On Faith. And the Rain.

I've been holding out on you guys.
Big stuff is happening for our little family these days.
See, we put our house up for sale in October.
Our cute house that has been so lovely and cozy and perfect since Will and I got married.
And it's still lovely and cozy and perfect...
but, unfortunately, it's also grown a little too small for us (and all of Hudson's toys).

So since October, our life has been filled with a little more turmoil than I'm used to....
people coming to look means me constantly keeping this house sparkling clean.
Which you might imagine is quite difficult with a toddler.
We have to be ready to get up and get out, sometimes with only moment's notice, and then we have to find things to do to occupy our time.

We've gone for car-rides. We've gone to the park. We've gone to Daddy's work. We've gone just about everywhere in town.

One time, we had to get out of the house, in the rain.
The people showed up over an hour later than they had said they would be there.
Hudson got choked on a Chic-fil-a chicken-mini biscuit, and vomited all over himself and the car.
We had no change of clothes. 
Another time, in the rain,
Will had to come get our two huge "outside" dogs, and take them to work with him,
(since he's the VP he's allowed to do that sometimes. ha.)
because someone was coming to look at our house, and they were "deathly afraid" of dogs.
While he had them at work, one of them ran away.
Thank goodness, she came back.

My point is: since October, things around here have been less than ideal.
I've been extra stressed. 
I've felt a little bit like a live-in maid.
I've been a tad cranky.
I've been worrying about what will happen in the future.

(congrats if you're still reading this, by the way)
Yesterday, we got a phone call from someone who wanted to look at the house.
In the rain.
I scurried around, picking up, dusting, sweeping...telling Hudson to sit down on the couch because Mama had to clean, because someone was coming to look at our house. 
(Bless his heart, he really listens when I say someone's coming to look at our house.)
So he crawled up on the couch, with his dinosaur book,
and as I scurried around, I heard him talking as he flipped the pages:

"Dear Lord.
Thank you for this day.
Thank you baby's friends.
Somebody look at our house today.

And my heart absolutely melted. 
Into a big puddle, much like the ones that were forming outside our door.

One little moment has never taught me so much about FAITH and LOVE. 
So from now on....
I'm keeping my head up.
I'm having faith that God's timing won't let us down.
And even though I am hoping and praying and wishing that someone will buy our house SOON,
I truly believe that it will happen at exactly the time that He has planned.

So yesterday, in the rain,
we ate lunch and stomped puddles and read books about snow in the lovely public library.
And we laughed alot.


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Natasha said...

Awww, what a sweet little boy!
I hope your house will sell soon so that you can get on with "life"! When we moved 13hrs away from where we were, we couldn't sell our house...I stayed behind with a 6month old Vyla for 6 months! Finally we gave up on selling and just bought a cheaper house here...it was lonely being a single mom for that long...but in the end it all worked out!
With faith like that I'm sure it will :)

Andrea said...

So beautifully said. Kids often have insight that we don't, and have such a positive outlook on life. You have an amazing son, and you are an amazing mama for letting him teach you. Praying your house sells! xoxo

Brianna said...

Good luck to home searching and selling! :) Little Hudson is sooo adorable!

What kind of camera do you have? :)

Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

This was beautiful. Leave it to Hudson to show life who's boss :)

Emma Frances said...

That is the sweetest prayer I have ever heard! What a sweet boy you have! :] And I love these pictures of him. He is adorable!

Rainman said...

Great Pictures Swoop, I have been so impreased at the job you have done around our house. It is always clean which I know is hard to do with Hudson right behind you. When you told me about Hudson saying his little prayer I was so proud seeing how that is the way we start his bedtime prayer each night. Looks like ya'll have had fun on most of your get out of the house quick trips.

LOVE YOU my little maid!!! HAHA

Courtney B said...

