Uprooting.

leaving is hard. even when you know that you’re going to do exactly what you’re meant to do, it’s still hard. We are in such a season of uprooting. Our days are filled with packing, making obscene amounts of lists, support raising & now saying goodbyes. I’ve already said three goodbyes and know that number will only continue to grow.

And if I’m being honest, this season of uprooting has left me an emotional wreck half the time. Which is pretty new for this girl that has often been described as “emotionless”, “heartless”, “the tin man”, etc. Some days are good and some are just so hard. Hard to think about big events we’ll be missing. Weddings. A very special birth. And hard to think that life will go on without us, but it will. And our lives will go on in India.

And in the midst of uprooting and what a hard season it is, The Lord is sovereign and so so good. We are continually blown away at His hands in our planning to move to India. From support raising (we only have $250 a month left to raise!) to knowing we have furniture ready for us in India, to having people helping with logistics and housing to having people her pouring into us to help equip us for life on the field. He is so good and it is very apparent that we are exactly where we are supposed to be.

And even on the hard days, we continue to rest in the truth and the knowledge that The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not want, he makes us lie down in green pastures, he leads us by still waters, He restores our souls, and He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. And that knowledge makes this season of uprooting, so much easier.

20130528-100736.jpg

Ecclesiastes 3

20130528-100913.jpg

I was able to go to Houston this weekend to see my brother, Jeb graduate from high school!

20130528-100924.jpg

All 4 of my siblings.

20130528-100934.jpg

I got my nose pierced last night! I’m India ready!

a big milestone.

ya’ll. preston lee king graduated from THE louisiana state university on Friday! For those of you who have been around for awhile, you know it’s been quite the challenge to get him to this point. let me break it down for you: eleven semesters, six years, four majors. and if there was a hoop to jump through at LSU to graduate, preston probably jumped through it (twice).

one of my favorite verses is Psalm 126:5. It says “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!”

we’ve sown in a lot of tears to get Preston to this point. when we thought he wouldn’t get financial aid. when we still had to pay out-of-state tuition despite both of us working in Louisiana. when his advisor called him to her office in September and told us that he’d been misadvised and would have to take classes next semester instead of graduating in December. when he had to change his major again because he could not find an internship. when he was ready to give up time after time. this list goes on & on. but the important thing is that Preston graduating is not only a huge milestone for us and a huge testament of his character and endurance and perseverance, it’s also a beautiful picture of the Lord’s faithfulness. There is nothing our God cannot accomplish and He does everything in His timing.

and on Friday, we got to reap the shouts of joy! {mine, especially}

support update: we have about $250 a month left to raise! and we leave for india in 78 days! Please let me know if you’re interested in supporting us or check out our Invest page.

20130520-174305.jpg

Preston reppin’ Varsity Sports underneath his cap & gown.

20130520-174315.jpg

a very special graduation day photo.

20130520-174327.jpg

we did it! graduation party

20130520-174337.jpg

C’s really do get degrees! ha

20130520-174437.jpg

Preston had his something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for graduation day.

20130520-174444.jpg

since i was an integral part of PK graduating, i got to graduate with him! Pinned to the top of his cap!

20130520-174451.jpg

love purple, live gold.

20130520-174456.jpg

They honored the spouses during graduation and Preston took this picture of me from the floor. it was a great moment.

life lessons from DaLee

I come from a very long line of strong, independent women. Including my dear momma, DaLee. She has been a steadfast example of godly wisdom, discernment and a Proverbs 31 woman my entire life. I’ve learned more about what it means to be a good wife from watching her for the past 23 years than I could ever read in a book. And the best part is that now I get to consider my mom as one of my best friends in addition to being my mom. There are so many things that she’s taught me that it’s hard to put them down in words, but I’m going to do my best to list the super important life lessons. (Or at least super important to me)

1. The world is a huge place and you should see as many parts of it as you can. My mom has planted the deepest love of travel in me. She’s taken me to California, Hawaii, New York City, Chicago, etc. She’s encouraged me to go to Mexico and India. She’s even totally on board with our moving to India! She’s taught me that there is so much in this world to experience and that it is important to experience it.

2. “It takes a village.” Okay, technically Hillary Rodham Clinton first coined this phrase, but this has been a huge life lesson over the years. My mom has taught me not only how to be a good friend and that “to have a friend, you have to be a friend.” She’s taught me that I am not an island. It takes community. It takes friends. It truly does take a village to do life. She made our {large} family very much like a village. She taught us very early on that we needed each other. And this has made a huge impact on how i lead my adult life.

3. The power of a praying wife. My mom is prayer warrior. Growing up, whenever I got up for school, she was always downstairs on the couch finishing her time with the Lord. She had usually been up for at least an hour. She knew that in order to get through the day and to raise 5 kids, she needed to rest in the Lord and that she needed to pray. This made more of an impact than she probably even knows.

4. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 This is my mom’s favorite Bible verse. And it rings so true with the way that she has raised all of us. She taught us very early on right from wrong, how to be good people, how to treat each other with respect, how to do practical things, how to be good roommates, etc. She empowered us and prepared us for adulthood. She didn’t do stuff for us, she taught us how to do things on our own.

5. Be intentional and love well. My mom is super intentional with all of us, my dad and her friends. She’s also a great gift giver which I think goes into being intentional. She loves people very well, from sending care packages at just the right time, to always being a phone call away when I’ve had a bad day, to checking in when she knows we’re having a rough week.

6. Being a submissive wife does not mean being a doormat. My mom is an amazing example of strength and she is also a great wife. She has modeled what it means to be a godly wife for me for my entire life. I’ve learned so much about godly submission from watching her act out being a wife to my dad.

7. The cure for a bad day (and a migraine) is probably Starbucks, a shower and a nap. 

8. Live every single day as if it were your last. My mom has inspired me to always make the most of every single day, because that is the way that she lives, always giving, always living life to the fullest.

I’m super thankful for all that my mom has taught me over the years and know that she still has so much to teach me. Happy Mother’s Day mommy dearest! I love you more than the sky.

SMP_0820 SMP_0836