I linked with Kellys Blog today! I have been in the parsonage ever since my DH and I got married! That was over ten years ago! I have learned much and grown much since that time when we unpacked our first U-Haul! Not all parsonages are perfect...our first one was ATTACHED to the back of the church and right next to Subway! This was nice when we had bad weather but not always nice because at times there was kids in the parsonage after church! I also learned that most parsonages are very very dated! Not something out of your HGTV show for sure! The first parsonage we had the bathroom had been a closet! But each parsonage we have lived in we have made it our home and we have made memories there! The first parsonage was where we first lived as a married couple, where we brought home our first born daughter and it was where alot of memories were made as I learned to COOK! Our second parsonage/home was a church goers home. It was in a perfect location and we made memories in this home also. We brought our second born son and third born son here. We had our share of ups and downs in this home too so leaving it was a happy moment but leaving the community was not! I loved living in that small rural Iowa town! It was perfect in every sense! We had a a Wal-Mart, great schools, a hospital, beautiful parks and could walk anywhere! We were even an hour away from two major cities! Iowa is where my heart is but alas God had bigger things in store for us! We found ourselves back in our home state and when my husband went to check out the church he took some pictures of the parsonage and when I saw the NEW kitchen with side by side refrigerator and brand NEW windows that opened I didn't need to see anymore! I asked my hubby when we were moving! Yes, the first two parsonages had windows that did not open! In our new parsonage it was beautiful and great! This church had taken wonderful care of the parsonage and we were blessed by that! The town was small with NO Wal-Mart or medical care just down the road more like 30min drive! No the less we had a blast with the yard and put in hundreds of tulip bulbs and 10 or so lilac bushes! We had planned on staying there FOREVER! Alas, God's plans are not always our plans! One back surgery failed and some mold issues that were not working out we had to move and this last move I pray is our LAST! Moving from the land of windmills was hard! We had an amazing support network there and people that had embraced us during surgies and other times. We moved to be closer to my neurosurgeon for a second back surgery. The parsonage we moved to is nice! Moving was interesting as we had a 3 week time frame to pack up! The day we moved there was no U-Haul there were pick up trucks and trailers! Yes, TALK ABOUT FAITH! All my earthly possessions were staked HIGH in the beds of the trucks and tied down with you guessed it ROPE!!! But everything made it with out loosing a thing! God is good! We are making improvements to this parsonage we call home and we do this at each of our parsonages. These are our homes and we treat them as such! I look forward to connecting with you all! Blessings!