What a sweet little boy that Hudson is! I want one just like him :)
I can totally relate to your stress, except that we had to find someone to take over our contract instead of buying our home. It IS a pain to keep the house sparkling clean all the time, and I don't even have a little one!
But God is looking over your sweet little family. And everything will work out just perfectly! I'm excited for you guys to get a new home! I'll be praying for you, Ashley!

jeannie said...

Ashley you have the right attitude about selling your house. When the time is right it will sell. Keep praying about it.

Hudson is so adorable in these pictures. I just want to squeeze him. Sweet boy.

Gwiddle said...

I hear you girl! That sucks. I am kind of in the process of the same thing. My house is being torn down and I have to move. Problem is I don't know when. They said as soon as two weeks, or as long as 4... I just found out a week ago that the house was being torn down. It is so stressful to find a place that is close enough to either my work or Aarons school/work because we only have one car. AND that allows dogs. Utah sucks for finding housing approved for animals.. ON the plus side, my dad owns the property and is going to be rebuilding a new house in place of the old one. AND we get to rent it when it is done:) That also poses a problem though because the contracters have promised to have it built in 6 months, and this guy is way reliable. So I have to find a short term place as well as all of those other things.. Sorry to bother you will my stupid thoughts. haha. I hope that everything works out great, and you get a buyer soon! OH and I was so sad to hear Hudson barf/choked on a chicken biscuit. That suckkkks! Have a good weekend pretty girl!

My Journey With Candida said...

Good luck to you selling your house. My Hubs is Catholic and when we had a house for sale, we were told to bury a statue of St Joseph upside down right near the house. Believe it or not, it worked.

When my sister heard this, she borrowed our St Joseph and buried him at her house. It sold....

LOL.... don't know if it will work for you, but hey.... I will try anything sometimes.

Haley K said...

I've never had to sell a home...but I've heard it is one of the most stressful things! And with a toddler, even as cute and sweet as Hudson, that kicks it up a notch ;) Your faith in the Lord is beautiful. And you're right, His timing will all work out and your sweet family will be taken care of Ashley, I know it. Do you guys have your eye on another specific home? What exciting, bitter-sweet changes! :)

And can I just say that you never cease to amaze me...even with not-so-good-happenings (Hudson's car accident, and having a dog run away, and come home thankfully!) you still have such a positive outlook on it all. And on all of your little, spontaneous outings with Hudson while those people checked out your home, you captured beautiful photos that I'm sure you treasure...that close up of Hudson is to die for :)

Happy Weekend friend! hugs!


PS - you are incredibly gorgeous in that ball cap. makes me want to put one on for my errand run today! :)

Gentri said...

Oh Ashley! This post is beautiful. I'm sorry that things have been tough. Thank goodness for those perfect little ones that can remind us of the important things, right? :) Hudson sure is a sweety.

Anonymous said...

Oh goodness, you are going through alot =( I can imagine how you feel.. trying to rush around cleaning while keeping a toddler happy and trying to get out of the house. You are super mom girly!

Isn't it amazing how such little ones can teach us about faith and God? Hudson is looking so grown up these days... =(

Praying your house sells soon!

bird and tree said...

that is so precious...those kiddos of ours can melt us like no other! So happy you had that experience!! Good luck with your house sale!

Judy said...

Selling a home is never easy! But I'm sure having such an adorable (and well-dressed, well-mannered) little boy to go on adventures with kind of makes it a smidgen easier! Good luck!!!

Melanie said...

Awww... this melted my heart so. You are raising such a good little man there, mama! Those sweet moments are really just the best!

OMgosh, btw... Hudson is one stylin ADSORBALE lil dude! He's a catch... beautiful inside & out. Cheesy but true. Lol.


Faith said...

your pictures are beautiful. and wow to Hudson. God used Hudson to let you know that everything is going to be just fine. :)

Katie said...

what a precious little boy. Isn't it crazy how little kids can be so wise? Sometimes it makes me feel guilty that I can't think like that! You should feel so proud for the way you are raising your son!

misc.alaina said...

