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Today we officially sold our home in Lexington. Not sure whether to cheer or let out that deep breath I’ve been holding. But either way, I’m grateful.

Thanks to the large group of you who prayed about this for and with us.

Although it didn’t happen as fast as we might have liked, I think God’s timing is going to prove to be perfect.

We really appreciate Jess Stephan‘s willingness to impersonate us at closing and forge our names- via a legal, limited, power of attorney- of course.

And we can’t forget Bryan Carter’s real estate wizardry which enabled him to sell our home after only 2 days of listing it. Thanks for making this hassle free for us B! If you live in Lexington and need a realtor- holler at my boy.

Look for a post in the next couple of days on Raleigh house developments.


Last weekend four of our friends from Lexington made the trek to Raleigh to hang out with us. That sentence probably isn’t descriptive enough. Our friends left Lexington around 10pm on Friday and drove straight through to NC. They were in town less than 36 hours and had to bunk in a hotel because our apartment was full up. We savored each moment we had with them. They made us feel loved. As we said goodbye, I had this sense that my friends had done for me what that Barnabas guy in the Bible did for the folks around him.

But that wasn’t the best part. The best part was that seeing our old friends head home didn’t leave us homesick. We really are loving our new church community and feel lucky that so many people have embraced us so warmly. Just last night Jen was out for the first time with a lady I knew she’d hit it off with. They went to dinner around 6:30pm and came back around midnight. Tonight she’s out to coffee with another gal who is so sweet and down to earth. Today I had lunch with a great family who has been as hospitable to me as anyone I’ve ever known. (Of course, feeding me enchiladas with tomatillo sauce is an easy way to my heart.)

Our old friends don’t leave us homesick. Our new friends aren’t “replacing” our old ones.

We truly are blessed on both sides.

Jen and I have had the privilege of living in some pretty great cities during our adult lives. Every time we’ve moved, there have been things about our old place that we’ve missed and things about our new place that helped make up for the missing.

Although there’s plenty to like about both Lexington (our last home) and Raleigh (our new home), the weather in our new town is a bit more attractive today:

Lexington- High of 38 with rain and potential for snow and ice

Raleigh- High of 58 with the chance of a random shower

And did I mention that this will be one of our coldest days this week? Or that we were in the 60’s and 70’s last week?

If I get some time, I’ll put together a post on some of the other losses/gains in this move.

And whether you are reading this in Lexington or Raleigh (or elsewhere), know that we appreciate your friendship, support and prayers.