Gerald and I married on February 10, 2006.
Our first year of marriage, we sold everything we owned, tied the dogs to the roof of the car,
and moved to Nashville!
We often tell this abbreviated story in our concerts, but most people don't realize that when we say 'everything', we actually mean - our house.
We literally sold our house, and almost everything in it, to move to Nashville.
It was a bold choice, but we had no doubts about the decision, and we have never regretted it.
Owning a home had been a long held dream of mine. When we sold our little townhouse, I told Gerald, "One day, I'll want to buy a house again."
Well, today, that dream has come true!
We are thrilled to announce that we have bought a new home!
|Our new home!|
|Front porch, ready for a glass of sweet tea!|
It's a beautiful century home built in 1913. It has the perfect mix of original character with fully updated wiring, plumbing, and appliances.
|Front rooms with 10-foot ceilings, fire place, and original woodwork.|
|Original stained glass, in all my favourite colours!|
|The sellers had painted a forest in the nursery. This is my new creative space!|
|We even have pillars in the master bedroom!|
|Perfect size for a Newfoundland kitchen party!|
We've spent the entire summer looking at listings, visiting open houses, and touring homes. Because we're a freelance ministry, we're not locked into any location, so we actually looked at several different towns and cities. We finally settled on beautiful St. Catharines - The Garden City!
|Can't wait to see our puppies running around here!|
|Hydrangeas in the yard...|
We're so excited to share this news with you! We wanted you to join in the celebrations, but I also wanted to share this thought with you:
Throughout this whole process, I've been reminded of God's faithfulness. These words keep running through my mind:
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."
If you know our story, you'll know that we've faced some significant challenges in the days since we first sold that house. Perhaps you've also had to put aside a dream to pursue something else. But remember, God knows the desires of your heart.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
The timing or the results might not be quite what you had in mind. Maybe the dream will look different in reality than in your imagination. Or perhaps as your life changes, you discover dreams you didn't even know you wanted.
On this day, I encourage you to pursue your dreams.
Big dreams, small dreams, impossible dreams.
They may come true. They may not.
But in pursuing them, we make the world a better place.
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