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Moves and Changes

Happy Wednesday! Last August was kind of a big month for me. We moved into a new house and I took a different direction with this blog. This week marks a year since I started posting more consistently and writing faith-based stuff on here. On the first Wednesday of last August I wrote a whole post about starting something new . It felt fitting considering I felt like I was starting a new season and since then, God has used this blog in different ways to encourage others and to encourage me as well. This feels kind of like a milestone, so I wanted to take a minute to think back to last August.  Last Summer we spent a lot of time looking for a new house in the same area we’ve been in for the past ten years and since I didn’t have to do any of the technical stuff, it was actually a lot of fun. I remember getting to go see fancy model homes and drive by already built homes, imagining what life would be like in each of them. Would this be our new home? Would this be our new neighborhood?
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Monthly Wrap Up: June

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Building Back Up

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Summer of Yes

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