So, as is typical, we have to keep things interesting around here. We wouldn’t want to go more than six months or so without a major life change – that would be so, you know, normal.
We are moving. This Saturday. To be clear: all seven of us are going.
We’ve known for a long time that long term we wanted to be closer to family. Currently we travel about two weekends out of every six so that our kids get to see all of their grandparents frequently. We want our kids growing up really knowing their grandparents, so we made it a priority. Well, Brian finally got a job offer near my hometown, and so we’re going. We’ll live very near my parents, and it will make traveling to see Brian’s parents much easier and more frequent!”"
We’ve planned this for so long – it was always a future thing – always something we planned for, never something we did. Well, now we’re doing it. And it’s so much harder than we anticipated.
God placed us here seven years ago – newlyweds with no kids. (Yes. Seven short years ago we had no children. Now we have five.)
In those seven years he has worked in our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Not only has he blessed us with our children, but he has shown us more grace than we could have asked for. And as the conductor for the grace he has shown us, he has used the people he has surrounded us with.
Truly we have developed a community here such that it feels like a family. Through everything we have been through, both good and bad (and there has been a lot…of both) he has brought up around us a chorus of grace as we have watched him intertwine our lives and the lives of others. We have, quite literally, seen an Acts church lift us, carry us, and sharpen us as iron sharpens iron through valleys and celebrations.
I could not be more grateful for the time he has given us here, and for the people he has given us to love and be loved by.
All that to say, it is difficult going.
However, God’s grace and his faithfulness is not dependent on our location, and we are also looking forward to seeing how he will choose to use us somewhere else. We are looking forward to living near family, we are looking forward to where he takes us from here, we are looking forward to visits from our dear friends from here (ahem.).
More on the logistics…
Brian interviewed (for three months) and was (finally) offered a job at the Build a Bear Workshop Corporate Headquarters! I know, right? How could there be a more fitting job for a guy with five little girls, eh? And his offer letter? ….it came like this:
On the adoption – no, it’s not been finalized. We pursued this job opportunity because as recently as September they told us it would be finalized in December. But, clearly that didn’t happen. Actually, as of the new year they hadn’t even sent someone to our house to do our homestudy. So.
We are moving with the girls as a pre-adoptive placement, and they will complete the adoption via ICPC. It might take a little longer that way – but then again, at the pace they were moving anyway, maybe not.
SO. Lots of change here. I need to go so that I can pack. Here’s to moving and trying to sell a house with five children ages six and under. Prayers appreciated.