Sunday, January 15, 2017

{Mercy Meadow: Welcome Home}

"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."  Psalm 37:3-4

It is so surreal to call this blessed space home.  We have felt all along {since we first saw the land & prayed it would somehow be ours} that God was leading us here for restoration and healing.  He's slowly taught us to dwell in the midst of the deepest grief and sorrow imaginable.  We have learned what it is to be content in any thanks amongst the hardest trails and tests we never thought we would face.  It is with the greatest joy and most humble spirit that we build our lives here from this point forward.  He's planted deep roots of desire for community and Kingdom building...and we are so excited to see how it comes to fruition. 

Although I am post dating this by a couple of weeks, the photos are taken over the course of most of January.  We ran into issue after issue once we moved in...feeling the enemy's attack indeed...and are quite disheartened by the way our builder has handled everything as we began to wrap up this process we so looked forward to.  In the end, we cherish this space and know that what satan has tried to use to harm us, God intends for good.  We place our confidence in that as we move onward and upward. 

Being able to design every last detail was a dream...albeit an overwhelming one at times.  But, seeing it all come together has been so fun!  I purchased every light fixture myself and chose every single finish...countertops, hardware, paint, flooring, doors, windows, siding, you name it.  I think the hardest decisions were the paint...but ended up making those entirely based on my liking their names.  ha!  The gray we chose for all our doors and shutters reminded me of a song sung at my mother's funeral that she loved so that was an easy pick! :)  Mostly, I just chose what I loved at first glance and went with that...somehow hoping it'd all work out together and I'd like it.  And, we so do. 

I've had so many ask what I would change if I were to do it again and I think that {other than choosing a different builder} I wouldn't change a thing.  But, for anyone considering is a full time job if you want to save money.  We know that we are responsible to God for being good stewards of the resources He provides...and we took that very seriously in this project.  So, there was definitely more time and research and shopping required than I thought would be.  But, I'm thankful that we somehow made it work and I could project manage to be wise with all He's given.  

It's such a gift to call Mercy Meadow home...for good now! We are slowly figuring out where to hang photos and art and I still haven't decided on the great room furniture...but truly don't want to leave home to even shop! :)  I know these things will come in time and we are just so happy to be here! 

This is the first thing the littles started doing when we began brining in the boxes:  Trains for days!!! 

Oh yes, and the yard.  Eeeekkkk!  We are doing the landscaping ourselves a bit at a time to save some money and will probably do more once it gets a little closer to spring.  So, it's a bit of a mess outside...but the kids sure are enjoying the white sand leftover from the masons and it's become their own private beach! ;)

It's quite difficult to get a photo of the front of the house since it does sit just beyond a row of cedar trees.  We are going to trim the trees up a bit more so there's a little more of a view of the house from the front field. 

And this picture reminds me that I still need to figure out our bedding.  ha!  I have an idea but got caught up with other details lately that it just sort of slipped to the backburner.  All in due time...

The day I took these, we were hosting family for my dad and sister's birthdays so I just left the cake on the stove.  :)

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