by | Apr 2, 2017 | a slice of life | 112 comments



There is a season for everything.

And we’ve been through a lot of seasons together over the eight years I’ve written this blog.  When I first hit the publish button, my kids were in diapers, my husband was a full-time youth pastor, and I was a stay-at-home mom, taking a stab at starting a business to help buy groceries.

God blessed this business beyond anything we could’ve imagined.  It enabled Jeff to transition into a part-time associate pastor position a couple of years ago, allowing him time to work towards his Masters degree as a full-time student.  And now, that season is coming to an end.

Jeff only has a few more classes to finish in order to complete his degree, so he has started applying for full-time pastor positions.  We don’t know exactly where or when, but we will be moving to whatever church we feel God is calling him to.  We hope that will be this summer, but God’s timing is good and perfect, so we’re going to trust that the timing of everything will work out just as it should.

I don’t feel the need to share updates on every season of our personal lives, but I wanted to share this, because this personal change will affect my blog and business.

First of all, we will be putting our house on the market within a few weeks.  Again, we don’t know the timing of everything, but we would rather have the house sold, so we’re ready to move whenever.  I’ll also be closing the Mustard Seed Studio, most likely in June, in order to get ready for a move.

And, a move means that I am going to sell a lot of stuff from our home and the studio to make our load a lot lighter!

I’ll be bringing the special antique pieces to sell at the Lucketts Spring Market and then we’ll have a yard sale/final studio sale sometime in June to unload everything else.  I will start posting some larger pieces on my blog soon, since they’ll be too big to haul to Lucketts and I really want to start letting go of things now to make packing easier down the road.

It’s a little overwhelming knowing that big changes are coming and not knowing exactly what those changes will be, but it’s also an exciting time, filled with anticipation.  Jeff has worked hard for this degree so he would qualify for more pastoral jobs, and now those doors are open.  We’ve pulled together as a family to make this time work financially, and, I’m proud to say, we saved up and have paid for each semester of Jeff’s school upfront.  The degree will have his name on it, but we’ve earned it as a family.  And we’re looking forward to seeing where we’ll end up and the community and church we’ll be a part of.

And, as a person who loves decorating, I’m practically salivating at the idea of having a new home to work on!

As I’ve been thinking about how to share this on the blog, words like “transition” and “change” are what immediately came to mind.  This past week, though, the word “onward” popped in my head and it’s perfect.  We’re moving onward.  We set this plan in motion a couple of years ago and we’ve been pressing towards a goal that is close to being met.

So, onward we go!

I’ll keep you posted on what pieces I will be selling and, of course, I’ll let you know when we know where we’re going to end up…


  1. Lisa Mothersead

    Good job on moving forward! I love how you wrote about the degree being for the family. I can relate as I supported our family through my husband’s Ph.D. program (1980’s) and that investment came back in big returns. Sometimes it feels like you’re parachuting out of a plane to land who knows where and it can be unsettling. But, woman are tough and we have a way of making things ok. And having a good education combined with a good work ethic is a winning combination. Enjoy your new journey!

  2. Lisa Mothersead

    women are tough

  3. Cheryl

    Congratulations… Wonderful news… A new beginning… Hope you start a new shop wherever you may go… Enjoy all your posts… I’m a great animal lover and animal advocate, praying your precious new pup goes along with yiu to your new home 🙏🐶🙏

  4. MaryLisa Noyes

    I found this email which I had missed and I can only say I wish you and your family all the best! It will be a wonderful adventure. I look forward meeting you at Luckett’s this year which will be my adventure !

  5. Deborah

    Oh, but HE does the “Gavin stuff.” And your post has prompted me to pray for you, dear one. I am Jewish by heritage and Christian by choice. The best decision I’ve ever made.

  6. mary m young

    A year ago we went away and came back a month later. I cancelled my subscription to MMS. When we came back I tried to sign up again and just couldn’t get back on line with you for whatever reason. Today I decided to “look you
    up” and was so delighted to see your news! Best of luck to you and your family wherever go. Knowing you I am sure you will bring sunshine and light to a new church congregation! And I noticed that you have let your hair grow.
    Looks wonderful. Best to you. Mary Young in Ctr. Tuftonboro, NH……

  7. Jennifer

    I hope you will be closer to me in Missouri so I can buy some of your stuff!

  8. Gail

    I am somehow just stumbling upon your Instagram and your blog, and so I am certain you have a plan at this point… but I felt compelled to share that my church is searching for a senior pastor, and there are many gorgeous and historic homes in our area of Louisa, VA. Should you want more information about the ministry position, you can contact Louisa Baptist Church. Blessings to you and your family in your journey!


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