Faith & Family2017…the Most Powerful Year Yet January 4, 2018Isn’t there just something that’s pure magic about the New Year? I love fall and Christmas with my whole heart, but as the holidays move to the rear view mirror and the clean slate of the New Year approaches, I get butterflies fluttering expectantly at what’s ahead. Each year, I spend the week after Christmas reflecting on all that happened that year. I go back and read journal entries from the previous year, I re-read blog posts, I remind myself of the girl I was when that current year ticked over. It’s always refreshing to see the changes that have occurred since those words were written. While time does seem to pass quicker and quicker, so much unfolds in a year. Each year in my adulthood has brought changes. I’ve left the old Lindsay behind and gone into the year ahead with new convictions, new goals, moving more toward the woman God is shaping me to be. But this year, wow. 2017, you blow away all the others. The first half of the year was filled with so, so, so many highs and big changes. We went from one baby… …to two, which made for some of the most joyous days I’ve had. You can read some of my favorite posts about this below: A Letter to My Son Dax’s Birth Story Part I Dax’s Birth Story Part II Dax’s Name Meaning I also made some changes where the blog is concerned. As I’ve shared this year, when we got married seven years ago, we were drowning in college debt. It felt hopeless, we saw no way out. And from that place of despair, God sent us on the most beautiful adventure…one so powerful only He could’ve written it. In many ways, this past year felt like the culmination of much of that adventure…one phase being closed and another opening. I shared The White Buffalo Story series in the spring. It’s something I’d felt called to share for awhile and with us selling The Buffalo Bungalow and God nailing our debt to the wall, it felt like the right time to do that. Sharing this felt dangerous. I knew it was moving the blog in the direction God was leading, but I also knew it would come at a cost. Getting more real with all of you, showing more and more heart and purpose behind the renovating and design was scary. It had become a necessity to me, but I also knew it wasn’t for everyone and people would be lost. But I did it and immediately, I was more proud of that than anything I’ve ever done for this blog. But what was beautiful and so unexpected was that it also resonated with y’all more than anything I’ve ever done. The amount of comments and e-mails that have come in from that top what I’ve received for anything else combined! When I finished it, I knew that God had used His story in our life to tap into something we were all clearly desperate for….REAL, PURPOSE, HEART, SIMPLE, INTENTIONAL LIVING…more than pretty. I felt more in tune with my purpose here than ever before after that. I knew I’d found my groove and was ready to move without apology, without fear in that bold, new direction. While this year felt like it was an end in some ways to the first part of our story, there is so, so much more to come. My vision for that series is to add new videos to it periodically as there are updates to share….and let me tell you…I have a feeling some major updates to that story are coming this year. I can’t wait to see what God does with the days that lie ahead. But because that’s been such a popular thing, really sums up the direction and heart of where we’re headed, and will be a series that continues, I’m working on creating a more prominent and permanent home for it. Soon, there’ll be a heading up top that links to them, so they are easily found as I make some much-needed blog updates this winter. Until then, I’ll link to them page on my sidebar. You can catch up on The White Buffalo Story if you missed it by clicking the button below (that’ll live on my sidebar after this post). As part of that developing story, we sold our last house, renovated, and moved into The Buffalo Stone Cottage, downsizing our living space by half…right after we added another baby. Crazy, I tell you. But when purpose calls for crazy, it’s always a good thing. Even if it’s hard. This was taken back in the spring when she became ours. So much has changed around here since then. I’ve revealed a few of my favorite spaces I’ve ever designed like the new living room: The one bathroom in this tiny house: And my favorite of all, the new collected kitchen: All of those developments alone make this such a huge year for our family! But it didn’t stop there. As y’all know, all of this change wore me down and brought a lot of emotional trials along with it. I shared about this journey and how I was feeling in a post a few months back. When you’re down is the prime time for lies to be fed and man, did they come. After doing the story series back in the spring and really processing what God had done and was doing through our family, our renovation journey, and this blog, I was on fire. For the first time, I felt so much clarity of where God wanted me to head, I was walking confidently in my God-given giftings and was so excited about continuing in that vein. And here’s the issue with that….that’s a powerful place to be. And I believe when Satan sees God about to do big things through His people, he tries his darndest to shut it down. And try he did. But y’all, God is good. And as I said above, His provision always exceeds His calling. I knew as I was sorting through and walking through dark, lie-filled days that out of struggle comes fruit. I had this deep assurance that God was doing something miraculous. I felt Him saying, you will come out not as the confident, joyful Lindsay of the spring, but stronger. It was a time of equipping. The last two months have been a bit of a spiritual whirlwind. Right after I wrote that post in early November about my struggles, God started showing up and smashing lies in a way I’ve never experienced, y’all. The closeness of Him and certainty of His message was palpable and He orchestrated encounters and events in ways that revealed only He could’ve sent that message. Tomorrow, I’m going to share a few of these incredibly powerful encounters with you. Because I believe with all my heart that He works in our lives, He brings us out of dark caves into fields of new shining light not for ourselves. But because that light is intended to be shared with others making His name famous, bringing Him glory, and bringing others hope. As a part of tomorrow’s post on how God really put a new me back together, I’ll share a glimpse at what’s ahead for The White Buffalo in 2018. Thanks for being here, friends! I hope you all had the merriest of Christmases and the happiest New Year. 2018 is going to be good.