is a real faith builder for you and Brandon but when God does something so great we all get to share and our faith is increased !
    This is only the beginning and I am so thankful for your dedication and walk with God! You inspire me girl!
    ( are you taking Jen and Sarah with you? :)
    love you guys,

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    Nichole Willis Greenwood says:

    Oh, Amy!!! I just cried and cried for you! We are going thru similar things, though we are not moving, its all very stressful. I thank God that you blog every time I read one of your posts. Thanks for being willing to share, you have NO idea how many people you touch. That house is AMAZING!!!!! I love it, and I know you are going to be sooo happy there. Cant wait to see pics!!!! Love Nik

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    Kassie says:

    This is SO amazing!! God is so good. I am so thrilled for you, Amy! Now you're going to have a place for all those "pins". :) We can decorate together! ha! Seriously so happy for you. It's beautiful. The SCENERY…wow. I would love to live in a place that's so scenic. But God has a way of keeping us where He wants us… ;) Congratulations!

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    Rachel says:

    That is amazing!!!! God is truly doing a work in His people, blessing, and moving His people to a higher spiritual level. My fiance and I are getting ready to get married soon, and we are moving into a shift of ministry as well. We are unsure where God is moving us, but we're going in the direction He is leading and having Faith all the way even if we can't see the outcome. This has truly blessed me, reading this. Rejoice with those who rejoice. Bless you!

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    Kelley says:

    Maintain your faith in God, your reverence of your husband and your willing attitude and you'll stay WAY ahead of 'the game.' Must be why it's called "peace that passes all understanding."

    Change can be good. Real good.

    Bless you, sweetie. Been where you are… nineteen times, to be exact. You'll be so glad you have a Web+log=blog about "The Stockton Years."

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    Anonymous says:

    This post brought tears to my eyes. We serve a wonderful God. Nothing is impossible for Him. Many blessings to you and yours.

  11. 11
    Girly Muse says:

    Congratulations! This is so exciting. The new house is beautiful. Can't wait to see more of it! Will be praying for peaceful and stress-free days for all of you. XO

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    Jenni says:

    so happy for you and your family. your new home is stunning and i can't wait to visit {wink, wink}!

  13. 13
    Mande says:

    Oh my goodness, AMY!! So excited for you all! God is great! Congratulations, your home is beautiful.

  14. 14
    LysaDulle says:

    This is so encouraging. We serve a great God. It's amazing to be in His hands.

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    Neeka B. says:

    God is so amazing! I am crying too… I love how faithful he always is. So happy for you! I will be praying for a smooth transition for your family.

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    Eisley Rae Clothing says:

    What an amazing story! I would LOVE to live in Santa Rosa. You're going to love that town and it'll be so nice to be so close to your family. Congrats!!! xoxo

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    kelley says:

    I just love love love the way our Jesus works! How amazing!

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    Anonymous says:

    I love you Amy. Andrew and I talk of you and Brandon often. We are excited SO SO SOOOO EXCITED for what God is doing in your lives. I can't wait to hear the next chapter. :o) Much love!

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    Connie Mendoza says:

    Amy, I'm so very very very happy for you. I cried reading this & i rejoice with you. God IS just that good and able. Enjoy the Lord's blessings.

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