A new country. A new life.

We’ve been in Scotland now for nearly a month. I hardly know where to begin. I have so much to catch you all up on, and I want you all to be able to share in our journey. Lack of writing has not been from desire, but rather from a lack of internet access and a general feeling of craziness as we settle into our new lives.

We love it here. I know it’s been only a month and we are still very much in the honeymoon stage, but already I can see this place as being a place of healing for our family.

What is there to say about a place where this is just walking distance from your home?

The beach, 12th century ruins, a castle, and gorgeous countryside are literally just out our front door.

Words fail me.

We are so incredibly blessed.

A couple of weekends ago when we headed up to the beach on a nice Sunday afternoon, I felt myself just breathing in the sea air, the beauty. Almost instinctively I felt the stress of the past few months slowly dissipating. There is something about sea air that will do that to you.

And perhaps, just perhaps, the mayhem and trials of our year allow me to appreciate this all the more?

I think so.

There is so much to write, and I look forward to taking you along on our journey.

After months of lack of structure and routine, we are settling down now and finding a new normal. And oh what a blessing that is.

Aaaahhh. So peaceful to have routines. Kind of like that beach.

Everything is being reevaluated. From basic home routines, to developing habits in our children (and me!), to…well, everything. If you all don’t mind, I’ll just bring you along for the ride.

And of course there will always be pictures of Scotland. That little tiny country that holds so much beauty and mystery.

I’ve missed writing. And I’ve missed all of you too.

I’m glad to be back.



  1. I am so glad you are back as well! I LOVE your pictures. I love how happy you are in your new home. May the Lord continue to bless you, as you follow hard after Him.

  2. I had no doubt you’d love it. We have yet to see the British Isles, but since it’s Europe . . . . Just the history, that sense that it has always been there–for a thousand years. Too amazing! We pray for you guys and are glad to see the happy little Hanson faces. God bless!

  3. Glad to see you are doing well. Continue to pray God’s blessings on you and your family. Look forward to more posts!

  4. Christi Maurer says:

    So glad to see that you’ll be popping into my inbox again. I’ve missed you! Glad to hear that God is using this new season in such a refreshing way. :)

  5. I have to say I’m kinda jealous–my husband and I are both in a place where we want some kind of big, radical change. It seems leaving seminary, having a 3rd baby, and entering the rat race wasn’t a big enough change! But I think what we’re looking for is that freedom and space to breathe.

    I’m excited for you guys and look forward to reading more and seeing lots of pictures!

  6. I’m so glad you’re back! I am excited to follow your adventures in Scotland! My husband and I lived in KY and he went to SBTS 2006-2009.

  7. This is beautiful…the words AND the pictures! So thankful for the joy God is giving you…and I’m also thankful you’re “back” :-)

  8. You are in my thoughts and prayers. So thankful for the words in this post. We send our love.

  9. So glad you’re back and praise the Lord for new beginnings – especially somewhere like Scotland! Can’t wait to hear about your new habits and routines and especially, the healing.


  10. Loving all the pictures and so glad you will be back to writing. I didn’t realize until after you moved how much I enjoyed your blogs. Glad you are settling in and making a home over there in Scotland.

  11. You’ve been missed! ❤ Glad you’re back!

  12. I admit, I’m jealous. But so, so happy for you guys! Praying that God continues to provide refreshment and renewal as you settle in further. ((hugs))

  13. Oh, I miss Scotland! It was a healing place for my family, and at a time when we really needed healing. I hope it can be for you, as well.

    Can’t wait to follow along and reminisce through your stunning photos.

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