Thursday, September 7, 2017

Our Minimalist Adventures & Dealing with Stress

Back in July, I updated you on some of our progress since moving to Missouri to pastor a small church with my husband. As most of you already know, there were some issues in the beginning (being broken into, the buildings needing repair, etc). Progress since has been fairly slow. We've still been unable to move into the parsonage to date. However, we're still being very diligent.

This past month, we discovered a gas leak in the line leading from the church to the parsonage. The gas has been turned off to both buildings pending the fix. Luckily, we haven't been in need of gas considering we're still in the warmer months and haven't moved into the parsonage yet. However, this will need to be fixed soon as fall turns into winter rather quickly in the midwest.

We've continued making progress on the kitchen in the parsonage with the help of my very handy parents. The dry wall and insulation has been replaced, electrical boxes added where wires had once been hanging freely and new GFCI outlets have been installed for safety. The next step is to finish painting the cabinets, tile the backsplash, and replace stove top, sink and counter tops. It seems like a lot, but I feel like things in that particular area of the house are about to move a little faster.

Some of the mess we found...

Took the kitchen down to the studs...

Replaced the insulation...

Current view of kitchen with new outlets installed and dry wall...

To add to all that, D and I were out meeting up with my grandparents for lunch last week and D's finger accidentally got caught in the car door. This wasn't just one of those bruising situations. No...this was lacerations and a break in the tip of the small finger on his left hand (I'll spare you the pictures). After a painful trip to Urgent Care, we followed up with a hand specialist who is keeping a close watch to make sure it heals properly. Needless to say, D hasn't been able to do much physical stuff per the doctor to allow the finger the best chance at healing. A round of antibiotics, finger splint and daily cleaning and changing the dressings is what we're having to do at the current moment.  He's been having to sleep in a recliner to keep from rolling over on that hand in the middle of the night. I hurt for him and have been doing my best to be a caring and supportive wife through the pain and frustration.

As I shared before, we took this church on faith and without a salary. We've been living off of money we can make minimizing things as well as on the kindness and support of others. We've really been in awe at how many wonderful people have supported us in prayer, elbow grease, and financial support. I don't think we could've made it without them. In addition to that, I have been working both businesses KHC Medical Billing Advocates and Dress Up Your Cup. Most days I can deal with having little, but other times I miss the steady paychecks. At any rate and in whatever mindset I'm in, I've learned I need to find ways to better handle my stress.

One of the biggest stress relievers is my crafting. While I do this to make a little money on the side, the actual creating process is good for me. Here is one of my recent creations! You can get them one my Etsy shop: Dress Up Your Cup

Secondly, I decided to tackle an item on my 40 by 40 Bucket List: Learning to enjoy exercising. I've decided to do the 30-Day Yoga Challenge. I found a great series on YouTube and have completed day 1 and 2 on the back deck of my parent's house. You can join in on the fun as well: 30-Day Yoga Challenge: Day 1 I've learned that I need to take a few moments of silence, breathe and stretch. While this did work some of my muscles, I finished feeling a little more relaxed and a little less stressed. It was also nice to be outside in the fresh air while I was doing it. I'm hoping for the next 30 days, I'll start to look forward to this time and get in a habit of doing something physical every day. Yoga seems like a great way to start: super slow and super easy.

Being still for a minute...

August went pretty fast to say the least. Lots of hard work, a little bit of fun, a rained out total eclipse and a finger break. We're still standing and still believing this is exactly where God wants us to be in each ebb and flow of the journey.


  1. Best of luck for your renovation and I'm glad that you finally find out on how to reduce your stress with doing yoga. I love yoga as well and everytime always help me through my difficult time.
    Kintan xo,

  2. Sounds like you have all been very busy sorting out your new kitchen, I'm sure it will look amazing once it's finished. Ouch with the fingers trapped in the door! I've done it myself and know how sore it is but thankfully I didn't break anything when I did it.

    The Life of Dee

  3. Yaiks, that sounds like an eventful month! I think this whole year has gone in a blink of an eye. It's insane!

  4. What an eventful month! It's unfortunate to read about all the setbacks with the renovations, but the kitchen is starting to shape up and look good! Also glad to read that you knocked something off your bucket list :)

    Sondra xx

  5. Sounds like a beautiful time of stepping out in faith and seeing what is there. I think I would panic at the way the outlets in the kitchen looked like, but it seems like everything is moving in the right direction now. So great!

  6. Sounds like such a busy month, I hope everything works out great!