One year ago today, we packed up our things and moved away from the only life I had ever known. One year ago. It seems like forever ago, yet only a minute ago. How does that happen? The last year has been tough. So very, very tough. Everything is new. And I mean everything. Target had been in the same location for my entire life. Now I didn’t even know the name of the street it was on. And to add insult to injury, it was laid out backwards. :) We moved three times in the past year. Sold our house. Rented a townhouse. Bought a new house. My hubby started a new job, after being with the same company for almost 15 years. The little man started a new preschool and new sports. I started teaching classes at a new store. We found a new church. In all this newness, there are days when I am so homesick that I could stay in bed and cry all day. We miss our families. We are so sad that our little man will never get to spend the time with his grandparents that he could have, if we could have stayed in Minnesota. I miss Saturday shopping with my mom and sister. I miss seeing people I know out and about. I miss our doctor, my hairdresser, and all those places we went, that we seem to take for granted.
But despite all the sadness and adjusting that we have been going through, God is good! He is the one constant we have in our lives. And I am so grateful! My husband found a job in a tough economy, one with less stress and less hours. We found a wonderful house in a wonderful neighborhood with wonderful schools. The little man is getting to participate in activities that would never have been available. I have a store that I can teach at, with wonderful owners and customers. Those women have no idea how much they have been a help to me!!
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
God definitely had plans for our family. Not the plans we made, but His plans. Change is never easy and often painful, but there is a plan. I need to remind myself of this some days. We will make it. We will adjust. And today I am looking ahead, with anticipation, to see what He has planned for us! But know that this is said with tears of sadness. And He will take care of those too.