leaving home to go home

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While life has been especially busy lately, I think I have been subconsciously avoiding posting about our big news . . . we’re moving back to Camarillo, CA! Josh blogged about it yesterday, thinking full-well that I had already mentioned it to our readers. Well, I haven’t, so I’ve gotten a number of "what the’s?!?!" from many of you. So, here’s the story . . .

The short version is, God’s plan is not our own.

The long version? Josh and I have been feeling a tug on our hearts that we need to be closer to our families, and that our time in Washington is coming to an end. I can’t explain it, other than we have been praying for God to give us wisdom in what to do with this nudge. There are moments when this is an exciting thing. There are moments when it really stinks. On the outside it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Incredible friends, incredible church community, incredible place to live and raise little ones. But, it was this same kind of "nudge" that brought us to Washington four years ago, and we have NEVER regretted that decision. So we are trusting God, again, to provide just what we need, just when we need it, and know that this process will be rich with growth and learning experiences.

We are beside ourselves with the excitement of knowing that we will get to see our kids experience their grandparents, aunts and uncles, new little friends, another wonderful church community, and growing up in our hometown. We are also heartbroken to leave a "family" that took us in as their own, and to leave the place where we really grew up. Our physical AND emotional family expanded, our hearts were opened, our minds were challenged, and our definition of authentic community was re-defined.

When we made the decision to move up here, we had a number of loving, well-meaning people question us about our decision to move so far away from the comfort of our hometown and families. Now, as we’re preparing to move again, we have had a number of loving, well-meaning people begin questioning, again, why we are leaving the comfort of the home of our children. All we know is that our life has been greatly enriched by the physical and emotional landscape of Western Washington, and we are trusting that God will use the familiar of our hometown in sunny So. Cal to enrich our understanding of Him even more. 

We would love your prayers as we begin the (unthinkable, asinine, crazy, what-were-we-thinking) task of packing and moving over the holidays. Please pray for the transition for our kids, our church family, our families at home, and the dear friends we are saying goodbye to (for now 😉 ). Also, be praying for monetary provisions.

Thank you, again, for reading and caring. We are looking forward to sharing our life with you from a different part of the Pacific Coast.

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  1. Sweetheart, your family down here is so thankful for the family you met up there. Words cannot express the secure feeling we had just knowing that you were being cared for and loved so many miles away. For all of Josh, Erin, Abby and Zack’s Washington FAMILY, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

  2. I can’t even imagine the abundance of mixed emotions you and Josh are experiencing right now. I liked how you described this transition. It all makes sense as to why you are so torn! I will continue to pray. On this side of the coin…I look forward to welcoming you guys home! I love you guys! P.S. I am so thankful for your time in WA and the many wonderful friends who are now forever a part of your life. I’ve enjoyed 5 amazing visits all because of this chapter in your life AND have added some new friends to my life as well!

  3. What a big move, we once made it with two kids from California to New Jersey. I will pray for a safe transition! Nothing can top being close to family. I have had the joy of letting both my kids know 2 sets of Great Grandparents, it’s a joy that many never know! Looking forward to hearing more about your move. Will you be going back to Camarillo?

  4. Believe it or not, I feel the same “torn” emotions you are experiencing. Visiting the beautiful Norwestern region and meeting the “family” up there was and is one of the greatest gifts you could have!

    As much as the distance between us was hearfelt, the fact that you were in a beautiful home, lovely city, wonderful community and most of all the love and comfort you gained by meeting some of the most incredible human beings I have yet to meet!

    Amazing outreaching with an unconditional and selfless caring for two people who were following God’s direction and brand new to their lives as they knew it!

    I cannot and won’t begin naming names for I will surely leave someone out, but you all know who you are and as one of the “grandparents” and mom’s, I want to tell you I share what was formerly said by Sonja and Cara…that being a sense of comfort and joy knowing you, Josh and Erin, were in the greatest place ever and immediately accepted and taken in as part of their “family”.

    That cannot be said enough…

    so, Thank you all for everything you are and have done for our kids…and also, as you all would have it, for supporting and encouraging them to go forward in God’s hands.

    I will now extend an OPEN invitation to come down anytime and you will have a place to stay at my home while visiting…!

    With love and respect,
    “gramma dell”

  5. I miss you all already, yet I look forward to visiting you there at the same time. Life is crazy, yet full of family, when you open your eyes and heart to the experience. Love you guys. See you Friday. Cyndee

  6. I am so thankful that you all have been able to make this decision and that you are following your heart and what God has in store for you. All will go well and you will be blessed because you are faithful…Love you guys! Darby

  7. I don’t want to say good-bye 😦 But you know how I really feel deep down. We love you and I will be praying for this next major leg of your journey. And we’ll see you soon enough after you’ve moved. “Home is where the heart is” as Josh blogged the other day. So, now you have two homes 😉 And we will always leave a light on for you up here, even if you’re just passing through.

  8. wow… big decisions for you guys! but i’m glad it comes with peace and with excitement for all of you. i know moving with kids is going to be difficult but i know that you guys are going to be so blessed, and they will be too… i hope this means that when i come visit my folks, i will get to see you guys too. i would still love for y’all to come visit your beloved new orleans. 🙂 maybe if i ever get hitched, y’all can come for that. 🙂
    love you, friend…

  9. I too will miss visiting you in the Washington. Not the drive, just the destination. Might have to visit Dave and Tina and get our Washington fix.

    That said….. yahooooooooo!!!. Love you guys, see you soon!!!

  10. I think I just want to stay Cleopatra forever…you know, the” de-Nile” thing. I just can’t imagine what it will be like to not have you all here..so sad for starters. We have grown to love you all so much in the 4 years you’ve been here. We have been very blessed to have had you in our life/family. I know that God will bless you as you make your journey back to your “other” home..

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