Archive | June, 2012

Family Support

30 Jun

Growing up I had an absolutely wonderful family support system.  Mom and Dad were always there for me.  There wasn’t a single soccer game growing up that I couldn’t look up in the bleachers and find Mom and/or Dad sitting there cheering me on. If I was sick, Mom was there to take care of me.  If I needed homework help, Mom and Dad were there to help me. If I needed financial help they were always there to hand me some dough.  I could not have ask for better parents!

But family support isn’t always about your immediate family but about your extended family too.  I have the BEST grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in the entire world! Every holiday, my cousins were there to play cards with me.  At my high school graduation, my aunts had an air horn to blow when the principal called my name.  When I was growing up, anytime Mom and Dad couldn’t come to the rescue, they could call one of my grandparents and they would be there.

My parents – Happily married for 29 years!! WOOHOO!!

With this move to Alaska, Mom and Dad are supporting us 100%.  (I mean, why wouldn’t they…they live in Alaska. LOL!) Not only are they ALL FOR us moving up there but they are giving us a place to live when we get to Alaska until Brandon and I are able to get on our feet! They are even letting us bring our sweet kitties with us. (That will make 2 dogs and 2 cats under the same roof when we get there!!) Brandon and I are SO thankful for my parents and their help with us moving.

Family is one of God’s greatest resources to us. Families provide acceptance, encouragement, and guidance to one other.  God wants us to strive for communication and understanding with our families.  It is OKAY to “agree to disagree” with your family members. 🙂

Seeing how much family support I had, I prayed to God that my future -in laws would be that same support system.

In Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus teaches us about prayer.

Jesus says do not pray publicly just so that everyone else can hear, but go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private*. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

*Now this does NOT me that you shouldn’t pray in public, it just simply means to check the motives behind your actions.

I prayed this same prayer for many years, and God blessed me with wonderful -in laws!

Brandon’s parents – Happily married for 24 years!! WOOHOO!!

What makes them so wonderful you ask?

Brandon’s parents have given us (Brandon & me) acceptance, encouragement, and guidance that families are suppose to provide.  There have been many times that Brandon & I have needed their support. For example, helping us move to Louisville to attend college in 2007.  Or donating items to furnish the new house we purchased in 2009.  These are just two small examples of the support that Brandon’s parents have provided us.

If it wasn’t for the approval from Brandon’s family, this move to Alaska would not have been possible.  They are buying my new vehicle from us, they are helping us get ready for this yard sale (JULY 7TH), and they are even taking care of Bagel (my sweet puppy-dog) while we are gone.

I prayed that I would have an -in law support system and God answered!

With this move to Alaska, Brandon & I need our families.  We need our families to provide us with the acceptance, encouragement, and guidance we need to make this journey.  When you follow God’s will, he will bless you in abundance.

Just remember, your way isn’t always GOD’s way.  It would have been a THOUSAND times easier for Brandon & me to ignore God’s calling for us to move to Alaska and just stay in Henderson.  But when God calls, we answer, with NO regrets.

–Love to all!!

Bethany

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Humble Hoarding

27 Jun

When we started the discussion of moving to Alaska, my initial thought was, what the heck am I going to do with all my STUFF?!

Those of you who know me, know that I love my THINGS.  I’ve always been a sort of hoarder.  It’s extremely difficult for me to get rid of things.  I am VERY good at justifying the reasons behind having all my material possessions. For example, that red sweater with the tag still on it that’s been hanging in my closet for 5 years, I might wear someday! Or the 10 pairs of jeans stacked in the office closet that no longer fit…I was keeping, in hopes that I could get my butt back in them.  How about the soccer cleats that I haven’t worn in 7 years?…I mean I might play in a soccer game sometime.  LOL!

Writing out my justifications seems so silly but it has helped me to let go of possessions that should have been gone 5 years ago! BUT I still had my reservations about getting rid of many things.

Bear with me, I promise there is a point to my nonsense….

I’ve found that there is one SURE way to help me get through this HOARDING issue of mine…

God

So I’m sitting here on the couch watching TLC, not thinking about all my STUFF, and God says, “Bethany, go get your bible.” So I get off the couch, grab my bible, and just start turning the pages.  I have no idea what I’m searching for, but I stop in the book of Matthew.

As I’m reading the book of Matthew, I come across an interesting story about a man and his possessions.

Jesus speaks to the Rich Young Man: Matthew 19:16-30

I’m not going to write out the entire story, but basically a man asks Jesus what he has to do to have eternal life.  Jesus replies- “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Jesus says it is impossible for a rich person to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.  BUT with God everything is possible. (Not anything but EVERYTHING.)

Now does this mean ALL believers should sell everything they own? No. We are still responsible to care for our own needs so we do not become a burden to others.  HOWEVER, we should be willing to give up anything God ask us to do so.

In January when God laid it on my heart to give up everything to him, and move to Alaska, I had no idea the blessings I would receive.

Now that I am getting rid of almost everything to move to the last frontier, I feel that I have become more humble in my life. I’ve come to realize that possessions do not make the person. Getting rid of all these belongings, I am still the same person I’ve always been, but BETTER!

I learned that God doesn’t just give you the qualities you need; he gives you opportunities to earn those qualities. I was lacking this humble feeling in my life, and God did not give me humility but the situations in which I needed to feel humble. (Now does this mean, I’m perfectly humble and don’t need to be reminded how to be humble?! NO!)

