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My life has been in state of craziness since February….
I sat at home, in the same living room where I napped on the floor as a girl while watching Disney movies and Barney, rocking my own little girl and quietly made one choice that has since pivoted the direction of my families life.
I decided I would follow His lead.
When I say He/His, I don’t mean Kyle.. I mean God. So if you follow our family, I hope you will take the time to read this. <3
Hey you… friend, encourager, family member, etc. I have important news to share with you… Today, we made a bold move as a family. Today… we officially sold our house, but that’s not even the craziest part!!
That is the house that will always be my house, in my mind. I grew up there, twice… but now, we are moving. If you are in the “well, people move houses house all the time don’t be dramatic” mindset, please keep reading… You see, It’s not as simple as just moving houses, or towns, or counties. Nope, it’s a life move…. at the end of May we are packing up and moving…
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We are moving to Johnston, Iowa next week*
*from now on you should just think of Des Monies, Iowa though— it’s super close, haha.
The next question we get when we tell people about this, is my favorite, “Wait, what..why?”  haha! I get it!! There is so much I want to share about this move, and I obviously will on the blog in time, but here are four fast facts about our move now!
  1. Now, I’m sure Johnston will be lovely, but we didn’t wake up one day like, “I need less hills and more corn fields in my life, but also access to a city.” This move isn’t just because, it is for a career change! I cannot say enough that we were super happy with Kyle’s current job. It is a wonderful place to work and I don’t want to paint the wrong picture, but sometimes we are called to make hard choices and it would be very easy if that choice was between a bad thing and a good one haha! However, God has opened the door for Kyle to return to work with Chick-fil-A— and we plan to use this time to slowly begin the pursuit of our own store in the coming years!
  2. No, we don’t have any family there ha!  However, we do know a couple of fellow Catawba county residents with awesome hearts that we are excited to spend time with!
  3. Yes, we do feel this is the right path. It feels silly sometimes to say we are called to move halfway across the country for this, but we really feel this move was meant to be and His design. I believe big things are happening and I’ve never quite leapt into the “unknown” like this so I’m excited! Yes, we are #calledtochicken 😂
  4. My photography business is not shutting down, but it is transforming! I will be returning nearly each month to shoot a wedding and will take on portrait clients here each season. We are still booking for 2019 and I’m so excited to continue to work with all my friends, family and new friends too! I will also be shooting some in Iowa too #yaycornfields. On the surface this probably seems crazy, but I promise a lot of thought and effort has been put into this transition and I would still love to work with you OR refer you to my awesome friends! 
So yep… we are following His lead and moving our family to Des Moines, IA in a few short weeks.
*lets out big exhale*
When I think about this decision to move and try to visualize our journey in making this choice, I think about it like this:
It’s almost like we were safe together in a room and we heard something outside that we thought warranted checking out. Now, before you get a horror movie visual in your head (LOL) I want to assure you it wasn’t a bad noise. Nor, did this look like an event that would make you scream at the TV for the person to “just walk away” from if you watched it play out on a screen. It was just like hearing a possibility and happiness that was different than what we already had set in front of us. As Kyle and I walked out to check it out, hand in hand, there was a door in front of us, one we could open or one we could walk away from.
So we opened it, and looked inside… We were still safe, and then there was another familiar door… and another and another.
The thing is, by walking through these doors we didn’t have to close and lock all the ones that were behind us. From where we are, even now, we can still see that room that we felt so safe in. The one where everything is familiar and happy. It’s a short walk away. It’s EASY to get back to, BUT we feel like walking in this direction has the ability to not only change our lives, but others too.
This next door is hard though. It’s a trek. If opening the other doors and walking through them was a “trust-fall” exercise then walking through this door is a “trust bungie-jump” exercise. One where you hold your breathe and take the leap with butterflies in your stomach, and then just stare down at the approaching ground, praying that your line catches you so you can relax and breathe again.
I said it before, but really, I don’t think I’ve ever done anything like this for something SO big… I mean I don’t know if I’ve followed God’s direction in such a profound, life-changing way, like a curious child, so easily. The best part is that once I got out of my own head and decided to follow through with this, I’ve always felt like I was safe in this choice. <3

A little while ago, I asked online where people thought we were moving. It’s been funny to watch the results. “Next door, down the road, Catawba County, Burke County”, etc. etc. What’s funny is that not one person guessed out of state, which is just how big the move is!! And sure, sometimes I wish we could stay here and do this, but I know it will be worth it!

People who know about this have asked if they can do anything or help in anyway and yes, there really is a way to help!! As we take on this journey we would covet your prayers… Here are some specifics:
Overall prayers for Kyle, Tristan, Blakely + I
Lots of peace and protection while traveling (in the air and in the car)
Continued peace about this move when we settle and the newness wears off
Starting Homeschooling in a new state
For our family back home
For our friends back home
Help in making new friends
The Chick-fil-A Kyle is working for
Our future journey with Chick-fil-A
Our future foster and adoption journey
For the future and transition of of my business
Our health journey
And here are some “prayer requests” to make you laugh:
Pray as we continue to live in my parents house until we move that we don’t get kicked out (lol)
Pray that our families let us take Tristan and Blakely with us
Pray we don’t gain more weight because of easier access to Chick-fil-A
Pray I have enough Stress Away essential oil to handle the 15+ hour car rides

Pray I can conquer my first plane ride

Thank you for your support!!! I’m so excited to share this adventure with everyone <3

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