Monday

Big Announcement: We're On the Move.

   The past couple of weeks have been a complete whirlwind. At the end of February, we decided that we are moving to Kansas City on May 1st. Some close friends of ours are starting a church plant in Lee's Summit, and Josh is going to be the main worship leader. I've honestly been a complete mix of emotions; excited, nervous, joyful, sad, anxious, etc. It's really a different feeling each day as the move gets closer and closer. Josh and I were born and raised here in Springfield, and as much as I joke about how I can't wait to get out of this place, when the day has finally come I've realized just how attached I really am. Both of our families live here, along with our nieces and nephew, whom we are dearly attached to. I've had one of the greatest experiences and opportunities of my life working for Elsie and Emma for ABM, and when I had to tell them I was moving I cried and cried... and cried. (It was extremely unattractive). And then my friends. Oh how I will miss my sweet friends. I feel so blessed to feel like we have a huge family of close, genuine friends. Though I know we will stay in contact and visit frequently, the relationships are bound to change shape in some way, and I have to be okay with that. Over just the last few short weeks, I've really learned how to trust in God and learn to be okay with not being in control. This whole move is completely unknown, and though we've seen God confirm in a multitude of ways that this in fact the right decision, there is still so much that's going to take place that we really have no control over. I can honestly say this move to Kansas City, though it hasn't even happened yet, has changed me as a person in such a powerful way. Seeing it strengthen my marriage, friendships, and relationship with Christ. Shifting paradigms and priorities for the better.  

  We are so very excited to be starting this new adventure in Kansas City. We are anxious and hopeful to see how this move effects and grows our business. We are especially excited to see all that God is going to do through the church and the lives that are going to be changed. We are thankful to have already met some wonderful new friends before we even make the move and can't wait to see who else we will cross paths with down the road. 

   As I'm writing this post, I can't help but think of how thankful I am for all of my sweet blog readers, too. Knowing thousands and thousands of readers visit SK each day is humbling and encouraging to say the least. I've high hopes for where SK is headed as we have a lot of new ideas in store for the future. Thank you for thoughts and prayers during such an exciting time of change in our lives. You guys are just wonderful. 

63 comments:

  1. So excited for you both and even more excited to see how God works through this move. Being obedient isn't always easy but it is always worth it! You both are inspiring and it is a honor to know you both!

    -Käte (almost Riley) ;)

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  2. how exciting!! i am feeling a lot of the same things right now, as we are moving from my home town in michigan all the way to portland, OR this summer for a faculty position my hubby got at PSU. it is so reassuring having had so much confirmation that it's where we're supposed to be and though there is so much uncertainty, there is also so much hope; God has amazing things in store for all of us as we embark on our new adventures. way to trust Him!!

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  3. I am about to embark on a big move myself so I can definitely relate to your mixed emotions!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  4. such a sweet post. I wish the best for you guys on your journey and really hope you enjoy your new home (when you get there). good luck!

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  5. Oh Kinsey this is so exciting! But definitely scary and new and unknown! What a wonderful adventure God has in store for you..I know that His plans are good, and wonderful, and I can't wait to see where He leads you both!

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  6. i am over the moon excited for you!!!! oh my. this is big. im so proud of your trust in spirit. ive had a huge decision of moving myself (only 20 minutes away) and i cant bring myself to make the leap yet. thank you for your courage. im so excited to see where this path takes you. eeekkk, just excited for you!

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  7. Hi Kinsey!

