spooky old tree

Fear sometimes starts to seep in...to creep in...to my heart.

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What if...we don't find a renter? What if...we can't pay for all of this? What if...our RV breaks down?

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Mostly, though, I rest in the fact that THIS is the right time to do this. 2011 is our year to be brave.

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We gave up our house, our cars, our fast internet connection (I'm totally mourning the loss of that, by the way), our furniture, our way of life. We gave it up because we began to feel uncomfortable. Unsettled.

We would wake up and go about our days and feel like something wasn't quite right. People all over the world are hungry, poor, discouraged, and destitute. And we really want to play a [small] part in figuring out solutions.

Do we dare? Yes, we dare. (Even if we do have the shiiivvveerss).

[book pictured: The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree]

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17 comments on “spooky old tree”

  1. I can see how this is a scary thing to step out and do. But you are stepping out on faith, nothing wavering,... and you will find good success! I am confident of it! :)

  2. You are going to have such an amazing time. There are so many things that I wish I dared to do. I have that restless feeling like there is more that I need to do. But getting up the courage to do it hasn't happened yet. I'm so excited for you. You can do it! and you're going to look back on it and never ever regret having the courage to do it.

  3. I'm so looking forward to hearing about your adventures and experiences on the road across the country in your RV with your family. You will make a big difference in the lives of some and all your sacrifices will have been more than worth it - probably to many. You and Tim are so courageous. Our country needs more families like yours. BTW, we love the BB Spooky Old Tree!

  4. Can't wait to see where this year takes you! You know God led the Israelites through the wilderness to get to The Promised Land even though it was the longer way. Sometimes God takes us there to teach us things and grow us because the easy way doesn't allow for that. I'll be praying for you and your family as you embark on this new journey.

  5. Your stepping out, trusting Him. You're awesome.

    Here is my mantra I repeat it to myself all too often! You can borrow it when you need to...

    "The end of fear is the beginning of FAITH.
    The END of fear is the beginning of TRUST."

    Put your faith and trust in Him and you will not be lead astray! And it sounds like that is exactly what you are already doing.

    Praying for you!! Honored to "know" you. You two are amazing people!

    P.S. Berenstain Bears are a favorite in this house too!

  6. I always feel like the things that give us "shivers" can turn into the most beautiful memories and lessons! I know that finding a renter is on the top of the list, but the right family will come....I know it and then you will look back at how it all fit together, just at the right time.

    Your family is just the family to embark on this journey. I think about what you have "given up" and it really makes me think. The "normal" way of living is going to school, getting a job, getting married, having kids, buying stuff......but why? You are clearing out all of the distractions life can bring and are truly focused on helping others. WOW, such an amazing example you are setting for all of us!

  7. Just had to say that was my favorite book when I was a beginning reader. I need to go get my old copy at my mom's so my girls can enjoy it. Thanks for reminding me of it!

    When worry starts to creep in just count your blessings.... or all the ways you'll get to be a blessing to others on the wonderful journey.

  8. I don't blame you one bit for being apprehensive, but I also know your family has such a strong faith in God and He will see you through all the hardships and will reward you with countless joys!

  9. I am so proud of you, you dont even know how much. This is something I really wanted to do, but I am such a chicken.

  10. Your little girl is adorable!
    I'm with Becca... I'm proud to know you. Everything will happen the way it's supposed to happen. There will probably be bumps in the road (like, your house is already a bump), but it's all part of the process.
    2011 will be an amazing year for your family!

  11. all of that stuff may happen...but everything worthwhile is worth sacrifice. (but i know how bad a slow internet connection is...seriously, that sucks).

  12. For what it's worth, Ryan and have also had similar "what if" conversations...and in the end we realize, it's okay if we lose our house and have to foreclose, or we can't afford whatever it is we need to afford...that is when we are humbled. Life will go on even if we are homeless. We have wonderful friends family that will invite us over for meals. We will still be together as our little family, even if we don't have a dollar to our name. And beyond that, somehow (even when we made LESS than what our mortgage alone was last year, we still had more than enough...I honestly have no idea how that happened other than God...it was truly miraculous and exciting to witness). I'm sooo excited for you guys!!

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