A Door I Adore

If you are new to my blog, you may want to read about our recent “life change” in order to understand the rest of this post.

This is the door I didn’t know I couldn’t live without. On a trip with my husband to shop for doors, I wasn’t looking for anything beyond fairly ordinary, and as cheap as possible. I hadn’t given much thought to a front door so I wasn’t looking for anything special. But when I saw this door in a salvage store (cheaper than all the “standard” doors we had seen!!) I stopped, I’m pretty sure my heart rate increased, and I knew our door shopping was over. As Aaron “suggested” that he wasn’t sure how we would get it to seal, close from the outside, etc., I just stared at it, envisioning it on the front of our house and said to him confidently, eyes still on the door, “I’m sure you’ll figure it out”. Because he always does.

My lovely door means a lot of things to me. As the Lord leads us by the hand on this journey we wouldn’t have chosen, he continually opens new doors and reveals His glory in amazing ways. When I look at this door, I will always be reminded of His leading, of the new chapters in life, of things we lost and things we gained. Of new friendships and love expressed that we would have missed had this storm not visited us.

My door reminds me of a gentle Savior who says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

Do we hear His voice and open the door? Do we follow Him no matter where the following takes us? Do we trust Him when we don’t know what is on the other side of the door? There is such sweet peace when we do.

I have not always liked this side of the door. And I can’t wait to walk through my new door, back into a place we can call home again. It’s not always easy, I don’t want to give the impression that there aren’t hard days.

But through those days we CAN see our Heavenly Father providing. The One who asks, “Why do you worry about what you will eat or drink or wear?” has proven that He is quite capable of caring for us, just as He promised.

My door will be a lasting reminder of His faithfulness to us. A new door, new opportunities, and new joys await.

We're making progress! Front porch and roof to be added very soon! Thank you to ALL our volunteers...without you, this would be impossible.



Jax has grown into quite a chunky monkey--here's an updated picture for those who have requested it.

36 Responses to “A Door I Adore”

  1. Deanna says:

    Beautiful door. So unique and special.

  2. Shannon says:

    That baby boy is beautiful!!! … and the door is, also. πŸ˜‰ So glad to see that progress is being made on your new home…. and that you can on the joys in the middle of this storm in your life.

  3. Lisa Ente says:

    Stunning!!!! i want one πŸ™‚ how exciting to see the house really taking shape. i am so thrilled for you all.

    the baby is beautiful. babies are such a reminder of God’s loving kindness. i only know you all from this blog but i think he looks like his daddy. a heritage, a gift and a reward.

    – lisa

  4. Jax is such a sweet baby! And I love seeing how the house is coming along!

  5. sherry says:


    How very fitting! Your home isn’t being built in an ordinary way, and your front door will be anything BUT ordinary:) I’ll think of it as your door of remembrance and a visible reminder of God’s provision and faithfulness. So happy for you, and we continue to pray for you as you wait.



  6. Brenda says:

    I LOVE that door and your God inspired metaphor! I don’t think your finding it was by chance/accident πŸ˜‰ So happy you’re getting closer to having your home and life back to normal (whatever that is) πŸ™‚

  7. Sheila, Mom to Seven, soon says:

    Finally! A picture of that beautiful boy! Thanks, Kelly.
    ‘House is looking great, too. πŸ™‚

  8. Melissa says:

    Love the post. Thanks for the pic. What a cutie! He looks like Ashton. I still have the picture Ashton drew for me in my kitchen window sill. Thinking of him nearly every time I do dishes. Love you friend.

  9. stacy horton says:

    Beautiful door Kelly!!!!!

