It has been a bit radio silent over here on the blog for a while now.
Part of that is because it felt like too much time was passing in between each sporadic post. How do I even begin to fill you in on what is really going on? It became easier to share an organizing idea or decor post then it was to let you come inside and hear my heart on this whole life thing. Nonetheless, I’ve decided to catch you up on some of the big things that we have been debating, considering and praying about…for months now.
I’ll tell you what we said no to and what we said yes to.
And oh what I wouldn’t give to have you over for coffee and hear the things that you have been debating, considering and praying about for months now too!
It has been over a year since my baby started kindergarten. The youngest of five. After years of being in the trenches of motherhood the silence that I now experienced when they all went to school was pure gold. I was about to begin writing an e-book so I didn’t jump back into working outside of the home again. My field before becoming a mom was mainly administrative work and in this new season (after almost 9 years at home with kiddos), I just wanted a chance to breathe before deciding what to do next. I quickly realized that just because I didn’t have a little person following me around in the late morning and early afternoon, it didn’t really change my day a whole lot. It was still full with running errands, taking care of stuff around the house and scheduling dentist appointments for the seven people that live here.
During this time we continued to Airbnb our house when we would be traveling as a family.
I know that being an Airbnb host isn’t for everybody. But for this lady right here…I just LOVE it. It also wasn’t exactly a valid option when I was in elementary school answering the question,
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
An Airbnb host!?!
You see, hospitality is my jam…sharing the material possessions that we have with others…I am ALL for that! I can’t take these material possessions with me to heaven, so why not use them to their fullest potential here on earth? I am also an entrepreneur at heart and enjoy working with details, calendars and my very favorite…working with people. I also need order in my life and a clean house makes me all kinds of happy. But I’m not into cleaning all of the things for no reason, ya know?
There needs to be purpose.
And having guests come into our home is all kinds of CRAZY MOTIVATING for me to clean my house and find systems to keep all of the things in order…the simplest way possible.
There is also a part of me that has been craving more opportunities for creativity. I loved pouring creative ideas and time (and a whole lot of paint!) into this home when it was just me and my crew of little people who were always pulling out all of the toys. And now that the house is pretty much finished, I dreamed of getting my hands on something else that I could paint, organize & decorate once again!
Do you see where this is going?
Our friends own a house in Minneapolis that they are going to be selling. It is DARLING, in every possible way.
It has so much character and charm. It has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and gorgeous moldings…for days.
For months this fall, Sam and I’s conversations went a lot like this…
We could buy our friend’s house, move into it, be closer to our kids’ school (we currently drive them back and forth twice a day because we aren’t close enough for busing) and then Airbnb our current house right away.
During the day while the kids are at school, I could clean our current house for guests and work on painting, making this new house a home for the seven of us!
Financially, it would be a GREAT investment with the ability to Airbnb our house full-time. I LIT UP when we would talk about it because it included doing so many things that I love.
Sam was pretty thrilled about all of the possibilities too!
We were leaning 90% to telling our friends, “Yes, we will buy the house!”
We knew that we also wanted to get our foster care license again. I shared, how we came to that conclusion, here.
However, before we started that process we needed to make a decision about the house. You see they are technically in two different counties, which affects which county we would get our license in.
Do we wait on applying for our foster care license, buy the house, move into the new house and fix it up, Airbnb our current house, and then eventually once we are settled…get our license?
Do we say no to the new house, stay where we are, continue renting out our house a few times a year when we are traveling and begin the foster care license process in our current county?
That was the big question.
We had a few months to think and pray about it.
And in mid-December we told our friends that we had decided not to buy the house.
It was a hard decision!
As I continued to pray about it, the sense that I got is that God wouldn’t close the door and that we could totally say yes to buying the new house if we wanted too…but that it wasn’t his best for us.
We began seeing that for us, perhaps taking on two properties with repairs and upkeep, running a full-time Airbnb property, traveling back and forth between properties constantly, furnishing and creating a new house into a home, raising and parenting five kids, leading a church AND wanting to do foster-care…perhaps it was just too much.
Perhaps we would be securing our financial future but we would be giving up many things that we value and miss out on fully engaging with God’s purposes for us here: A peaceful home, time with each other, memories with our kids, margin to love others…the list started going on and on.
That same week that we told our friends no to the house, I mailed in our foster-care application that I had been holding onto for 11 months. Shortly after that we were introduced to our new social worker (6 years had passed since we were last licensed so that we could adopt our kids) and began the process of getting licensed again.
I asked how long the process would take and she said that the main factor was how quickly we worked through the various steps.
On Monday we completed the very last step and officially became licensed for foster-care!
The seven of us couldn’t be happier about it!
There are many things that I could say about it…but alas, this has already taken up more than a few minutes of your time.
I’ve discovered through the shifts and changes of blogs/social media that my current favorite platform to share thoughts, ideas and encouragement is Instagram.
I’ve begun recording short video segments on there (called “Instastories”) a few times a week. They cover the various topics that I talk about here…Parenting, Adoption, Organization & Decor.
And now they will most certainly include our family’s journey into foster-care.
It is the place that I will share little glimpses into the journey so that so much time doesn’t pass between our interactions.
And I’m hoping that it will be a place to help answer questions and encourage others stepping into opportunities to simplify their life so that they have time…to simply love more.
I would love for you to join me over there too!
Life is a journey, let’s explore it…together!