Life Takes Us To Unexpected Places But Love Brings Us Home

This is the beautiful sunrise that greets me each morning from my little Easton Road. If you were here sipping a hot cup of coffee with me, you would hear the neighbor's roosters crowing and the cows mooing for their morning breakfast. The land around us is scattered with all kinds of animals and it is music to my ears. 

  Life takes us to unexpected places ...but love brings us home. It was a long journey home but we are home. We are happy to be back with our family and thankful for our time in the beautiful capital city of Missouri. We made deep friendships in the four years we were in Jefferson City and we will carry them with us in our hearts. We are making it our goal to stay connected to our friends and church family that we left behind. Goodbyes are heartbreaking. 
We have landed in our forever home in the middle of the Missouri farmland. Retirement is a whole new learning curve but we are enjoying our time together and long mornings together over coffee. Really we have not stopped working yet...painting and remodeling may be our next career. Brian never stops working and I have been doing some counseling and will soon start teaching a Bible study. 

We are slowly finding our new "normal" ...just letting the Lord guide and direct us.  We have started making this little piece of farmland our new home. Our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness. It was a long journey home. 

Missouri is cold in January and we have snow and ice mixed in from time to time. But Spring never waits long. As we pour over the garden seed catalogs we are excited to start planning for a spring garden. Getting my hands in some dirt brings me joy. We all need to find some joy and gladness.  What are you looking forward to? 

Make me to hear joy and gladness


  1. It was SO good to see your comment today on my blog Carrie. We're going home too! Back to Nebraska! I don't know how far back you read on my blog, but Dennis will be retiring soon and we are in the process of buying the house next door to Dennis's Mom. She's 85 and definitely needs us there since his sister died in September. We'll be closer to ALL of our family except his brother who lives in Florida. We're making plans to visit him next winter.
    Home. It sounds so sweet. So right. So good. The house is also only about 2-3 blocks from the church where we met in Sunday School class, married in. We were both baptized there in our teens and our children were all baptized there when we were home on visits. We attended there until our move to Spokane 27 years ago and have kept in touch with many, many friends there. Our hearts will hurt leaving our church family here, but like you, have promised we will stay in touch. We'll be here until September as current plans go.
    I'm so glad you're happy to be back home too. The cornfields of the midwest are calling to us too.
    I'm looking forward to hearing more from you as time goes by.

    1. Betsy~ It has been a long journey. It hasn't been easy for sure but we know God has called us back home. Although, all my family live here and I am loving that... our children are scattered. We have one daughter and son-in-law who live in Washington state. I am excited to watch your journey. Nebraska is not far from me. I have an Aunt who lives in Omaha.
      The farmland around us had corn last year so this year we will watch soybeans grow.

  2. OH Carrie what a pleasant surprise to see your comment on my blog,and to know you are blogging again, I look forward to reading of your journey past and of your new beginnings.
    Your morning view is spectacular, I ordered my garden seeds today, and am looking forward to planting and harvesting. Thank you for visiting.


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