🌟 Naomi Esther Vandercar
📅 15 June 2017
⚖️ 7 lbs 13 oz
📏 19 in
Do I even need to begin writing about this past month? It was a pesky one and oh, how slow some things seemed. Let’s put it this way – patience and faith were exercised. In the end, we found ourselves home.
Let me mentioned briefly the editing of this video. For some reason, when the month began, I opted to record all shots in slo-mo. As you watch, you may notice that the clips slowly move from slo-mo to normal time. In retrospect, it matched the month well. This is May 2017.
Though I go on in the center of trouble, you will revive me. You will stretch out your hand against the attack of my enemies and Your power will save. —Psalm 138:7
Oh, April … what a month you’ve been!
My good friend, Brian Shilts, released an album this month and gave me permission to use one of the songs in this month’s microvlog. In many ways, I’m in Deep has been a family anthem for the month – often on repeat in our vehicle.
One fun thing to note about the editing of this month’s video: You may have heard that hours after writing this post, on 21 April, we finally had an offer accepted and began taking the next steps toward home ownership. As I was editing this video, it fell into place beautifully to make a shift that very day when things began to turn around for us with an accepted offer … woo! Most of this month’s video clips are shown in reverse (like the madness of a hurricane), but you will see April 21 happily marks the point when things turn around – moving in proper (forward) motion. Keep an eye out for that day as you watch. No matter what comes … this is life and we face it with the Faithful One.
Adrienne and I have been reading through Stream in the Desert by L. B. Cowman. The scripture above and verse below were both offered in the devotion for April 23 … fitting, methinks.
The Eye of the Storm
Fear not that the whirlwind will carry you hence,
Nor wait for its onslaught in breathless suspense,
Nor shrink from the blight of the terrible hail,
But pass through the edge to the heart of the tale,
For there is a shelter, sunlighted and warm,
And Faith sees her God through the eye of the storm.
The passionate tempest with rush and wild roar
And threatenings of evil may beat on the shore,
The waves may be mountains, the fields battle plains,
And the earth be immersed in a deluge of rains,
Yet, the soul, stayed on God, may sing bravely its psalm,
For the heart of the storm is the center of calm.
Let hope be not quenched in the blackness of night,
Though the cyclone awhile may have blotted the light,
For behind the great darkness the stars ever shine,
And the light of God’s heavens, His love will make thine,
Let no gloom dim your eyes, but uplift them on high
To the face of your God and the blue of His sky.
The storm is your shelter from danger and sin,
And God Himself takes you for safety within;
The tempest with Him passes into deep calm,
And the roar of the winds is the sound of a psalm.
Be glad and serene when the tempest clouds form;
God smiles on His child in the eye of the storm.
Until a few months ago, we had never thought we’d be purchasing a house. Yet, as we found God clearing the way for our move to Fort Wayne, it seemed home ownership would be a wise financial decision. Thus began our search for a house. A few days ago, I began writing an extensive post about our personal journey of hunting a home during the early months of 2017 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s been an experience! We’ve learned such a good deal. This real estate business is kind of whack and the housing market is not friendly to buyers at the moment. Today, I’ve scrapped that post and want to share a simple truth that’s begun settling on me.
At the end of January I posted about our return to Indiana and the many things into which we were headed. Let me first give a brief update on that list.
- a move from Minnesota to Indiana – ✅
- transitioning from one job into others – 🕰️ slowly
- establishing Typewheel as a business – 🕰️ also slowly
- purchase of a new home – 😳 😢 😠 😞
- finding health insurance – ✅
- purchase of a new car – still 🔍
- arrival of baby – ⏲️ under two months!
In many ways, that last one feels like a deadline for the others. Only God knows. We’re learning again to trust and wait.
So, back to home lessons. I (along with my wife, our realtor, and our kids) have invested thousands of hours in search of a house for our family. It should not be this difficult to pay someone $100,000. I have countless messages like the following…
We’ve learned a lot through this process and have come up against such challenges and discouragement. Through it all, you have surrounded us with encouragement and prayer. We thank you! We have had such wonderful opportunity to connect with our pastor’s family as they graciously house us in their basement. We recognize that God is using this time to work good things, even if it may not always be easy on us. The kids have been troopers. I can’t imagine how they process and handle marching in and out of countless homes. This week, after our fourth offer being rejected, we finally decided that I would alone begin visiting with our realtor. This resulted in a fifth offer that is currently pending. Sounds as if it may be up against six other offers or so. We expect to hear the seller’s decision tonight. We appreciate your continued prayers.
It can be so easy to get caught up in the hunt, in the market, in the game, in the bidding wars, etc. Now … to the truth that has taken such time hit me … a thing that was once so clear and has bee made clear again. We have not been led here to purchase a house nor make some financial investment in a property, but to establish a home and nurture a place of living and life. Five or ten years down the road, should we look to sell our house, I will not be concerned as to whether we’ve lost 5-10 thousand dollars. However, I will look back and ask whether we’ve found ourselves settled for a time, healthy, and home.
Such things are worth a little wait.
Oy! March! I think this video does a decent job of capturing the scattered circus. What it doesn’t capture is the crazed Fort Wayne housing market in which houses are sold only hours after being listed. We continue our search. The new Pip (i.e. person in progress) arrives in about 10 weeks! Praying for some settling before then. We continue to trust God. He has called, led, and provided. Though rarely have we taken a path of least resistance, often have we found it good. Easy? No. Good? Yes. Enjoy this look at month one in our new home of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
You can tell life is upon us like a thunderstorm when any regularly blogging is swept away. We’ve been overwhelmed with activities, transitions, and emotions this month. More and more I have found it important to keep up with this microvlogging. I have found that in the midst of so much daily go-go, taking an intentional moment each day to slow myself enough to look around, acknowledge the present moment, take a deep breath, and reset has been healthy. Assembling the month-end video has also provided me some good time to process.
Be sure to listen through the end. I caught a bit of Aelah’s original bedtime lullaby the night before we departed Minnesota. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement as we navigate these transitions! God keep you today.