An honest update on our new beginnings!

Friday, March 14, 2014

It has almost been two years since we moved from the big city.  The big city was the only place I can ever remember living.  A comfortable place to raise a family in the quaint little suburban town of Apple Valley, MN it was.  We loved our friends, our neighbors, and family was only a short drive away.  I decorated our house like we would never move…pouring hours into refurnishing our 1970's home.  Well, we did move and it absolutely turned my world upside down.

I'm not going to lie, it was a rough six months.  I decided I would make the most of it and try and find my sense of adventure.  After all, we moved here in the summer when the weather is amazing.  We had vacationed in this spot ever since I can remember as a kid, but the loneliness I felt here now was like something I had never felt before.

Let me reverse a little and give you a little background as to what brought us here in the first place.  My husband had been burning both ends of the candle working tirelessly in a job he wasn't happy in.  He was traveling ALL the time and we hardly saw each other.  We had been praying for a different opportunity, but this is NOT quite the opportunity I had in mind.  

He saw the posting for this hotel in Duluth and presented me with the opportunity.  Silly me, I thought, "sure, let's pursue it and see what may become of it".  Secretly, I had no desire to entertain such an idea, but thought, he should look into it and then he will know that this is not the job for us.  One interview led to another, and suddenly we realized this move could be a reality.  We gathered our closest friends and family and asked them to pray for wisdom for us.  We needed some serious discernment and  through prayer, we asked that God would either open or close doors for us.  

The job offer came and we continued to pray.  If we are being honest here, I might as well say it.. I was praying that God would close this door, but he didn't.  There were no red flags, and everything kept moving along pointing us towards this new opportunity.  We met with a few realtors and decided we would list our home.  The home in which I had poured blood, sweat, and tears in. The memories.. oh those memories... We had started our family in that home, nursed sick kids back to health in that home, carved our names in trees outside the home, had neighborhood BBQ's there, and the list goes on and on.  

Our home hit the market on Saturday, May 26th (Memorial Day Weekend) at 5:00 pm.  We had no expectations to have any showings on our home that weekend as it wasn't typically a busy weekend for people house hunting.  By 6:00 pm that evening we had received a phone call stating that we had a showing set up the next morning.  Great, fine, they will come see it and hate it… then we can at least say we tried and move on, right?  Wrong.  They came, they offered, it sold… IN ONE SHOWING, IN ONE DAY.  Here's the amazing thing…..we sold, bought, packed, and moved by July 2nd!!!! 

I did not come without putting up a fight.  Why in the world would I want move?  I had an established design business in the cities, and that would be something I would not be able to pursue where we were going to.  The resources aren't there, nor was the design community I was used to.  I moved because this was in God's plan and not mine.  There had to be a bigger picture that I couldn't see, and by faith, together we took that leap. 

Fast forward almost 2 years later, and I will tell you this.  This would not have been the place I would have chosen to live.  I moved WAY out of my comfort zone…away from the neighborhood I loved, our family and friends, and the design business I grew from the ground up. It has not come without it's challenges either. In this short time, I had a lump removed, and was diagnosed with two herniated discs in my neck and back.  God WANTED us here for this time in our lives.  The AMAZING people we have met, and the sense of community we have felt has been like no other place.   

So, what does this have to do with design?  Actually, a lot.  You may not see as many client projects as you're used to.  Plan on seeing a lot of my own home projects, and follow along as we finish our basement!  So, join me in my journey to make this house our home and I promise to give you original and beautiful ideas to do in your own space!  I'm still offering eDesign to clients both near and far and am accepting new clients on a case by case basis.

So, here's to new beginnings. Learning to listening to that still, small voice and realizing our dreams and  our plans may not always line up with God's.  Because when we allow God to mold our lives, it will turn out way better than we ever could imagine.   

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  1. I miss you but know you are where you belong! Great post!


  2. Stef, MANY thanks for sharing. I am passing this along to another couple/family currently in the throes of just moving to a new culture and being ripped away from their comfort zone. PT

    1. Thank you. Feel free to send them my contact information. If I can be an encouragement to other's through this process, I would love to be!

  3. Thanks for sharing that, Stephanie! God has a perfect plan for everyone! Doug Van Wyk


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