    So excited to hear you're moving to the good ol' Midwest! A "get-to-know-you-Midwest-blogger-mixer" should probably definitely be in order. :)

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    1. I completely agree! I just started blogging in St. Louis and I would love to meet some of the fabulous Springfield and KC bloggers! Keep me posted if there is a get together I love a road trip to KC :)
      Katie.Elizabeth.Burke@gmail.com :)

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  8. Such a wonderful post! This sounds like a great adventure. I am constantly learning this lesson as well and as we are on the move too (but in a slightly different way) my relationship with G-d is growing and I'm so grateful for that! How exciting for you guys :)

    xx
    MacK @ SoulMakes Blog

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  9. Being part of a church plant is going to be one of the most amazing things you will ever do. My husband and I are part of a church plant that is now three years old and we have seen God do some amazing things in the lives of others and our own. I will be praying for your transition, for God to give you a huge heart for His people and an increase of faith.

    And plus, I think Kansas City is filled with tons of fountains that are legal to jump in :)

    Thanks for sharing your heart. Creative things are wonderful to read about, but hearing about God's grace is the most exciting.

    Joanna
    wearebeholden.blospot.com

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  10. Kinsey,

    I will keep you in my prayers as you embark upon this ADVENTURE!!! What a blessing though that you feel God calling you to serve Him in such a wonderful way!!

    This was such a heartfelt post and I can't wait to see what God has in store for you!!!

    ~Kat

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  11. SWEET! Born and raised in good ole LS. What church??

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  12. ah, i loved reading this post. i feel as though i will have these exact feelings when i graduate school and take part on my own journey into a new city. you will have a grand time, i believe, in kansas city. i am a currently in kansas city myself (and actually raised in lee's summit!). i can't wait to see how you document your life here!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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  13. I've been reading your blog for months now and I really admire the sensibility and fineness that emanate from your universe. Today I just write you this message to tell you how beautiful your blog is. I'm not quite a believer but some of your messages or pict make me reflect about some questions and I'd like to thank your for this.

    This is a wonderful opportunity that's happening in your life and I'm sure you'll both have potential to go through this new step with success. My boyfriend and I are starting a project of communication agency and I'm discovering how much trust and mutual aid are important for us in such moment. Just believing in each other.

    Really looking forward to see all the sweet things that are gonna happen to you :)

    Oh and sorry for my english, I'm swiss :)

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  14. Moving is so stressful AND exciting. Good luck with everything, I hope the transition goes as smoothly as possible! Just found your blog and I'm a new fan :)

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  15. So excited for you, my best wishes to you during this time!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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  16. Very exciting news! Wishing you a smooth transition!

    Megan

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  17. Bless you and your husband! Right in the very center of what God is doing is always the best place to be- I believe you will come alive even more than you already are and that's so exciting!! I've so so been there.... be brave and go gently.... Thank you for your blog- you are so encouraging....

    xoxo!

    e

    www.elizabethselena.wordpress.com
    sage&scarlet

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  18. so very excited for you. sounds like an incredible adventure for the two of you! :)

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  19. Kansas City is amazing. I'm so excited to see what happens with you guys there! Best of luck in this Church plant, it will be exhilarating and hard all at the same time. Praying for you all!

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  20. I wish you guys all the best for your new life in Kansas!I`m looking forward to read more about all your new experciences!

    xoxo

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  21. Kansas City as in.. Missouri? Oh my goodness, I'm going to school down there! Maybe we'll run into eachother (:
    xo, Clare

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  22. I wish you all the best! :) So exciting, positive and optimistic was to read this post^^
    xx

    nancywilde.blogspot.com

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  23. I love the voice you have when you write! I will be praying for you both as God leads you though the ups and downs that are sure to come with this exciting change.

    Jess
    thewalkblog.com

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  24. That's so exciting! I can totally relate to the bittersweet feeling of leaving your hometown, though. I'll be praying for you guys as you transition!

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  25. Such exciting news! What is the name of your new church? I wish the best for you! Hopefully you will love kc! I have grown up here in KC and I am in love with my town :)

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  26. Wow, I didn't knew you were Christian and being a Christian myself, it sort of means alot to me when I realize one of my favorite bloggers is (or is it 'are'? English is not my main language..)! I'm so looking forward to read more about this great adventure! God bless!