Now back to Jesus and the rich man, think about the most powerful or well-known people in our world – how many actually got where they are by being humble? Not too many! But remember in the life to come, the last will be the first.

I don’t want to give up on the eternal rewards for temporary benefits. I am willing to make sacrifices now for greater rewards later. I am willing to accept human disapproval, while knowing that I have God’s approval.

Brandon and I have a wonderful house, great jobs, nice vehicles…everything we need in Henderson.

But when God calls, we answer, and we will have NO regrets.

Meow Monday!

25 Jun

We’ve been working very hard on getting everything ready for the big move!

I got the kitty carriers in today! Yay! Annabelle and Ruby love them now but I’m not sure they will love the carriers when they are in them for 15 hours! Lol.

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Ruby

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Annabelle

Love to all!
-Bethany

Bye, Bye, Bye! (*NSYNC tune)

17 Jun

Everything is quickly leaving our house and finding new homes!
Before:

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After:

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Good bye STUFF!! Hello ALASKA!! 🙂

Love to all!
-Bethany

Everything but the kitchen sink!

11 Jun

I sent my kitchen table to its new home today at my cousin Kiley’s new apartment!

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So my kitchen table is enjoying its new home tonight.

My yard sale pile is getting quite large!

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We will be having a yard sale on July 7th and we will need to get rid of everything (but the kitchen sink of course)!! So be there July 7th!!!

Love to all!!
-Bethany

See you soon!

10 Jun

What I did today:
1. Said “See you soon” to Mom and Dad today – they flew back to Alaska
2. Saw “Snow White and the Huntsman” with my friends
3. Bought a super cute top & a few accessories at Forever 21
4. Ate supper at the in laws
5. Packed up some more things around the house

Good news! Mom is going to ship her dogs soft sided kennels down to me. So I can use those for Annabelle and Ruby. Now I don’t have to buy any. Yay! 🙂

To do list for tomorrow:
– Go through more things in the house. -Make a get rid of pile and a keep pile.

More good news!! I think we got the house rented to some good friends!! Keep your fingers crossed that goes through!! 🙂

Love to all!
-Bethany

Flights Booked!!

8 Jun

No turning back now! Annabelle and Ruby will be flying with us in cabin. Pray that they don’t freak out on this 14 hour journey!!

Good NEWS! I found out that Mom and Dad are allowed two FREE checked bags each on their flight back to Alaska. They travelled very light and only have three checked bags so Brandon and I are going to take advantage of the FIVE available bags and send up our winter clothes with them! We’ve made some progress…here are two bags ready for the flight to Alaska!

Disregard the dust on the suitcase…it’s been in the attic for a while!

To do list for tomorrow:

  1. Purchase soft-sided kennels

Love to all!

-Bethany

WE’RE MOVING TO ALASKA!

7 Jun

Welcome FAMILY & FRIENDS!

This blog is meant to allow all our friends and family to share in this wonderful adventure that Brandon and I are about to embark on. We have prayed and prayed to God to give us the guidance we need on this incredible journey.

You all are probably wondering how we came to the decision of leaving our friends and family and moving to Alaska. It all started two years ago, when my parents packed up everything they owned and moved to Juneau. Before they moved, I had no desire to visit Alaska, let alone MOVE to the last frontier! Even after they had moved 3,000 miles away, I still had absolutely no interest in ever living there. BUT -I’m not going to lie, it was very difficult for me to accept that in the middle of planning my wedding, my parents up and moved a 12 hour flight away. I was very angry with them.

With the help of my wonderful husband (fiance at the time), I began a routine that didn’t include seeing my parents multiple times a week. Time went on, Brandon and I got married, I graduated college, and I started a new job in Owensboro, Kentucky. Brandon and I even considered moving to Owensboro so that I could be closer to my job, and we could start a life of our own outside of the town we grew up in. Brandon did some job searching but didn’t have much luck.

Meanwhile in Alaska, my parents were establishing their new life on the last frontier. They loved it so much that Dad actually recruited two people from Henderson to move to Juneau with their families. Of course during this time Mom and Dad are calling Brandon and me saying, “Alaska is awesome! You really should move up here! You don’t have any kids so this is the perfect time!….etc.” After about the second month of calling and “pestering” Brandon and me, Brandon was ready to jump on the next plane to Juneau. Me on the other hand, I was still not interested. I had just started my new job, got a puppy, bought a new car, and lived in this wonderful home! I was NOT going anywhere. So that’s where Brandon and my parents left it. They quit “begging” us to move up there, Brandon quit talking about, and life moved on.

Then one day in late January, I just had this calming moment when God said, “Bethany, move to Alaska.” It was as simple as that! I had, had all these emotions about moving to Alaska, and how I had told myself that I was happy in my little comfort zone in Henderson. But God had other plans.

After I told Brandon about my decision, he was gung-ho! Since January, Brandon and I have been on this journey of searching for jobs in Alaska. But after many phone interviews that have led to MANY dead ends, we have gave it all up to God! Which leds us to the present…

Brandon and I are praying everyday that God will lead us in the direction he sees best. We are both DONE worrying about our future. God has never let us go hungry before, and as long as we trust in him, he will not let us go hungry in our future.

So on Monday, July 23, 2012, we are jumping on a plane and heading north!

Follow us on our blog as prepare to move, as well as, our adventure when we get there!!

Love to all!

-Bethany