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  • Lois
    August 26, 2013

    I loved your story of roots. My last move, and hopefully my last was one I accepted as being the best I could find. Location was idea as was the cost. I had no idea the journey this one move would lead to. I found a community and my slice of nature I had been craving. Some times we think we are settling for something and then it turns out that we got more than we knew we wanted.

    • Evelyn
      August 26, 2013

      Hi Lois, what a great point that we can always find more than we were looking for, in every place. I’m so glad you found your “slice of nature.” Love that! Thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚

  • MrsWesonga
    August 26, 2013

    I am glad you are finally getting a chance to process the House. That was such a quick change for you guys!

    I’ve felt like an above-ground root for a while: pulled up just as I’m starting to settle-blanket some dirt and water those roots, just in time for another change. I’m ready for a cozy terra cotta pot to plant roots into. It is comforting to know we have Gardener who knows the best places to plant us πŸ™‚

    Love you guys

    • Evelyn
      August 26, 2013

      Hi. Yes, you are definitely ready for roots going deep-deep into your new apartment soil. Tell Saint that puppies help with that. πŸ™‚ Kidding. Kinda. And yes. You’re SO right about the Master Gardener and how He knows the perfect timing for everything. Amen!

  • CH
    August 26, 2013

    I feel change is coming for your family also. I’m not sure what but I wonder if God is moving you on and I don’t want it to be true because I will miss you to pieces but I have been feeling it a lot. I see God using all of your experiences from the shoebox for sometime in the near future…. I’ve been in denial and then you wrote this so I had to share. πŸ™
    Say it because just last week I said, Danny…it feels like God is moving Dan and Evy soon…and a few weeks ago we talked about it…I’m going to deny it for a while OK?

    • Evelyn
      August 26, 2013

      Haha. Thanks for sharing, Connie. Nothing’s settled until it happens! πŸ™‚ And no matter what, we know God has GOOD plans for us all, right? πŸ™‚

  • CH
    August 26, 2013

    Yeppers

  • Jane Sasser
    August 26, 2013

    I definitely know the feeling of not knowing what is next– our “next” is just maybe a few more years out. It has been hard for me to start letting go of the idea of living the rest of my life in this house we built and love. I wish I had the answers about how much longer I will be working or where we will choose to put down our roots. But I do know that I can live in limbo. So I am trying to be patient and wait.

    • Evelyn
      August 27, 2013

      Jane, I love that you just said, “I do know that I can live in limbo.” Whoa. What a statement of faith when the rest of us, (well, me) are doing everything we can to get OUT of limbo. πŸ™‚ I guess I’m learning that life is much more a percentage of uncertainty and much less of stability of circumstances. So when you DO have a season of calm, relative clarity and consistency… enjoy it. Eat it up because it will be changing soon. πŸ™‚ I’m excited for your upcoming root-changes too!

  • EKA
    August 26, 2013

    Evelyn,

    What a great analogy!! As a military spouse I can whole heartedly relate. There is a constant inner battle between a longing for home, family, and deep rooted community that comes from years of doing life together…and the desire for adventure and discovery that comes with change. There is a process I have to go through when change occurs, and through the years I have seen Him walk me patiently and graciously through it. I look forward to the journey more than the end now. He has greatness (or radishes) to show us when we truly learn to let go and let Him move.

    • Evelyn
      August 27, 2013

      Erin, THANK YOU for bringing in the much-needed perspective of a military wife. And I LOVE this: “There is a constant inner battle between a longing for home, family, and deep rooted community that comes from years of doing life together…” You hit the nail on the head, girl. I’m realizing that maybe stability and our idea of “home” just.plain.isn’t.for.right.now. More on that later. πŸ˜‰ Love your comment. Miss you!!!!

  • Athena
    August 26, 2013

    Thanks I think I needed to read this today. I always love reading what you write here, especially a christ centered life. It made a big difference when we were roommates and it helped give me a boost today. Thank you and please keep writing.

    • Evelyn
      August 27, 2013

      Fun to hear from you, Athena! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. πŸ™‚

  • KWeight
    August 28, 2013

    Oh, my little radish… I loved this post! I was actually surprised when you casually mentioned that you sold the house. It’s such a HUGE event! But you are processing and embracing it with so much grace.

    So in the vein of anthropomorphizing vegetables and graciously embracing change, I think it’s only appropriate to reference this classic tune:

    . May we all learn to accept new life events as enthusiastically as Evelyn the Radish and Larry the Cucumber.

    • Evelyn
      August 28, 2013

      Thank you. Thank you for this. πŸ™‚

  • Susannah
    September 5, 2013

    Thank you for this post and your one on ‘getting out of the bath’ over at (in)courage – your writing really chimes with me, set as we are to pursue an itinerant ministry in the church. Selling my home for a future that seems thick with question marks is feeling both terrifying and absolutely right – time to get out of the bath/take my place in that salad! I love too that you are quick to admit that we don’t have the promise that the road will be easy. Thank you for your openness, your honesty and your encouragement. I’ll be following your family’s progress from over here in the UK. Every blessing, Evelyn. xx

    • Evelyn
      September 5, 2013

      HI Susannah,
      I’m so glad you popped by! I pray that you’ll find similar blessing in the uncertainties in front of you by leaning into our Lord more than ever before. πŸ™‚ Where in the UK are you? We lived in Harrogate, England for three years and LOVED it.

      • Susannah
        September 6, 2013

        Aw, thanks! We’re in Cheshire which is beautiful and very friendly. Harrogate is lovely too xx

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