Today is one of those “anniversary” days for me. It is one that I will always remember for the rest of my life.
It is the day we picked up our girls, in 2013, from Sleep-Away camp in Pennsylvania for the last time. It was the day that we told them three very big things:
1) Uncle Dude and Aunt Erin were going to have a baby
2) Aunt Robin died during the night after battling cancer
3) We had decided that I would not accept a job in Texas that had been offered to me….a job that would have allowed us to live just an hour from our extended family.
August 10 is quite the anniversary for me.
This year I remember the day while sitting in Texas, our new residence….where God has provided a job for Brad and now, pending a written offer, a job for me. We moved into our home a week ago and live just over an hour from our extended family. Last year, I had no idea how it would all happen but we decided to Trust God and Walk Forward, knowing He had a plan for us. Knowing if we trusted Him, we would end up in just the right place….wherever that would be.
Today we visited a new church….I hate church shopping but it is a necessary evil of moving. The preacher was the highlight of the church for me, even with all its wonderful amenities. His sermon was a perfect confirmation of our desire to move back to Texas.
He preached from Colossians 3:20-21. His first point was “Make the relationships with our family of primary importance.” This entire move was based on this need of family. Our schedule in Pennsylvania did not allow us to interact as a family on a regular basis. Brad’s job was a great job, but the hours were not conducive to his being around at the times our girls were home. We did not like this. We had seen the warning flags that the pastor, Dr. Mark Hartman, shared
- When the busy seasons become the norm.
- When we connect our careers with our self-worth
- When we stop fighting the battle of balance and give in to the career.
We saw these flags beginning to fly in our lives and didn’t want to overlook them and carry on.
I am thankful that God gave Brad and I the same desire, to find a job that allowed him to have a more consistent schedule to be home in the evenings. We know that our girls are growing up and we will never have this time again….we want to be the parents God has asked us to be. We also wanted our girls to know and be able to develop relationships with their extended family, as family is such an important part of life.
For us, this meant some big changes in career, location, and finances.
Moving is tough. We miss our friends, we have worked for hours packing boxes and now unpacking boxes and I won’t even mention the money involved in a move—ouch!
God is faithful and He provides.
I know He will provide new friends.
I know He will provide rest.
I know that He will provide for our needs.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
I hope to always be able to remember August 10 as a day that is bittersweet; mixed emotions and God’s hand always at work.