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.