Emily Hopkins

Hard Decisions: A Personal Post

John and I recently made one of the hardest decisions of our life to date… Thankfully we know it was the right path to follow, but sometimes that doesn’t make it any easier. We made the decision to sell our first home. Though there were multiple layers of this onion, it all boiled down to choosing what’s most important to us.

Silly decision? Might be. At this point, we aren’t quite sure. In this place where we can’t yet see the outcome, in this place of temporary transition, it’s easy to give way to despair or regret. So we have to be intentional. Instead of despair, we choose delight; and instead of regret, we choose hope. We made the decision to trust that being together, no matter where that might be, is more important than our dream home.

So we’re trading in a dream and putting a seed to rest. Maybe it’s a seed that in the stillness of the earth will root, grow, and blossom. Or maybe putting that seed to rest will give birth to other dreams that never would’ve had the room to grow otherwise. Either way, we look joyfully & expectantly to the future, with great memories and gratitude for our past, holding to the truth that, no matter where we are, it’s always better when we’re together.

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  • chris millarNovember 22, 2016 - 11:48 am


    Did John have a job transfer? I need an update on the goings on. You, by the way are an incredible writer as well as photographer. Ever consider writing a book?ReplyCancel

  • PegNovember 22, 2016 - 12:54 pm

    Emily, you are an amazing writer. My heart aches for what you’ve given up, yet now rejoices in your positive outlook for your future. OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD WHO IS WORKING OUT SOMETHING EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL. I KNOW YOU TRUST IN HIM TO PROVIDE AS HAS ALWAYS DONE.

    Love you so much!ReplyCancel