Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Plan is Foiled ... again

2011 (sigh) what to say
this is the year of change (hey Obama was right!) for the Irby household
Change #1.
by now most of you have heard our news plural. we are moving (again) back across country (again).
why is this so sudden?
for the past 4 years (since Brian started seminary) we have had "our plans" for our life. and the Lord usually is like "eh, nah, we're going to do something different" so eventually we decided that we would wait to tell people our plan till we knew our plan.
well that bit us in the butt.
this last christmas, while in Georgia the Lord provided an amazing job opportunity AND a house we had put an offer on finally accepted our offer ALL ON THE SAME DAY, the first day we were there! when does that ever happen? When it's the Lord's plan, that's when!
so....SURPRISE! by now we've had time to tell most of our friends in person, and if we haven't told YOU (yeah, you) then I am sorry, it was a complete surprise for me too.

Brian will be working as a biblical counselor and bible teacher at a Christian school just down the street from our house. He must report back there at the end of July. He will also be a pastor of some sort at our church there. Click here to learn more about our amazing church family!

Change #2.
Our house weird saying that
We have been married 5+ years and have NEVER lived on our own! We have always lived in someone's basement, guest house, or in the next room. And it has been a blessing! But it is time to have our own place.
Our house is AH-MAY-ZING, I never thought I could ever have a house like this. Let me start of by saying that in Georgia houses are so much more affordable, especially with the economy right now; and it just so happened to be a short sale. I say all this for my California folk because growing up in California you're used to smaller houses, smaller properties and HUGE mortgages. So if anyone wants to save money and get your dream house, FOLLOW US!

Change #3.
this is no surprise
we're pregnant. this was also not apart of "our plan" which is the theme to all this change in our life :)
baby girl due july 15th
I'm torn. I love the church we are going to, they are an amazing church full of people we love and who have supported us through seminary even though we only lived there almost a year. I love that we have the possibility of actually owning a house!
I love my church here. I love my friends that I have reconnected with, I love how most of them are having children that are Clover's age and will be born around the time of our new baby, I love going to the zoo with them, I love the Bible study support, I love them! I love the weather, I love how in the middle of winter we are wearing flip flops and shorts, I love how the ocean is an hour away (maybe I don't go a lot, but I could if I wanted!)
And don't forget my family. they are EVERYTHING to me. My mom is probably my best friend, living with her has brought us so close, especially having Clover here with us.
The Lord is Sovereign and everything He does is for our good and for His glory. How can I be discontent when this is so obviously His will for my life? So I will be sad, I'll probably cry A LOT I already have but I will trust in my God and give Him glory for all.
So, my new "plan" is to pray for the Lord's return to rapture all believers to heaven, so we can be all together with Him.

Let's pray!


  1. Yay for the Lord's plans! They are always best! Maybe we'll follow you out there in the next couple years; I'd like a house like that! :) Love you guys and praying for this transition year!

  2. oh my goodness dont even joke! if you guys came I would probably have a stroke from excitement!

  3. Yay for moving to GA!! We were so excited to hear the news a few Sundays ago!! We'll take really good care of you and there's lots of mommies and kiddos here!!! Don't be sad! By the way, I LOVE your house--that was a surprise to me!!! Can't wait to see you guys!

  4. I can't even believe all that - how amazing! New house, new baby, so many blessings to praise the Lord for! And I love your house, it's gorgeous! Can't wait to hear all the updates as you prepare for your move. So happy for you!

  5. awww!! i feel like i miss you already!!!! It's definitely so amazing to see God's will for you soo clearly...Brendan and i felt the same way with our move to and from santa barbara. We're happy for you guys...but will absolutely miss you tons!!!!!

  6. Thanks for the update on the blog! I'm thrilled for you and completely understand the mix of emotions and peace you have all at once when BIG/HUGE changes await you. God is sovereign and in control...thank goodness b/c us mommies are loose cannons! We will definitely visit you guys!