Over the last few years or so, we have talked about moving back to Maryland. Although we lived close to my husband’s wonderful family in Ohio, I had a very strong desire to move back to the area where I grew up. It’s been one of those things that you keep anticipating, but then aren’t quite sure if it will happen or not… but then it did.
After living in Ohio for 8 years, we made the long-awaited move back to Maryland.
We hadn’t anticipated moving quite so soon. Originally we were thinking that our move would take place sometime around or after 2020. Then, in the spring of this year, we started talking about the possibility of moving in 2019 – about a year away. Before we knew it, after prayer, counseling, and open windows; we found ourselves with the move date of July 2018.
John didn’t even have a job yet…
So the job search began, along with packing, getting our house ready to be placed on the market, and all the other things that happen during a move. All the while we wondered if this were really happening, taking each step as it came, and continued to pray for guidance in this new chapter of our lives.
Sometimes I’m not sure if it’s the next chapter or a whole new book in a series.
We are starting over. Although it’s where I grew up, it’s now a whole new place. My hometown grew up while I was away, in such a way that you can’t fully experience unless you actually live in the area. My multiple visits over the years don’t count. However, there are still many other aspects that have grown and yet stayed relatively the same – these I am eternally grateful for. John also gets to start over from the ground up – an entry level job with long hours and preparing to go to college. It’s all for a season as we continue to discern God’s Will for our lives and pursue the dreams that He placed on our hearts.
We have a desire to be a family of Generosity, but right now our word is Humility.
Currently we survive on the love and generosity of others. During the move and the death of our unborn baby, our family and friends provided an abundance of love, help, and support. As we’re transitioning to this new life, my parents have welcomed us into their home and created a space in their basement for us to live. It is so humbling to have to rely on the generosity of others. But yet, it is so necessary in our spiritual formation, as God works on the pride we hold in our hearts. And how much better will we be able to serve others – having experienced the need for generosity, when one day, God willing, we can be even more generous to others?
It is currently 6AM…
…the fog is hanging over the fields, the cows are stirring, and a mama deer is out for an early morning snack with her three fawns. Although there are still many unknowns in our life at the moment, there are many blessings to be thankful for.