The Big Move Announcement (our quasi Abraham adventure)

Since November we’ve had a for-sale sign in our yard.  I’d give it a glance every time I pulled in or out of our driveway, when I got the mail or when we played in Noelle’s room with the windows open.

I wondered just exactly when the right person would drive by it, had they done so already?  What did they think or our home from the outside?  They couldn’t possibly know it’s potential like I do, all the memories and warmth we’ve cultivated so carefully.

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For the past 4 months we’ve been waiting for the right person drove past that sign, because when they did everything would change. Our time in Oklahoma would draw to a close and our journey back to Michigan would begin.

And last week it happened, someone bought our house.

Yes, that’s right, after an almost 6 year stint living in both Kentucky and Oklahoma, the Penny family is finally returning to West Michigan.  We close on our house on May 8 and we will likely move the weekend before.

So, deep breath, because I know you have questions, so do I for that matter.

1) Where will we live?  We will not be buying a house right away, we will be renting while we figure things out.  We don’t know exactly what part of West Michigan we will plant roots in for the long term.  I’d like to dig into Holland and never let go… but our prospects may be pointing us closer to Grand Rapids proper, who knows!

2) Does Kel (or I) have a job?  Shouldn’t we start with that?  At first we thought that would be the way to go and we sent off resumés galore.  That didn’t pan out and we began to realize that we could work anywhere and pay bills for a while (deliver pizzas and work retail if needed) but we couldn’t pay for 2 houses.  So we prayed about it and decided that the sale of the house would be the moving point.

As far as whether or not we have jobs at this point, technically… no but there are a lot of exciting prospects for us and we have a feeling that good things may be just around the corner.  Sometimes it’s very hard to justify this move financially, logically, but we know that God’s leading on this and that he will show up.

Sometimes I falter, often I freak out, the unknowns are many but the excitement is huge.

3) Why West Michigan? It feels like home and it’s where a large majority of our family is, and Kel is family to them as well.  Even though Oklahoma is technically home for him, he feels quite happy and at home in Michigan and lived there for over two years while we were dating.

I’m one of 25 first cousins between both sides of the family and over 90% of them all still reside in the West Michigan area, and we miss them.  I’ve also kept in contact with many friends from college that are as good as family as well.

Also… All these reasons too.

Michigan CollageSo we know it will be West Michigan and we know it will be early May, other than that we are praying, wondering and working out all the details.

I’ve been told by a dozen people that we’re like modern day Abraham, we believe God is calling us to go somewhere and we’re following his lead with all the details.  It’s true that our move is a God-led leap of faith, but you have to understand we aren’t going somewhere unknown where we know no one.

I’m not sure we deserve Abraham level credit.

We’re going home, and all four of us right down to 2 year old Caedmon, feel this way, Michigan is where we belong.  

So, all that being said, if you would like to employ a member of the Penny family please let us know.  Kel and I have a myriad of skills from writing to pastoring to rolling enchiladas.

Caedmon is available for baby modeling and Noelle will gladly do the music at your next special gathering.  She’s very talented in singing Gagnam Style like a kitty and you can pay her in strawberries.

So, guess what guys?  We’ve moving 1,000 miles and so many things are about to change.  Whoa.  Crazy, eh?

  • Carol Hochhalter

    So happy for you! May God continue to open doors and guide each step of the way!

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      I second this prayer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/theule Chris Theule-VanDam

    Love the reality and the process!
    I didn’t see my picture in there, but I guess that’s OK :)
    Theule

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      I dont’ have a pic of you! Let’s fix that when we move, shall we?

  • http://twitter.com/AnneBogel Anne Bogel

    Happy for you! And cracking up at this: “if you would like to employ a member of the Penny family please let us know.”

    Smiling big and wishing you all the best.

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thanks lovely friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.tiger Heather Tiger

    Oh dear friends!!! So very happy for you all, even as I sit here, weepy, as I read and respond. I know how bone deep your joy is at moving home and I admire your faith in this endeavor. I am sad that we won’t be in the same state anymore, even if we haven’t gotten together as often as we had hoped. I suppose the Tigers will just have to wander on up to Michigan and go apple picking one day in the not too distant future. We will be praying fervently for you four and know God has something amazing in store for and through you shiny Pennys! Blessings as you journey home.

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thank you! The Tigers will always be welcome for a visit to Michigan!

  • http://twitter.com/Vaderalman Mark Allman

    ” the unknowns are many but the excitement is huge” Leanne should we not approach all of life this way? Most all is unknown really and we should be excited about where God will take our journey. I wish you, Kel, and your family to best. As I tell my kids as they go into the unknown….. Relish the Journey!