House, What’s Next?

I am back!  Sorry about that unplanned, long absence from blogging.  I sure missed internet while camping!  It was even hard to keep in touch with family.

However, one nice thing about camping was that we saw some beautiful nature.  Sometime I hope to post gorgeous sunset and other photos that we took.  Nathan got some amazing storm photos.  He must have spent a couple hours all together sitting in the Winnebago trying to capture lightning flashes with a “point and shoot” camera, 🙂 and he got some good ones.

On September 22, we moved into a house for the winter/spring—hallelujah!  We will likely be able to stay here at least through April or May.  It is a beautiful, very large home, and we are very, very grateful for God’s provision for us.

But what next?  Don’t know.  It appears that ahead of us is continuing research, continuing to look into options both “old” and new, and continuing to search diligently for God’s leading.  Please pray for God’s wisdom and help for us.

At one point this summer, we thought we were going to move to Arizona and live in an actual MCS rental house.  I was SO sure we were moving that I wrote a “good-bye” piece to “my” beloved Black Hills (and even cried a little)!  But, the AZ house did not work out after all.  I was very glad to stay in this area I love so much, yet I was beyond disappointed that I could not look forward to true recovery in an MCS house.

However, God knows best, and I trust Him.

Sometimes, when all I “want” to do lately is be impatient and pound things until I make them work the way I want them to, I have this sense that God is saying, “I am in control.”  (What am I saying?  Of course God is in control!  🙂 )

My job is only to obey Him.  I must not refuse to do what He says or ignore His still small voice, but I also must not say to myself that I know better than He does.  (How silly would that be?)


One benefit of chronic illness is having to lean more on the Lord.  Have you experienced this in your life?  Do you see other benefits of chronic illness?


Christa Upton        Black Hills Picture Books        PO Box 293         Custer, SD    57730


About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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2 Responses to House, What’s Next?

  1. Katie Updike says:

    I am so glad you found a house! I will be praying that is a good winter for you and your family! God bless!

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