Welp, this post feels like it’s been a long time coming. I have some “official” news to share. I say official because some of my peeps have known for a while, we’ve needed the prayer support and wisdom along the way.. but it’s time to come out with it already. In Bloom is MOVING…… to Panama……. THE COUNTRY!! Yep, we’re heading to the land of coffee plantations, volcanoes, and tropical flowers. Why, you ask? Well, because the Lord has told us to sell everything and go. Yup, crazy, I know… but it’s true. There’s an awesome story there.. the gist of it is that literally God has told my husband that we were to sell everything and sell out for Him and go. He identified Panama through a radio program we listen to often, he heard the story of another man whom God basically told the same thing to… it was like the man was speaking everything Matt was hearing but couldn’t say. It was really incredible. When Matt finally told me (about 7 months ago), yea…. as you can imagine, I pretty much felt like I’d been hit with a title wave. A million thoughts and emotions flooded in… but within a minute or two, I could hear God’s small voice saying “This is happening Karyn, be quiet…. and trust me.” So, I obeyed and took my hysteria to Him…. and a girlfriend or two eventually too! (You know who you are!!!!)
After several months of pressing in and listening HARD… we decided to begin walking in this direction (moving) and just asked Father to shut the door firmly if this was not His perfect will for our family. The rest is history. Door after door… OPEN. Confirmation and confirmation. Even tried to talk ourselves out of it a few times and God wasn’t having it. He came back each time in some form or fashion to say “Are you going to do what YOU want to do, or are you going to do what I’VE asked you to do???” The message has been loud and clear all along. To the extent that we are willing to surrender all our comforts and “securities” here …. to that same extent he wants to ignite our family on fire for Him. It’s pretty awesome!
Matt and I just returned from a week long trip to visit Panama, and man…. the Lord blew our socks off in SO many ways. Again, door after open door. For now, we’re focusing on just getting the basics covered (home, job, church, friends, etc.) but we know God has a special mission for our family there… we’re just not exactly sure what it is yet…. though, I have some ideas! 😉 Honestly, I think the missions are many. We’re walking in faith and trusting Him with every step along the way. We’re waiting on the final step for the sale of our home this week, but we’re believing its done. My last work commitment is June 20th, so I’ll be taking a few sessions before then. If it’s been a while and/or you’d like to squeeze in one more In Bloom session… give me a hollar! My calendar is pretty full already, but I can squeeze a few more in!
My prayer over the last year or so has been to tone it WAAAAAY down for work on the photography front. I’d love to do a birth a month and maybe a newborn or two. When we get to Panama, I’ll get to relax and enjoy my babies… and work on adjusting to a new culture. Let me tell you friends, it’s NOTHING like America. Oh dear. However, we’ve been greatly prepared for this journey as a family and I have so much peace it’s just amazing! I look forward to schooling my kids, enjoying working with them taking care of our chickens, goats, and in the garden/greenhouse. I may eventually market my skills on the photography end, but probably not for a while.
I’ve enjoyed this time here in Texas. We came out here on newly stable ground, and our roots are now down into a Firm Foundation as a family. I’ve had the honor of working with so many beautiful hearts and faces over the last 6 years…. babies being birthed, sweet newborns in the studio, watching families as they’ve grown and matured, graduating seniors, weddings… GAHHH! SO BLESSED!
Looking forward to this next chapter.. blessings to you as you read this, and we’d ask you to keep us in your prayers as we prepare for and make this transition! -Karyn