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settling in {a big move}

whew! it’s been so long since i’ve written and because of that, some of you might not know that in that time, i’ve moved all the way from Florida to New Jersey! And although we still live just a few steps from the beach (actually we’re even closer than before!), you wouldn’t believe what a dramatic change it’s been for my family and i. and that’s part of the reason i haven’t written, the other part being that i’m stubborn and really just not in the mood to write!

But with much persuasion from mom, here i am, and hopefully i will get myself back at it again! : )

so, NEW JERSEY! no humidity, always a breeze, cautious but friendly people (for the most part ;) ), beautiful parks, fall leaves (oh the fall leaves!!)…these are just a few of the wonderful things about New Jersey. But as i expected, moving to New Jersey, and moving in general, comes with some hardships and difficulties. many difficulties, actually.

i tried very hard to prepare myself for moving. i think it’s impossible to do. actually, I thought it was possible for the first few months… but now it’s hitting me. how in the world am i going to do this? i mean pretty much, ‘my life was ripped from my hands’, right? no… that’s what i’d like to think. i’m still alive! actually, i have the ultimate gift eternal life!

you know how i said that i haven’t been writing because of this tough move? Well i thought i wasn’t writing. but i just found one (of many i should say) of my journals. and it proves much differently. the reason i’ve been ok for the past three months is because i have been writing! i’ve been talking to the Lord and working through this move in my bible and journal up until now!

now I don’t think journaling and reading my bible is going to take away all my ‘problems’… but i know that it will help me through them and comfort me when i’m missing my friends, missing my home, missing sports or simply wanting things back that were familiar to me. by knowing that where i am has to be better for me or i wouldn’t be here, i have the confidence to keep moving, and the trust that whatever i go through, Jesus is right with me holding me up when i need it.

in my journal a couple months ago i was reading in Romans and wrote down Romans 8:37-39. “No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus!


it’s so important to journal. do you have an experience like this when you were able to work through it by running to Jesus? please share, I’d love to hear it  : ).

brothers, big and little.

These are my crazy-awesome brothers.

Isaac, you rock. Teaching you to read and hearing you read me bed time stories fills me with happiness! I love you. Although getting you to cooperate can be a pain sometimes, I’m so glad I have the opportunity to be a big-sis and encourage you!


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Ethan, I love you. You are so gentle, kind patient, sweet, handsome, humble, and Christ-like. Watching you reach out to people is the best treat a big sister could ask for! Your eyes glow when you are truly happy, and it makes me happy! And by the way, yes; your muscles ARE way stronger than mine no matter what you say.


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Joshua, this is the laugh I would give my arm to see everyday! You are so encouraging and I love you. Even when you have “grumpy-days” you are always protective and concerned for everyone around you. I especially enjoy your team work when it comes to helping with the littles.

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Brian, you are more confident than all the rest. Still, you ask for confirmation from me. And the Lord! I love that you are always working hard at what He is calling you to do- I still don’t know how you swim, work, run, do homework, and STILL manage to spend quality time with us all! I love you.

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They all have different unique qualities, and I have an entirely different, awesome relationship with each of them! These are my brothers, big and little.


this post was featured at the hearts for home blog hop – head on over to see lots of sweet posts!


recently I’ve been drawn to think more about how I spend my time every day. I find myself becoming really stressed when it comes to the end of the day because I suddenly realize I should probably be heading to bed, when I still have so much to do! No matter what I tell myself, I can’t seem to think of how I could get it all done the next day, especially because I have tomorrow’s tasks ahead of me, too.

I’ve found that even if I try a hundred ways to fix and change my schedule so I’m not as stressed or overwhelmed, I never solve my problems. The only thing that can fix this stress for me, is always starting my day by going to the Lord in prayer and asking Him to guide my day, and help me to make decisions that will help me best, and glorify Him in the long-run.

Throughout the day, the Lord always reveals Himself to me in different ways and reminds me to stay focused and diligent to complete the important tasks that need to be accomplished! Whether homework, chores around the home, or even sports practices in the afternoon, I have to start with a good attitude and be willing to work hard to make time to enjoy the  blessings that God has given me.

I am drawn closer to Him everyday, and having an intimate relationship with Him so that I can ask for help is the most important factor.