this is our new beginning…

a month sure goes by fast, doesn’t it?
at least it seems that way to me with all that has happened in our lives in that time span.
there is much i could write, many things i would like to blog about.
but for now, i’m just going to recap through my instagram pictures and words and add in a few other photos from this past month.
i’ve been using the hashtag #thisisournewbeginning on Instagram, and it seems to also be a fitting title for this brief post.
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I’ve never cried at the sight of a semi truck and trailer before today. Seeing this park in front of our house to be loaded with all our belongings was another one of those ‘we are actually doing this?!’ moments. And i cry because it’s sad to go. But we are supposed to and in that we are at rest and know Peace.
When all your friends gather and help you load your entire household, and you watch your life flash before your eyes, and you realize that you surely have been given forever friends, and you come back in to an empty house, and you cry big tears for all that has been and all that will be. Yes. This has been that day.
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The plains ahead of us, and all our worldly goods behind us with our friends. Almost there.
Welcome to Kansas sunset. A view i will not tire of. And, our friends in the semi cruising toward my parents upon our arrival on Sunday, March 9th.
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Whereever they are, we are home. This is where we are living for now. It is a somewhat temporary home for us, but one we are really enjoying. The backyard is so very much fun for the kiddos and the house is more than adequate and enjoyable for all of us. Plus, there is a playground just across the back alley from our house.

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So, above was the home we are in for now.
Below is the property we are buying sometime in the next months. To say i am excited about this is an understatement.


You know you are in the west when the Main Street is a dirt road and the only traffic light is a blinking light.
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Running this afternoon on dirt roads, and this along the way. Yep:#thisisournewbeginning.

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This morning these two very brave souls went off to a new school. I am so proud of them for their resolve, and their (slightly anxious) excitement.
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And, i will sum up this post with this picture containing words that ring true for me, for us in this new beginning….
i hope to be back soon with more.


11 thoughts on “this is our new beginning…

  1. Tina says:

    Great pictures…Leah’s been asking to see where you are and what your house looks like, so she will be thrilled to see some of these new photos. The kids all look so happy – and I’m hoping your hearts are all at peace!

  2. Happy tears as I read this… because of the happy smiles of your children, because of the brand new life, because of being with family!!, because of contentment and joy, because of the wonderful new house to come!!…. It just blesses my heart to see how faithfully God has been leading you. I will be anticipating the “more to come. ” 🙂 xoxo

  3. How exciting. And your new house….Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous! I too would be excited to get in there! I’m so happy you are near your family, I bet both you and them are just thrilled.
    Such an amazing testimony of letting God lead.
    Don’t leave us hanging too long…blog away Rachel! 🙂
    Happy Weekend. XxOo

  4. Mindi says:

    So that is Kansas! It looks beautiful and peaceful. And I’m feeling some of your excitement about your new home! I can’t wait for that step in your journey. Oh, and like the others said, I’m looking forward to hearing more! Have a great weekend with your fam.

  5. i keep thinking of you!!
    and i’m so happy to hear the happy in your voice. :))
    this is your new beginning – and it’s a sweet one.
    love you friend.

  6. Laurie M. says:

    Wow, your pictures bring back so many memories for me. My brother and his wife just sold that house last fall and there are a lot of cousin memories that were made there. One of their girls always told us that there is a fox in that scawy forest (the tree rows by the road=). You should meet my sister-in-law, Tanya Martin -Nisly. She will be really happy if you love the place. I hope you have many happy times there.

  7. Sherilyn M. says:

    Welcome to Kansas!!!! 🙂 Wow, so many emotions, so many things running through my head… just so much of grace and Jesus being with you in the days ahead! So interesting, Erin and Teri met Seth the other day at school when I took them for music class, and came home very impressed–saying there’s a new guy at school and he is really nice and fun. 🙂 I think you are moving a mile south of us! I would love to provide a meal the day you move, or have people come here to eat etc. if that is something that would help out!

  8. Cindi T says:

    Rachel, I am cheering you on as you make a new beginning! I love the realness in your post… tears and joy intermingled. Blessings as you create new memories and a new home. Glad you can be close to your family! Kansas has an extra hold on my heart since it is Connie’s home now… wishing it was a bit closer since the due date for her first baby is coming up next week and I am longing to experience this time with her!

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