The Adventure Begins | Moving from Oklahoma to Colorado


The adventure begins...

Are we crazy? Who would’ve ever thought that we’d be moving to Colorado, right? But we are, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Thrilled that my hair won’t have to live in a humidified environment anymore. Can all the ladies with naturally curly hair give a shout out? Thrilled to watch my baby girl thrive in a public school. Thrilled to meet more people in this crazy beautiful world we live in. Thrilled to learn from others and grow. Just thrilled. You think I’m being sarcastic, but I’m really not.

Oh. Don’t get me wrong. I’m also EXTREMELY sad. No, really. There’s tons of sadness going on in my heart. Oklahoma is my true home. I was born and raised here.

It’s where I met the one whom my soul loves.

It’s where the mother inside of me was born. It’s where I  learned that there is a love that is inseparable and unconditional in the eyes of my two girls.

After we moved to Texas for a couple of years and came back, the people who God flooded our lives with were truly, TRULY a life-source for us. Not only is Oklahoma our home, it is the place where we found life.

Oklahoma is the place where we found our healing.

So, to leave it?  Well…, it’s just kind of crazy. Honestly I’ve always been one to be pretty flexible when it comes to change. Change isn’t a problem for me. I think that it’s one of my strengths.

The thing is, I don’t know what life will look like a year from now.

I. Just. Don’t. Know.

But this I DO know: God’s got it.

I’ve got this Shannon.

I know you do, Lord. I know that you do…

And that’s that. Here’s another thing. God never promised us that we’d have it easy in this life.  But- he DID promise us that He’d always be there.God never promised an easy life-He did promise that He'd be with us every single step of the way. Click To Tweet

Let’s just be real. I could easily live with a heart full of fear right now. Fear that Averee will turn to the dark side (star wars fans will get this) in a public school in Colorado. That she will befriend the wrong kind of friends. Fear that John and I will grow apart.  Fear that Alex will be hundreds of miles away from me and she won’t get adjusted easily to college life. Fear that we won’t get rooted or grounded in our community and church.

Just FEAR.

But- I’ve been there and done that. And I’m not going back there, that’s for sure!

So, I choose to believe that God’s got this. And I know that he does. Believing Him is a CHOICE.Believing Jesus is a CHOICE. Click To Tweet

I get that you believe IN Him. But do you believe Him?? Do you believe that he will do what He says He is going to do??

God WILL BE God, whether we’re in Oklahoma or Colorado. God will be with Averee in Colorado just like He is with her here in Oklahoma. He’ll be the God of our marriage…NO MATTER WHERE WE LIVE. He’ll be the God that resides in Alex’s heart while we’re in Colorado as she remains in Oklahoma.

God is GOD! And who am I to question Him!?

We put our house up on the market a couple of weeks ago and plan to move in July. We want to get settled in before Averee starts school in August and also so that Alex can have a little bit of time in Colorado before going back to Oklahoma for college. Honestly it couldn’t be the worst time! The next couple months are going to be a whirlwind of activities for our family. Not only are we preparing for our big move, my best friend is getting married in April, and in May we will celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary and Alex’s high school graduation. So I have bridal parties, anniversary parties and graduation parties to plan. Also in June, me and John will celebrate 25 years together.

I’m not whining.

Ok. Maybe I’m whining a little bit.

Even so, I’m taking one day at a time.

What an adventure. I’m loving it. I know that beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has gone before us. He has prepared the way. God started preparing the way for us long before we even asked.  I will go before you and make the rough places smooth. Isaiah 45:2 Click To Tweet

Moving to Colorado is a bit symbolic for us. We’ve sort of been in the valley for the last several years. But- it’s in the valley where we grow. It’s in the valley where God molds and sculpts our character.  Sometimes you have to fall from the mountain to see what it is in this world that you’re climbing for.

I see blue skies.

Beautiful, clear blue skies. Sometimes you have to fall from the mountain to see what you're climbing for. Click To Tweet

Sometimes you have to fall from the mountain to see what it is you're climbing for...

I don’t know where you’re at, but if you’re in a valley can I just urge you to hang on? Your adventure awaits. I’m not saying the adventure will be easy. It might even get a little bumpy. Hang on, my dear friend…hang on and let God mold you. Let Him sculpt you.

Let Him.


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  1. Erica says:

    Awesome! Blessings to you and your family on your move. May it be everything good that you expect it to be.

  2. Diane Turner says:

    Shannon, may you grow and see Him in ways you haven’t until now. May He prepare you and yours, protect and provide for them each. I know He will! Look forward to enjoying the journey with you. And remember that too, “just enjoy the journey” … Diane xx

    • Shannon says:

      Diane- you are such a gem! Thank you so much! Your encouragement means the world to me! I will enjoy the journey! xoShannon

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