Monday, September 7, 2009

It's Been Fifteen Weeks ~ And That's Just Too Long

Fifteen weeks ago I wrote to share how God made provision for the girls and I to live back in my hometown. It was no easy task to pack the items from our three story house into a one story; to pack three bathrooms into one; to pack a two car garage into one; and to move into a kitchen with half the cabinet space and no pantry. It was possible only after donating several items to a good cause, giving away what we could, and storing things at my sister’s home. I learned two very important lessons ~ 1) to my shame I had way too much stuff, and 2) my basement was being used for nothing more than a glorified storage unit ~ for stuff I didn’t even use or that I forgot that I had.

Granted, it has not taken me fifteen weeks to pack up our home, move to the rental property, and unpack it all. I cannot deny that there has been a great deal of adjustment to leaving my home, my friends, my family, and my community. There have been tearful days and nights as I have learned to trust again that God is working everything out for my good. And I reckon it just took me a spell to be ready to finally come back and reunite with you all. Thanks to all who prayed even though I was out of touch for a while. I appreciate it so much.

The small home that I live in now is a diamond-in-the-rough complete with an occasional mouse. Now that has been something to adjust to ~ fourlegged friends. We’ve caught a few and our seven cats have been feasting on the rest. They are fat and sassy and hardly eating the cat food. :) The rental house sits on historical property owned by the Mill Springs Battlefield Association here in Kentucky - complete with a real cannon, a small cemetery in the back field, and a huge rambling home over 175 years old that was used as a hospital and military headquarters during the Civil War. God was very gracious in giving us this place to rent. Each window brings a different and unique view that is simply calming and appealing to my spirit and soul.

Tonight we once again watched a momma and baby deer graze on the lawn of the old home. Every day we can watch two beautiful horses across the road galloping through the field ~ which is a reminder of the thoroughbreds near the home we left. Truly God’s hand is here ~ and He knows that I need that moment by moment. His mercies truly are great. His peace permeates this place and were I able to even return to where I came from I do not believe I would. This is a simpler place with a simpler life in most ways.

I’ve missed you all. And I look forward to catching up on your blogs and becoming reacquainted.
Much love, Cathryn

17 Thoughts On The Matter:

Abounding Treasures said...

Welcome back Cathryn!!

I can only imagine the momentous adjustments you have had to make through all of this but know that the One who saved your precious soul, keeps and guides you and strengthens you for all that comes your way!

Your new home area sounds delightful, especially the unique window views that you are blessed with!

Blessings to you as you continue to share your journey Homeward with all of us!!

Deborah said...

You're back!!!! I was so excited when I noticed you had posted...even though I'm a day late seeing it! I'm so glad to 'see' you and look forward to catching up with you. Your new home sounds wonderful...in spite of the mice!

susansspace said...

Welcome back to bloggy world, Cathryn! We've missed you!
So glad to hear that you are finding peace in your new surroundings! God is so good, and provides for our every need in His own perfect way!
Continued blessings,
Susan

bopeep said...

It is so good to see you again....we have all missed you.
Prayers, Bo

Aliene said...

Glad to see you are back. I have been gone and will need to leave again so I am late in seeing Cathryn. Have missed you and hope you will keep blogging. Glad the Lord is working things out for you.

Karin said...

Welcome back! I had wondered where you were! But then my summer has been busy too and I haven't posted too much1 Glad you are settled in and feeling God's love surround you!

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Welcome back. I missed reading your wise post.
God Bless,
Bren

Laura said...

hello auntie,
i had to start a blog for a journalism class and thought i would look you up =) love you!
-laura

Marsha said...

Hello sweet friend! I've thought of your and prayed for you often over the past months, wondering how you are settling in. Would love to hear some more.

Blessings.

Michele Williams said...

How are you doing my friend? Please keep me posted. I am praying for you... blessings...

Theresa's Notes said...

Just letting you know I'm blogging again.

Thank you, Theresa

P.S my blog is no longer private

Deborah said...

Hi Cathryn....I miss you! Email me sometime, ~~~Deb

Sharon said...

It's been a long time since I visited, but just want to say I'm glad the Lord is showing you the way. He never fails us! Hoping that you have a blessed new year!

Deborah said...

Hi Cathryn, I'm out visiting everyone on the blog roll, and wanted to stop by to tell you how much I miss you. I hope you are well and settled into your new home. ~~~Deb

Keith and Julie Loveless said...

Hello, I've been visiting different blogs listed on the KJV Blog Directory. I sort of know what its like to get rid of so much. When God called us to start full-time deputation by faith, we got rid of everything but a few trunks and our van. God has blessed us and we are praying that we will be able to leave deputation sometime this year and "settle down" again. "This world is NOT my home..." rings true. God bless.

Belinda Jo Adams said...

You have a lovely page.

Michele Williams said...

How are things going? Please contact me ... I have been praying for you... God bless you dear sister