    Anne J (A norwegian reader)

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  27. Kansas City is a great place! It is super sad to leave home, but you will have so much fun. My boyfriend and I are actually planning on moving out there as soon as we graduate! It has so much to offer.
    Are you going to be KC, MOs? or Kansans? (Kansans rule...:))
    Leah
    www.e-plus-l.blogspot.com

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  28. Make sure that you visit the Nelson Atkins museum! It's lovely :) if you're looking for a good place to volunteer, I would recommend City Union Mission homeless shelter. I personally have volunteered there from a young age and I love it.

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  29. Sounds like you are living a good story! All those scary things make for a rich life!!
    Take Care
    Jana

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  30. Good luck with your move, it must be hard to leave people behind but what an amazing opportunity! You'll do great :) xx

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  31. Oh Kinsey, this is so exciting...I know it must be scary for you, leaving everything behind, but just imagine how much is yet ahead for you to explore! My prayers are going out to you, dear girl!

    xx,
    Erika

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  32. i never realized how much i love my hometown until i moved away. good luck with your big move, it sounds so exciting for your family :)

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  33. I had no idea you were a Christian until this post, that may sound like a bad thing but it's just because I'd never read your about page!
    I really understand how you feel here, I'm nineteen and getting married in a year - which I know sounds insane - and I'm really having to trust God that it's the right thing, even though a lot of people can't understand it. I moved quite far away for university anyway but after my wedding in my home town, I know that'll be the last time me and my fiancé will live there. We both grew up there but we both want to go into the creative industries and move to London for better job opportunities. It's really scary to think about the future, but then God really is outside of time and has already seen it - it really will be okay! I'll remember you in my prayers tonight, hope everything goes really well.
    xox

    colours-and-curves.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. Very best wishes and blessings on your travels! I bet it will be better than you ever could imagine!
    xoxo

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  35. So happy for you and Josh! Following Gods calling not only for Josh's ministry but your marriage as well. It speaks volumes to little married folk like me. You inspire me with your trust in His promises and that you share your life experiences to thousands of people each day. You're a total rock star and I can't wait to see how God moves in ya'lls lives this next season.

    Stay the path, babe!
    Pamela Bearden
    lovelywordsofpam.blogspot.com

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  36. Wish you all the best with the move and the church may ALL things good surround your life.

    xo Meg<3

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  37. I wish the best for y'all in your move. God bless!

    www.sillymedley.blogspot.com

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  38. "There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind" - CS Lewis

    :)

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  39. I'm from Raymore, just a few miles from Lee's Summit. My family and many of my friends live there. What is the church called?

    My husband also works for a church plant! He's even the worship leader! My prayers are with you and the community of Lee's Summit. I'm excited to see how the Lord works there through you! Blessings :)

    Kate

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  40. I've been a long time reader . . . just never taken the time to leave a comment. My husband and I live in KC. Totally random, but if you'd ever like to get together, shoot me an e-mail.
    Jessica

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  41. SO exciting for you, I love seeing the trust you have in God through this situation. It is truly inspiring to other people (such as myself) who are trying to make tough decisions (such as college) Y'll will have such a great experience in your new home and God is just closing a door so he can open up a new one for you!
    cherish this season of change in your life

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  42. Hi, Just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog. I live on the KS side of KC (Olathe) and want to welcome you!!

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  43. Very exciting!!!! Good luck with this new adventure

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  44. I just saw this! I am so happy for you and Josh, but I will miss your posts about Springfield! When I had to stay there for a night driving back from Michigan, I will say, I felt so at home being there because of you and ABM's blog. You guys are so warm and welcoming, even through the internet, i'm so bless I've gotten to read your perspective of such a beautiful city, and can't wait to see your journey to KC. I'll be praying for you and josh's journey, How exciting!!

