Moving can be tough. Packing everything in boxes, maybe labeling them, waiting for the big day, and an extra load of cleaning before moving into the new space and as the old is emptied. I have been discovering moving a blog is no different!
I don’t know if you noticed a couples weeks ago, but this blog moved to a new URL (kandihamble.com), got a bit of a facelift (new tag line and banners, which match across Instagram, Twitter, and Zazzle), and a new About Me page!
So, welcome to my new home on the interwebs. I’m still in the process of moving things over and then will be making sure links are correct…but here we are! The past couple weeks have been a soft launch of sorts and I’m busy getting new content ready for next week, including sharing the background of my guest post at Discovering Freedom Project!
Have a grace filled week.
Every year, many people I know pick a Word of the Year to define the upcoming year. I’ve only started this in the past few years, and have noticed my Word of the Year doesn’t really follow the calendar year.
Two years ago, I chose Trust as my Word. I struggled with trusting God for all that life was throwing at me, and it seemed like a good first Word. When 2016 came around, I was praying about a new Word, and felt like I needed to keep Trust. So I did not change it.
I have the word Trust on my wall, along with some other words that point me to trust. As 2015 and 2016 progressed, I wrote Bible verses and quotes from authors and friends which spoke of trusting in God and pinned them to my wall, forming a Wall of Trust.
A few months ago, I go the inkling that my Word was changing. It started with a verse:
This is at the end of the Valley of Dry Bones and I have always loved these verses.
This verse started a shift in my heart, and I knew my Word would be changing soon. And not waiting for 2017 to blow in like a frozen blizzard! A land has been promised me – a refuge, a home, a place to hide away and to invite others into peace. In this land I will be firmly planted by the Lord and there I will flourish.
So my Word (more like a phrase!) is Firmly Planted and Flourishing. Living in this tension of the now and not yet has been interesting so far, but I am learning well that Jesus can be trusted, He has a plan filled with hope and a good future for me, He has not left me behind even when it fells like so many others have, I am a daughter of the Most High King of kings and He has lavished me with so many amazing gifts it will make my head spin as I start accepting them and opening them to share with those in my life.
Given my circumstances, my own land seems like a folly to hope for. But I know and trust that God has a plan for my life, and what He has promised me, He will fulfill. Just as Abraham received a seemingly impossible promise from God and kept hoping, so shall I.
I am looking forward to 2017 with great expectation in my Lord. I can’t wait to see what He is working out in me! I am going to look for joy instead of waiting for the other shoe to drop.
While Janet was in town this fall, there was the Thresher’s show in Dalton, MN, and I was invited to go check things out! Being a city born and bred girl, I kinda geeked out at all the cool old engines I saw and watching two farmers thresh wheat! WHAAAAT?! Chaff! Many of the machines were over a hundred years old! All the belts and gears were fascinating! And seeing how the belts are repaired because replacement belts aren’t made anymore! The little town there was sweet, with a church, store, and red school house. We also watched a Railroad stake being made in the blacksmith shop! There was a cute little old man sitting in the General Store.
I will be taking a break for the rest of January and start up fresh in February!
What do you get when you mix family and food with a side of silly kids and extra blessings?
THANKSGIVING!This year we got an extra special blessing with the early arrival of J4. Tyler was very entertaining making thankful banners, playing with the trains, and going after Boppa’s ipad to see choo-choo’s. Sam was a joy with her art and twirling and Elsa’s hair flying out behind her. Dessert gave us chocolate faces and sillier kids right before bedtime. Then there were late night tricks while Kristin was holding Joey, which made Rob laugh. To end the night, Kris was sent back to Chicago with a sibling huddle and The Ryan Express revved up for J2 to take a spin.Happy Thanksgiving…and Marry Christmas!