3 years ago June 8th we saw a little house in St. George that immediately felt like home. Despite the lime green walls, we knew it was the place for us. The Lord prepared us to see it and feel that way. Despite eleven other offers, it became our place.
Family filled the house that first week, helping us paint and move furniture inside. There's still a small piece of blue tape in the corner of the shower. My dad put it there during prep for paint. It got missed in the clean up and I never took it down.
That little house became a refuge, a place for revelation, and a place for solace and peace. Through Jake's cancer treatment it was a place of healing and miracles and ministering.
We brought the names of students home with us where there was an abundance of love, and we prayed for them.
It became the Hurricane Seminary building as the Covid-19 pandemic forced classes online. Jake's classroom was the kitchen table and mine was the laundry room.
If I didn't shut the door my students could hear Jake's testimony too, just like in our old classrooms. I left the door open a lot.
We had a house of faith and our faith grew there.
I told Jake we were pregnant on the front porch on January 27th, 2020. Jake was so excited he laughed out loud.
He waited for me in the parking lot at each doctor's appointment, but he felt lots of tiny kicks at home. It's beautiful to me how the Lord can make a space sacred.
We talked excitedly about a new baby boy preparing to arrive and that excitement was sacred.
We sold the house on Jun 9th, 2021.
3 years of miracles after the ones that brought us there.
I didn't get to say goodbye really. We rented the house for a year so there wasn't anything to move out but a washer and drier and some patio lights.
Jake said it was better I didn't go so I could remember the place like we had it.
Like we had it.
It was the right place.
I see the Lord's hand in those years and I see His hand in the plans we have next.
Sometimes I look at pictures of us three years ago.
I see the gratitude and wonder we had on our faces at all the good we had. Life was good.
I look at pictures of us today and I see the same gratitude and wonder. I see more of it even. Life is good. God is good.
I can't wait to create home again. Home with Jake. Home with my little family. That makes me happy.
My name is Maddie Townsend Topham and I am a happy wife!