  10. Shelly says:

    I totally heart that door! I’m a huge door junkie! Your house looks like it’s coming along so nicely! God is so faithful…

  11. IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! And Jax is SO precious!!! Thank you for once again testifying to the Faithfulness of the Lord! I don’t know if you would be interested, but I host a tiny little link-up on Fridays called “Pages in Your Heritage of Faith” where I encourage people to testify of His Faithfulness (Psalm 78). This post would be perfect! If you’d rather not, that’s fine. We rejoice with you in the progress toward a place to call home. πŸ™‚ Just in case: http://iliveinanantbed.blogspot.com/2011/07/fruit-of-his-spirit-link-up-in-pages-of.html

  12. Jasmine says:

    It is absolutely beautiful. And more lovely because of what it represents to you and your journey.

    God will open doors no man can close. Rev 3.

    And on the other side – there is a greater anointing.

    Much love,


  13. Amy Morgan says:

    I am so glad that things are coming along. That door is beautiful.

    Your boy is so cute.

    God Bless.

  14. I love your door and your sweet thoughts on why it is so special. It’s great to share how the Lord shows His love to us individually. Glad to see a pic. of that precious baby boy too!

  15. Nicole says:

    Wow! I love it and love what it represents even more. Thanks for sharing a Jax update too, he is adorable! I am astonished at how quickly your house is going up. Has God provided, or what?! Just amazing!

  16. Thank you so much, Kelly!!! πŸ™‚

  17. Ann S says:

    What a beautiful baby, and the door too! LOL I am so glad that your new house is moving along nicely and you will be opening the door to your new home soon!

  18. I love the door. I have been looking for an old door with character for about a year but haven’t found what I was looking for. I would have bought this one too!

  19. jen in AL says:

    so beautiful! An Ebenezer, right? miss you all so! lots of love and hugs, jen

  20. Jennifer says:

    What a gorgeous door. It has been such an encouragement to me to read about your story and watch you still praising God. Thank you!

  21. Kelly L says:

    Love the post and the door…

  22. Brandee says:

    That is one awesome door! And one beautiful baby! Followed you here from antbed…

  23. Laine Ferrill says:

    A beautiful door, but even more so are the piggy toes I see peeking around it! I know you cannot wait until all those little feet pitter patter through that front door when it is planted firmly in your new home!
    We pray for all of you still…

  24. BethA says:

    Just discovered your website this morning via incourage. God bless y’all. I will pray for you, your family and your in-progress home. PS – that door is fabulous!

  25. Beautiful door, good choice! Sweet husband, good choice!

    I’m so glad to hear/see that you’re all doing so well. Praise God.

  26. Sharlene says:

    The door is beautiful! I have been away for the past weeks, so I was surprised to see the progress on your house. I am so thankful that you have been able to get it going up so quickly. The Lord is good, and I appreciate your testimony of His goodness.

  27. Kristen says:

    The door is just breathtaking. And so is your baby!

  28. Kim M says:

    That door is awesome!!!

  29. Rina Marie says:

    Kelly, first let me say that your new door is amazing! I’m sure you don’t remember me, but I was a faithful reader of your blog for a long time, until some things in my life became hectic and I wasn’t able to keep up with blogs the way I wanted to. I’m happy to say that things are much more calm now, and I’m looking forward to keeping up with you and your family more. Your words and your attitude through all that has been going on has been incredibly inspiring and encouraging, I am praying for you and your family.

  30. Valerie says:

    Beautiful Boy and door! I am so glad for you.

  31. KTHunter says:

    Jax is just adorable!

    And the door … I’ve had things “speak” to me like that before. It is wonderful having something that has a story, even if you don’t know what that story is. You can still imagine what that story is. It makes me wonder what things this door has seen and who has walked through it before. And now you are going to add chapters to that story! The house is growing quickly!

  32. What do you think about a follow up?

  33. 6 arrows says:

    It’s going on five years since you wrote this post, and I know I read it, but it struck me in a way tonight, revisiting it, like never before.

    As the Lord leads us by the hand on this journey…he continually opens new doors and reveals His glory in amazing ways. When I look at this door, I will always be reminded of His leading, of the new chapters in life, of things we lost and things we gained…

    Do we follow Him no matter where the following takes us? Do we trust Him when we don’t know what is on the other side of the door?

    Profound thoughts by which to live. Thank you, Kelly.

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