Plans That Change

Life, Personal

  1. Jill Hall says:

    Wow, thank you for sharing and being so transparent. The wisdom and blessings God has and will continue to bring are endless. Nothing is better than being in line with God’s will and plan. Keep your eyes on him first in all things. God bless you and your family and the journey he has put you on!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you so much, Jill! This was a hard post to write, but one that needed written. God is incredibly faithful. His will and plan will far exceed what we could have planned for ourselves. I know He has something wonderful in store for us. <3

  2. Rose says:

    Dear Shayna
    I’m so excited to see what you & Todd decide to create for your family.
    God will trul guide you every step of the way.


  3. Shayna, you’re so very wise to hear God’s voice and not ignore it!! His Will and His plans are always better than what we (as humans) could ever fathom. God will lead you throughout this process and you will be mightily blessed!!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you, Cynthia! It’s not always easy to be obedient, but I know that listening and following His voice is incredibly important. He sees and knows what I do not and we want His will for us as we start this new chapter. You’re right, He will lead us through this. I have faith in that.

  4. Laura says:

    i”m going through the same thing. Heart wrenching.

    • Shayna says:

      I’m so sorry, Laura! I know how you feel… it’s so difficult to spend so much time and energy on something and not have it come to fruition. God has given me peace as we’ve had to change directions and I’m very thankful for that. Sending you hugs!

  5. Clia Falla says:

    I definitely feel for you. I’m a Realtor and made the career change at the start of Covid. The way this market and inflation has been going as a result of Covid has been interesting to say the least. I’ve seen clients experience set backs while building and during this economic turn you definitely have to have faith. My husband and I decided to make a move and jump in as buyers with eyes wide open. It’s definitely made me learn how to let go and trust in Him a bit more, which is difficult since I’m a bit of a control freak. I have faith that you guys will have the right home for you both (regardless of size). In the end everything happens for a reason and how it was meant to be. It can be difficult to see though when you’re in the middle of it all. I cannot wait to see the beautiful home on your blog that you guys will have built. And who knows, maybe one day that home can be just one of a couple of homes on the property.

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you so much, Clia! It’s definitely an interesting time in the world to be building a home and it’s been a process thus far. I know the Lord has a plan for us and that He will guide us along the way. It’s not always easy, but I’m thankful He’s given me the peace and understanding to start over and to have a fresh set of eyes as we design our home. Wishing you and your husband all the best as you navigate this market!

  6. Audrae says:

    Wow, your story sounds so familiar to ours. Five years ago we purchased a plot of land that was our “dream” lot. The place we could never have imagined for ourselves but that we stumbled onto, and even though there were many obstacles, we somehow managed to purchase this price of property with the intentions of building our forever home. We knew we were meant to live in this spot, it was just a feeling. We set to work straight away with an architect planning and designing this home, our dream home. It was not huge, at 2300 square ft it was large enough to be comfortable without being too consuming of the land it would sit on. But like you described, things just kept popping up that made it feel like God was telling us that the timing, and more importantly, the house, just wasn’t “right” for us. So we settled into a different home, something we bought on a different piece of land. We remodeled and even considered selling our dream lot, but deep down knew that wasn’t the right answer either. We sold our home in 2021, moved into a rental and set to work designing a smaller and completely different home. And everything that was falling apart before is falling into place this time around. It’s amazing how God knows the future plans that we can’t even see yet. I truly hope that things fall into place for you as well this round, and I feel confident they will because when God fills your heart with knowing then you immediately feel at peace about your decisions! Best wishes on your new journey!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your story, Audrae! It certainly sounds similar to what we’re facing and I love hearing how things are falling into place for you this time around. God is so faithful. We’re still early in the process of designing a new home, but it already feels different this time and I have so much peace in knowing God is in control and that He protects us from what we don’t know or see. Best wishes to you as well!

  7. Kelly says:

    So how much did you spend on the first architect design only to start over? I am trying to decide to build new vs remodel and it is scary to pay out multiple fees for inspections vs designs….would be interested in your thoughts.

  8. Laura says:

    When God says no, He sometimes has something better for us. Your faith is an example of trusting in the Lord, In your partner and accepting that changes are not necessarily disappointments.
    Keep on Loving, and thanks for sharing!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you so much, Laura! You couldn’t be more right! God is so incredibly faithful and He always has something better planned for us than we can even fathom… even when we think we know what’s best! I’m excited to see what He has in store for us!

  9. Cindy N. says:

    Courage to accept change and Faith – you’ve got this! Hugs

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