    Bridgi
    yodgi.com

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  45. I'm a part of a church plant in St. Louis. When we first started the church, a few families moved out here from a large church in California to be a part of this baby church. It was a scary decision and huge leap of faith for them, but I know God used them to touch lives that wouldn't have been touched otherwise. I believe instead of moments of despair and loneliness, you will have moments of complete joy where you sit in silence, amazed at what God has done in you and through you to reach other people. It will be totally worth it!

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  46. Welcome to KC! You'll love it here!

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  47. Love to hear that you're moving to KC! I go to the University of Kansas, about 45 minutes from KC, and you're going to love it. What church are they starting in Lee's Summit? I'd love to visit sometime.

    Best of Luck,

    Allie

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  48. Wonderful adventure you have been placed on - I wish you much luck with this new season of your lives. I hope to visit KC sometime and finally get to have the shoot with your wonderful talent. Many blessings - can't wait to hear more about it! Jaimie, N.J.

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  49. I live in Kansas City and do wedding photography, we should meet for coffee some time and I can introduce you to some neat places! :D

    ~Allison~

    www.the-curious-cupcake.com

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  50. i'm completely over the moon for you two. i can't wait to see, from afar, what happens. and i know it's scary to go someplace completely new, but you know what? you're an amazing person. they're going to be so lucky to have you. and at the end of the day, you've got your hubby. he was given to you, and you to him, and you always, always have someone to lean on. now, i'd be even MORE excited if you said you were moving to denver…but we'll just have to stop through KC sometime and have you two take some snaps for us. ; )

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  51. Wow, you and your hubby are very brave! I know what you mean about leaving the place where you were born & raised, plus leaving all your close friends & family! I love though that you are putting your trust in God and that you know he will take care of you guys :) I'm sure where you are headed the Lord needs you there to touch other lives that need it! Your blog has always been one of my favorites, you have a wonderful way of sharing your thoughts, and your pictures & tutorials are always inspiring to me! Good luck!!

    xoxo,
    Shio

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  52. Bless you and your move...all the way from little ol New Zealand

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  53. praying for you guys! what an exciting time. not many people have the opportunity to go into full-time ministry or plant a church. what a wonderful opportunity for you guys to continue to share the love of Christ! looking forward to hearing all that God does with and through you guys.

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  54. Kinsey! I don't even know you but I'm so excited for you and your husband. I am also a worship leader and I am so certain that you all are listening wisely to where He is leading ya'll. It is so exciting!

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  55. Kansas City is lovely! I love tripping out of Emporia, KS to head up to Kansas City and many close friends live there. Let me know if i can pass on suggestions of great places in the city, because it has so many wonderful gems to offer.

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  56. How exciting! It'll be lovely to have you guys in the area! Thanks for being such an awesome example of faith and obedience! I know He'll use you guys greatly. I'll be praying :)

    -Kara Bloom

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  57. My husband and I are moving to Guatemala in September. I can truly relate to you. It is so hard to leave people and places that are dear to your heart, but when the Lord is directing your steps, it's always worth it. Blessings.

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  58. I wish the two of you all the best! You both deserve so much happiness and success!

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  59. I'm a photography student living in KC, and there's a lot of inspiration here. Good luck with the move!

    -Emily

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  60. I'm a photography student living in KC, and there's a lot of inspiration here. Good luck with the move!

    -Emily

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  61. I want to encourage you. I just stumbled across this post today, and I know exactly how you feel, picking up and leaving everything you know and love. My husband and I moved from small town Kansas to Sydney Australia 1 1/2 years ago so he could study worship music at Hillsong College. Although the move has been so so tough, God has done amazing things in both of our lives and taught us incredible lessons about who HE is as a God, how truly good HE is, and faithful, and true and I could go on and on. None of these lessons would have ever happened if we hadn't ripped ourselves away from everything we knew and loved. I will say again and again, it was worth it. I know we have no clue who one another is, but I want you to know, sister, I will be praying for you and your husband! And I know and am excited about what is to come in your lives!

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