Welcome to Mississippi!

So, we made it to Mississippi! After many many many days of traveling and many many many miles in the air and on the road we are finally “HOME”! I really feel like THIS is where we are supposed to be.  The people here have been so incredibly nice to our family and have welcomed us with open arms.  It makes this transition so much easier!

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you know there were some issues with our house when we arrived.  While we were on the road from Texas to Mississippi on Sunday, our next door neighbor texted us to see if it was OK for him to stop by and drop some things off. (Our neighbors and other members of our new church joined together to furnish our home with things for us to borrow until OUR things arrive from Hawaii! Our shipment was pushed back almost 3 weeks – so we were coming home to an empty house.  SO THANKFUL FOR SUCH WONDERFUL PEOPLE!).  A few moments later, he mentioned that he was going to clean and set some things up.. and wanted to know if that was OK.  I saw the world “clean” and my heart dropped a little bit.  Why did he need to clean? It was supposed to have been CLEAN after the current tenants moved out.  IT WAS NOT.. and it was DIRTY.  Without hesitation, our neighbors and those same wonderful people who loaned us household goods rallied together to clean our house and make it ready for us to come home that night.  We arrived home to a full welcome wagon. We were absolutely BLOWN AWAY.  People we had only met one time and many people we had never met before did that FOR US.  We felt so humbled, thankful, and so welcomed to Mississippi.  

I just couldn’t help but think of what it would have been like without them – we would have gotten home at 10PM to a dark, dirty, and empty house after driving for 2 days.  SO THANKFUL that’s not our story of arriving in Mississippi!

We are slowly settling into life here! I cooked dinner for the first time last night.  It was nice to have a home cooked meal, but I felt like I was clueless about cooking! ha! I guess 2 months without cooking will do that to you!  We went to the store and stocked up on groceries and I can cook every night for the rest of the month.  We are trying to establish some routines for the kids, especially since school starts less than a week after our belongings arrive! The kids LOVE our next door neighbors kids – that makes me so happy that they have sweet friends right next door! Shelby has already started on cleaning up our yard and area around the house.  It was really overgrown and neglected, and it already looks TONS better.  I can’t wait to make this house OUR HOME and make it something we can be proud of! (WE ARE RENTING this house – and yes, we probably care more about our home than most renters do about their homes.. but that’s just the way we are!) 

I have more to say, but right now I’m sitting at Starbucks borrowing their internet since we don’t have any at our house yet.  haha.  I need to get home soon and start some things around the house and get dinner going before church tonight! We are excited to visit our church for the first time – I’m so ready to make new friendships here! 

There are lots of fun things running around in my head – mainly about decorating the house.  I will post more on that later!

And I’m STILL looking for a job – I feel a little down about it, but I know God will provide! I’m finding out it’s REALLY hard to get a job in this town if you don’t know anyone…. and well, I don’t know anyone! 

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!  I will be back soon! :)

Fellowship Friday : A Devotional

Happy FELLOWSHIP FRIDAY! I guess you can tell that FF took a little break during the move and all the travels we have been doing, but I’m going to try my BEST to start it back up even though we aren’t quite home yet.  FELLOWSHIP FRIDAY

Lately I’ve been posting excerpts on my Facebook and Instagram of a daily devotional that I’ve been reading.  I’ve gotten quite a few questions about it so I thought it would be a GREAT topic for today’s Fellowship Friday!JESUS CALLING : Our Nesting Place Blog - Fellowship Friday

The devotional is called Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence and it’s written by Sarah Young.  This devotional has been simply wonderful for me.  It seems like no matter what I’m going through, the inner struggles or thoughts I’m having, good things AND bad things – this SPEAKS to me! God is really awesome like that!  I pray every day, and sometimes I can feel God speaking to me.. sometimes I can’t.  THEN – I go read my devotional and there it is.. He is speaking to me.  

This book is available in so many different formats and is applicable to so many different people.  I use my Kindle app on my iPhone or my iPad, and I’m able to read the ebook version that way.  I like that I can use it on the go, and it’s on my phone too – so I can read it at any time and any place when I need to!  I often re-read my daily devotional throughout the day if I need a reminder or a pick-me-up.  

I haven’t checked out any of the other “issues” of this devotional, but I sure would like to! Here are some of the other options available to us!  You should be able to click on the image of each book and be directed to a place to read more about it!

This is a children’s version! I would really love to get this for my kids!

This is a devotional journal as well as the devotional itself!

This is another journal + devotional in one – I love that!

There is a Jesus Calling Teen Edition that I am certain would have been wonderful during my teen years!

This is an adorable Jesus Calling Storybook

This book is the sequel to Jesus Calling and it’s called Jesus Today – has anyone read this? I’m excited to check it out for myself!

I was amazed at all the different options for this book once I started looking.  I hope that YOU are able to find a copy of this devotional that is a great fit for you.  I know it’s been so wonderful for me!

I’d love to hear about any other wonderful devotionals you might be reading right now!  I’m always looking for things like that to put on my “read this next” list.  Please share below so that I can check them out as well!

Our Kind of “Date Night”

Today Shelby and I went on a date – the kind of date we haven’t been on in over 5 years! We went on a golf date. ;) Our Nesting Place Blog : Golf Date

We picked the absolutely most PERFECT day – it was COOL and beautiful outside.  We were the only ones on the back 9 of the course (There was a large group heading out on # 1, so they let us cut to the back 9).  We couldn’t have asked for a better time!


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The course and clubhouse were perfect – I wish we could pick this course up and take it with us! My favorite part was the old chimney in the middle of this green!

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And bails of hay! ha!

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VERY thankful to “Paw-Daddy & Maw” for watching our little ones so we could spend this morning together! It felt like old times!

Happy July!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little happy that July is here! July means we get to settle down in Starkville in our new HOME.  July means we get to finally start our life that we have been waiting for and planning for months.  I am so excited and so nervous all at the same time!

In 2 weeks I will be waking up in our home in Starkville, probably stressing about movers and unpacking everything and all the other first world problems people encounter when moving in.  Hopefully I’m able to find my Keurig first thing so that I can have something to pump me up and get me going..haha.

In true Miranda fashion, I’m already jotting down color schemes and creating numerous Pinterest boards for every single room in our house.  I’m so excited to make this place our home! The house has so much wonderful potential and is absolutely beautiful on the inside … I’m really looking forward to decorating and adding fun little touches throughout the house.   We have never really had a “theme” in our home, except for the kitchen (coffee theme.. I bet you’re really surprised!).  I want our house to feel bright and happy and comfortable.  It may take me a year, but I plan on having a theme throughout to reflect that! 

I still haven’t found a job, and I’m sure I have said somewhere before that I’m not going to worry about it.. God will provide.  I haven’t been following that plan (allowing GOD to take care of it) like I should, so hopefully this month I can do better about that.  This morning I woke up and I don’t feel as nervous about it as I have been these past couple weeks.  God knows our financial needs, He knows my desires in a future job, He knows where I need to be and the people I need to be surrounded by … He’s got this! In the meantime, I will be praying for DIRECTION – asking where to look to find the job He has lined up for me! No need wasting my time, energy, and sanity on something that’s not His will! :)

I truly hope everyone has a fantastic week this week! It’s always nice to start a new month .. I like new beginnings! We get to start over on some things if we want to.  New month = new possibilities and opportunities!  I hope you’re able to make some positive things happen this month for yourself!