Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The big decision...





It's been almost three months since my last post, but I must say I am still being stretched. Despite all of the unknowns our Christmas season was wonderful. It was fun to decorate our first tree and house together. Sam and I spent many nights by the fire roasting marshmallows, opening gifts, adding ornaments to the tree, drinking coffee, enjoying gifts we'd received, and celebrating with friends and family.










During the holiday season we made the difficult decision to move to Florida. Sam accepted an engineering job in Tampa and will begin on February 2. We have spent the last month preparing our house to sale, spending quality time with friends, worshipping with our church community, and enjoying the comforts of our home. I would like to say it has been a time of joy and excitement, but for me it has been a time of frustration, sadness, anger (at times) with moments of excitement. I am excited to say that those feelings have drastically decreased over the last week, as I am trusting and leaning on the LORD more and more. I whole-heartedly believe God will provide Sam and I with strong friendships, a growing/vibrant church, a home (that we love as much as the one we own here in Lexington), and ways to visit with my family in Tennessee/Kentucky. The transition to Florida has been difficult, but I believe, if I keep my heart open, I will be excited to call it home. (Here are a few pics from our going away party that Ben and Brittany Collier threw for us)


Yummy, Amy Cakes-Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse





Our house went on the market this past Monday, but due to the ice storm, rain, then blizzard that followed we haven’t had anyone view it. I am optimistic that it will sell in a reasonable time, but that may be due to the fact that I think our house is awesome. Sam has lived here for three years and at first I wondered if it would ever feel like our home, but I must say ‘I LOVE IT!’ I feel safe, secure, and comfortable in our house. In my mind it is a great buy for anyone, as it is in a great location, a great layout, and the updates/decorating helps as well.
To those of you who have prayed for us: thank you!!! We love, appreciate, and need you more than you’ll ever know.














6 comments:

Heather said...

I am sooo sad to know you will be leaving KY. I know we don't see each other much but just knowing you are close by is very nice. I think that in time you will grow to love Florida and things will work out great for you and Sam. If I am in the Tampa area I will definitely give you a call, but before then we need to have dinner or lunch. I will call you!! Oh yeah, and your house is gorgeous, it should sell quickly. love ya - Heather Stout

Nate Youngblood said...

I hadn't seen the house since you've been able to "improve" it and I have to say, you're a much better decorator than Sam. The floor in the kitchen looks great too. Em and I have been praying for you both as you move down south. I know it's not easy, but I think you'll be amazed at how the Lord shows up and gives you what you need, when you need it. Not to mention, Emily and I are excited to have another reason to come down to Florida in the middle of the awfully long MN winters. By the way, we are both incredibly excited that you're coming up for the wedding!-Nate

Brooke said...

Wow... Florida! I will be praying for you guys and the transition. Your house is adorable by the way!

Mama Smors said...

glad to finally look at your blog :) i will miss you when you move to FL (you have been an awesome BSF leader) but i am sure before long you will love it (ecspecially the warm weather). also- where is your house? we will be looking come may :)

agcoats said...

I can't believe the time is almost here for you to move. I am sad, but know that God has amazing plans for both of your lives. God will take care of all the fears and unknowns, and provide you with all you need! Adam and I will continue to pray for you during this transitional time in your life. Change does often equal reward, so hang in there and in time you will see God work in ways you could not even imagine. Oh yeah, I love your house too. It's really nice! Love, Sarah

Kendra White said...

Amber, I cam across your blog from Sarah Smorstad, I keep her little girl Ivy. I too went to Asbury College and know Sam's brother Kyle. I totally understand your heart on moving. I have grown up in Lexington, went to Asbury worked at Southland for 8 years and this is home. In December my husband accepted a promotion to Indianapolis. I knew from the beginning it was the LORDS call on our life, but I am still dragging my feet. He lives in Indy while my and our child are here until later this spring... We "time share" and it makes it hard because i miss him so much and he misses me and John Hunter. I wanted to ecourage you through a song (I saw in your top 25 that was useful). It is the Chris Tomlin song... All the way my Savior Leads me! I sometimes just get in the car and listen and cry. I am excited to see how the LORD works in your life as you move... God Speed