Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Beginning Again {Big Announcement!}

No, I'm not pregnant.

It's not that type of big announcement and beginning again. We are content with our three-boy crew and have no plans for birthing anymore boys (or girls for that matter...but, oooh, little girls. I love them! ...I digress.)

BUT, this big announcement I hold in my heart is a whole lot like giving birth in many ways.

There's the hopes and dreams. The prayers and preparation. The anticipation for what this new life will look like, feel like, sound like. How he will change you; how she will shape you. And amidst all the excitement and anticipation, maybe even a little longing that things would just stay the comfortable same, being scared of change.

That's how I felt before I birthed each of my boys.


And that's very much how I feel as I get ready to birth my new blog.

For the last four and a half years "Moments...from becky keife" has been my online home. In some seasons I have resided here regularly, putting my feet, my heart, my ponderings up on the proverbial sofa of frequent posts and poems. In other seasons my little corner of the Web has fallen quiet, collecting dust and cobwebs from isolation, under use.

But this past year has been an especially fond time for me here. I have loved inviting you into my beautiful mess, shining light on my amazing grace Jesus, and sorting through how it's all intertwined in the moments of my day and stirrings of my soul.

Things aren't fancy here in my green and blue blogspot abode. And yet it's been my home.

And though I love it here, know it here, have some of my sweetest memories and most painful moments stored here, I have to admit that sometimes we outgrow a home. Sometimes it's time to move and begin again.

It's that time for me.

God's been stirring this in my heart for almost a year, asking me to be patient. Trust Him. Wait.

(It feels so much like that year we were trying to get pregnant for the first time with Noah and not knowing why it took so long for this longed-for blessing to come along. It also feels a lot like that year we waited for a new home; five people busting out of our two-bedroom house seams, poor baby Jude having to nap in the bathroom.)

But by His sovereignty, the waiting is always for a purpose.   

In less than four weeks my waiting for a new online home will be over. 

I am over the moon excited to share it with you! To invite you into my new living room where we can share laughter and tears, ask tough questions and point each other to hope-filled answers. Together. I'm excited for this new space that will lend itself to easier interaction, deeper conversations. God has put things on my heart to say. But I so want to hear you back.

Things will probably get a little quiet around here in the in-between. That's what happens when you're nesting, preparing for new beginnings.

In the meantime will you consider joining me over at my new community Facebook page? This is where you'll be first to know when my new website goes live! And in the coming weeks I'll be sharing other makes-me-God-giddy announcements coming down the pike.

Click here to join me, won't you?

*     *     *

I'm four days late to the party, but I've been itching to write this post since Friday and share with Lisa-Jo Baker as she hosted her last Five Minute Friday with the word: begin.
Lisa-Jo, I have LOVED being part of your writing flash mob community. I understand how hard letting go of something so good can be. But I am excited to watch where God will lead you as you trust and make space for Him to begin a new work. 

I'm also linking up with two of my other favorite gals online, Jennifer Dukes Lee and Holley Gerth.


nannette elkins said...

Anxious to see your new place! Praying with you in the waiting...your neighbor today at Jennifer's!

Beth Stiff said...

Super exciting, Becky! I can't wait to see and meet you regulary in your new home. :)
I look forward to celebrating with you in real life!!!!

aly d. chase said...

Hi Becky, visiting from Holley's link up. Looks like I found you at a good time! Curious to see what you're up to and joined your facebook page so I can watch as you grow. I like your writing style. You and I have that "comfy couch talk" in common.

Susan Shipe said...

It's funny you express, "being comfortable in your blue & green space" - I, too, am doing a little remodeling in my online home. Looking forward to see your new digs! I am visiting from Holley's place today!

Damarise said...

Can't wait to see it. Congratulations

Maria {Shoots + Roots} said...

Oh yeay! It is so exciting starting a new blog. Cannot wait to see it! Your new baby! :)

AuthorGroupie said...

This is exciting news! What will you be writing about at your new space?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations as you await the arrival of your new online "home"--very exciting! (visiting from FMF)

BARBIE said...

I am so excited for you! Can't wait for the revealing!

Jennifer @ JenniferDukesLee.com said...

This is so exciting. I remember all these same feelings when I completely changed my blog several years ago. I took all kinds of screen shots and saved them on my computer, because I didn't want to forget. Do you know that you can transfer all your content over to your new blog? That way you just have a new look, and don't have to lose all the stories you've been telling here for so long. (It works even if you're moving from, say, blogspot to wordpress.)

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! I hope it all goes smoothly for you!

Loralee said...

How exciting!