Soaking up and Savoring the Passing Moments

Looking back over the last couple months, life seems to be going 160 mph. The hard part has been the ability to soak up and savor each passing moment before moving on to the “next thing”. Here is a quick update of how our steps continue to move us forward.

–          After two failed attempts, Pete’s final appeal was approved and he was able to graduate from Regent University with a Masters of Practical Theology. Thank you for praying for us in those final hours.


–          Zoe graduated Kindergarten from Virginia Academy. Words cannot express how grateful we have been for this school and the incredible impact it has made on our girls lives. We are going to DEEPLY miss this school.


–          We SOLD our house at full asking price BEFORE we even listed it. Our realtors, Rich and Lena Benenati, have an incredible network and were able to pre-market our townhouse. We are in awe of how fast that happened. A huge thank you to this wonderful dynamic couple.


–          Pete was Ordained. What an incredible service! See previous post.


–          We said our goodbyes to Yen. This was one of the hardest goodbyes yet. Fortunately we are able to keep in touch via email. We look forward to a visit from him in the future.


–          We found our new home! The clock was continuing to tick. We were 20 days from closing on the town house in VA so after our trip to the beach with the entire Brown family, we took a quick trip back down to Knightdale and knew that we had to find a house or bust! Doors were being clearly shut in other neighborhoods and the pressure was continuing to mount. Then finally around noon on Wednesday we submitted an offer on the house below. It has been sitting there waiting for us. It is a beautiful house, with ample space. Never in a million years did I think we would be in a single family home at this point in our lives. Much less a new home, with 5+ bedrooms, and a nice sized yard etc. Pete was a negotiating master. I just sat there quiet and amazed at how the Lord has equipped my husband for times like these! Everyone is working diligently to get all the papers done so that we can close and move in on July 8th. We both felt so heavy/weighed down by the pressure on this trip. I cannot tell you how grateful I was to be carried by the faith and prayers of close friends and family. I was reminded that this whole process is not easy. My faith is not always going to be on a mountain top high. We can’t do this alone. The Lord has surrounded us with friends that are believing not only in us, but FOR us when our faith is feeling weighed down. THANK YOU! We are so anxious to see how the Lord uses this house for His ministry. SO GRATEFUL!


As we continue to press on, it’s so helpful to look back and see how God has guided each of our steps. Things are falling right into place. We have 17 more days here in Virginia. Of course we have our list of things that need to get done, but we are trying to soak up and savor the time we have left with our friends and family. It is not going to be easy to say goodbye…

We’ve always had an “open door policy” and that will definitely continue in our new house. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome 🙂