Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Going ALL IN

We got some more devastating news and shortly after, I came across this article "Going ALL IN". Wow, is it ever OHH so timely!

We are not leaving the area (PCSing), but we are moving again. Our landlords want their cute quaint house back. :(  So, although we have only lived here a year, we have planted our roots and made this home. And in this house I feel as if we have lived 10 years worth in one. It has been a hard but full, heart wrenching but also a time full of hope, it has also been a time of sifting, refining. pruning and growth. So, again, we pack up our home, our memories, our hearts and head in a new direction. (Thankfully only 15 minutes North of our darling neighbors who have become the family we always collect along the way. And about 30 minutes away from the core of my wonderful MOM's Club blessings and Onalee's friends.) So, again as we sort, pack and leave things behind (I'll quote the author)…

"We are leaving chunks of a life lived wholeheartedly in this place.  Because there is no other way to live but ALL IN.  You can dig up and replant. You can let go and still take with you a piece of what you had. Because living ALL IN is not just about the letting go of, but also the reward you have when you plant both feet firmly on the new soil you call home.  Dig in deep and plant strong roots; live loudly and engage community; make best friends, plant wild flowers and paint walls bright colors.  Your friendships will be richer, your days brighter, and your heartbeat stronger when you live life ALL IN." 

-With my love, and adventure buddy Heath Wilhoit

My close friend Jen has walked with me through life the past 16 years of highs and lows and shared this message with her friends.  Here are her sweet words and blessing to us on this next step of our journey.

This is my dear friend Rhianon Wilhoit, whose friendship has been woven so deeply into so many seasons of my life.

Rhianon, your heartbeat for "Going All In" is what instantaneously connected us from the start and is the very thing that has drawn us so close through so many seasons of life and so many miles of globe. Your heart, thoughts, and transparency here as well as the words of another are so beautifully and vulnerably put that it stands worthy of repeating. Your words offer truth that may resonate with many... 

Rhianon, I (we) count it as a great honor to have been "collected as family" along the way by you (and yours). You get it. You wrestle well. You love deeply. You sink your roots down deep and flourish. And... you ARE the friend with whom I painted the brightest wall in my home.

You are beautiful. Be beautiful; stand firmly planted wherever you go and on whatever soil that God has placed you until our roots can tangle in more local soil together. Put down roots firmly planted in a foundation of truth. Shine, and grow and love deeply. It is who you are; it is who God created you to be.

And now May The Lord Bless you and Keep You and May He make His Face Shine Upon You and May He Grant You Peace as you Go...All In.
I love you. We love you.

Going ALL IN:


May 27, 2014