HELLO BLOG WORLD! Man, I know it’s been forever... ugh! Pregnancy, moving, adjusting, changing, becoming... all those things seem to be real time stealers. But honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Our current situation: Right now we are living full time in our 34’ Airstream Excella 1000, we’re blessed to be living in beautiful California Wine County. No, not Napa, there is actually a lot more wine country in California, outside of the obvious. We are residing in Amador Country (I hadn’t heard of it before we moved either.) And we are loving the kind folks, the lush green farm land, and the temperate climate. Honestly, I cannot complain.
I am 8 months pregnant, entering into my 9th month! Crazy! If I have an early delivery, we may be parents to two under two in the next three weeks. Wild, huh? This pregnancy, although different than Sam Bam’s, has been graciously uneventful and pretty straight forward. I was able to travel well, with a toddler across the country, three weeks ago, and I didn’t die! Haha! I cannot complain.
Point of interest: So, I was debating about how much to share of our current situation, but I feel like for the past 12 months this blog has taken a large chunk of my time, which makes m feel like it’s important to talk about G&C’s future.
I started this blog as a creative outlet with mostly just fashion on the forefront of conversations. But as times change, as I change, as my family changes and develops, fashion is no longer a satisfying or fulfilling topic for me to share my heart. God has opened up incredible doors for the past five years of my life, while continuing to do so even now. Why, in a world full of hate, vanity, self-loathing/self-loving, chaos, and disaster, would I not share the beautiful handiwork of God that is His plan. Sure fashion is nice and lighthearted, but the world is so much broader. I really felt lead to talk fashion for the first 9 months of this blog, but now, God has surprised me and asked more of me than I initially expected.
I want to talk about the Path of God. I don’t mean that the path God has taken our family is the path He will take everyone, but I do mean that allowing God to write your life story is the most exciting, satisfying, and beautiful experience you will ever be allowed to have. Sure, dreams, goals, and five year plan do help satisfy our need for control. But let me ask you to think about what happens when those things don’t go according to plan?
There is the old saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Let me tell you, with God, I believe that is utterly untrue. I don’t mean that you just go with every whim and follow your wicked heart wherever it leads. But the saying I believe fits a Christian’s life a bit better is, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
If you are following the Lord, you may think you have that five year plan down pat! But it is God alone who can establish your steps! If He says, “go this way.” You better believe “this way” will be firmly established for you! “Your way”? Ehh, maybe not so firm!
For example, Omar and I have planned our ways when we knew God was opening the doors to marriage, and God established that. But getting to that point was only by the grace, favor, and handiwork of Jesus in our lives. Omar and I planned our ways when we chose to forgo birth control and allow God to plan our family. And God has so lovingly established us with one gift inside and one gift outside my womb, currently. Omar and I planned to leave Alabama and move to California, because God had established us to do so, and we couldn’t be more grateful for every door that has been opened for us!
But we never made a “plan”! In fact, when we moved to California every “plan” we had was set up by God without our help! We went because God said, “Yes.” And that was all the planning we needed.
For some of you, that may sound absolutely ridiculous, but let me remind you that even Jesus didn’t have a place to lay His head (Luke 9:58). A pretty big planning failure, huh? Following Jesus isn’t just rules laid out before you. It isn’t always clean and simple. Sometimes we get dirty, we get tired, we get overwhelmed! And that’s okay, because the God I serve cleans me up, gives me rest, and calms my storms. We don’t just flippantly go which ever way the wind carries us, we prayerfully consider every door, but we have chosen to surrender to the Will of God for our lives. Even in, what some would deam, “our crazy lives,” we are at peace because we’re following Jesus.
And this is just the beginning of our story. God has laid on both Omar’s heart and mine, that we need to share it. And how great is it, there is already a platform, namely, a little blog called Gold & Charm.
So over the next few months we plan on sharing more with you, for the encouragement of the Body of Christ, and for the glory of the great God we serve! Along with this will come some of the new doors we are walking through in such things as “ol’ faithful” aka fashion, plus food, health, and travel.
Welcome me to the new adventure! I love you all! Thanks for going with us.
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Golden State Livin'. Southern Charm. Jesus Lover. Wifey. Mommy. Style Enthusiast. Thrifter.
New York Native. Bama Life. Style/Beauty Consultant. Entrepreneur.