Way to make the best of the situation! Such great photos, and looks like such a fun time!! Hoping your house sells when the time comes, and you can move on to your next dream home!

Oh, and I thought about you the other night when Florence and the Billy Reid store were featured on "It's a Brad, Brad World". It is such a pretty town!!

Liz said...

Oh wow... how perfect.
Kids are that way, sometimes...

jessica said...

That is the sweetest story. Children's hearts can remind us of so many things that we forget. I'm so sorry that you've been having a rough few months, but I'm sure it will all be worth it! HE has great plans for you! :)

Charissa Steyn said...

Love this post...amazing how much we can learn from little people :) Especially about faith!

Meredith said...

awh, this is so sweet & touching.
i hope things start brightening up for you :)

Mariel Torres said...

A child's prayer is one of the most moving and powerful things... no matter how simple it is. Wow Ash, I'll make sure to keep you and your family in my prayers. All is under His control darling :)

Kira said...

When we were selling our house we got so tired of going random places when people are really only in the house for 30 minutes or less. Plus, we were kind of curious I guess in who was viewing it. So, we parked in a parking lot across the street and waited for them to leave. Yes, we totally watched them walk into our house and walk out so we would know when to go back. We would also discuss whether we thought they looked like people who would like our house. Yeah, it's kind of creepy now that I think about it.

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

oh that darling face of his and how badly i wanna smoosh his cheeks up! honestly Ash, Hudson's eyes, in the closeup shot, are like deep pools of knowing. they reflect out a old soul quality, guess it's the 1st time i've really paid attention to not only his adorability but his depth too.

you certainly have been going through some really BIG changes love. and all the challenges that seem to be happening right along with them would put any fine woman's resolve to the test. you've surmounted the odds and are going strong, i have no doubt you'll make it through the rest of the way!!

yah to puddle stomps as a stress reliever and to the beautiful house angels knowing when to lend you a helping hand and make this sale happen already. xo ♥

aniamaria said...

awww...! your son is so super-cute
lovely! ^^

jennifer blair said...

That is so sweet. I really hope it sells soon! I remember when my parents sold when I was in school. Ah, it was so bad. I hated that we had to keep things perfect all the time.

Mrs. T said...

beautiful girl. God is so good to us!

Samantha said...

love the picture! your son is beautiful!

O'Melly said...

This warmed my heart. Thanks to you and Hudson for the reminder to keep the faith! <3

Meri said...

We used to have showings when our duplex (that we rented) was for sale, and we had a lot of fun "killing time" in the neighborhood :)

Amanda said...

Yes, I read the whole thing. And yes, my heart was bursting with joy at Hudson's prayer. So sweet, so touching, and such a great reflection of how you're a wonderful mom to him!

Cindy P said...

Love you Ashley!

These pictures are so beautiful, friend. And I'll be praying for your house to sell. We haven't had to go through that yet (we've yet to buy a house) but I can imagine how stressful it must be. I'll pray for God's perfect timing!

Virginie's Cinema said...

Aw my, Hudson is so smart, intellectually and spiritually, completely melts my heart.

I'm sending you a lot of positives vibes in this challenge my friend, I hope your house sells very soon and your heart is free from this worry. Moving is both exciting and nerve wrecking! But yes fait & love sure keep us strong, thank you for reminding us :)

Virginie ♥

his_girl_friday said...

Handsome boy!

Megan said...

Aww! Kids really do say the sweetest things that make us stop and think. I love it. Good luck with the selling of y'alls house.

Annie said...

Such a lovely little story - and he is just the CUTEST! Fingers crossed for you & selling the house :)

The Other Side of Gray

Shalyn said...

This made me teary-eyed. What a sweet, sweet little boy. I hope that everything works out with the house soon enough!

Chelsea said...

Loved this story- what a sweet reminder of God's goodness! Prayers that your house gets sold soon!