Tuesday, August 31, 2010

sister.

i have a mini-project right now. i've been wanting to do something like 'this' for a while, just not exactly sure what 'this' is. something like a group of people writing encouraging letters to each other, like a penpal group? i just know that there are friends of mine who could use encouragement and prayer and if i can be a vessel, i'd be encouraged too...

life is slowly returning 'back to normal' and oddly, i'm not sure how to handle it! ive been trying to 'coach' myself into enjoying life again, saying 'its ok to be happy' here and there and to find peace again. i guess we really didn't know how bad this former living situation was until we were out of it, and now i want to slam that door shut and run like hell! God is so good in his provision and in the way he wants to bless us. i can't wait to grow into that person that he wants me to be and i feel like i'm getting closer and closer.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

from darkness into light.

things are finally starting to look up...

my last post was written from a pretty dark place. eric and i were both feeling very lost and hopeless for a while and it looked as though we might have to throw in the towel. God had other plans for us though, and through His provision we will be moving in to the apartment we looked at a few months ago which, by divine intervention, was still available (a serious miracle- the person who'd applied for it somehow got turned down). when we first looked at the place, we fell in love with it- it was in the area that i'd been wishing we lived in and it had everything we'd been wanting: more space, a dishwasher, and a balcony. i realize that doesn't sound like much, but in the DC area, a simple place like this is soo expensive (try $1025 monthly!) we thought it would be too expensive for us, and although we nicknamed it 'our dream apartment,' we forgot about it and planned to stay where we were. things got worse at our current apartment and we determined that God was prompting us to move out. so, without a new apartment lined up, we stepped out in faith and gave our 30-day notice to our landlord. shortly after, we applied for the 'dream apartment,' knowing full well that they would check with our current landlord (who has unreasonably badmouthed us to other tenants) and our employers to see how much money we make. miraculously, our landlord gave us a great reference, and the property manager approved us for the apartment even though we BARELY made enough money to meet the income requirement. i knew that if we were given the opportunity to move into this place, it was by God's hand and His desire to bless us...

right now we are packing and I'm sick, but I'm still very excited to move this weekend and be done with this awful apartment we've been stuck in for the last year. i'm more than excited at the thought that having a place to live in that we can enjoy will improve our experience here.

finally we can have space for a REAL bedroom and not a 10' by 10' box.
we can have a dining area and a living room and enough room for us BOTH to have 'studio space,' which means more artwork/sewing/crafts/printmaking/THERAPY.
we can have people over, and people can come visit and actually stay with us and not feel cramped.
we can have meals and drinks out on our own balcony.
we can walk A SINGLE BLOCK to the BEST farmer's market in the area (that is open year-round)!
we can ride our bikes to the store, or to one of the many restaurants down the street.
eric can ride his bike to school AND work and rely much less on the metro.
we can get involved in the thriving community that we will be living in.

yeah. i'm excited. and thankful that God pays any attention to us at all, let alone meets our needs in such awesome and beautiful ways.