Thursday, June 16, 2011

"Secrets" Shared

Some big things are happening in our household... No, Little Miss is not going to be a big sister {yet}. Big things that I have had on my heart to share- not to have questions asked -but to give glory to God!

A little back story-

When we moved to Missouri in July 2008 we were ecstatic! Getting out of Georgia was a dream come true! We love our family and friends still there and miss everyone dearly yet we felt like getting away we were able to spread our wings and fly! Living in Missouri has been wonderful for our marriage! We have learned some very valuable lessons and know that the priority is our family, the three of us. We have learned that boundaries are a necessity. Living in Missouri gave us forceful boundaries. We needed this to learn. Saying "Yes" to something means saying "No" to something else.

After the first year, we knew we wanted to get closer to family but were dead set against going back to Georgia. We had no hurry but knew it would be an eventual thing. Year two came and we began searching more... South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and even possibly Florida were our options. And we pursued these options with all clearly being a closed door from God.

And then we had a baby...

We continued to pursue moving closer to Georgia without actually being in Georgia. Charles applied for a position in Jacksonville, FL. When he was offered, and accepted, the position we were so excited! We were going to be 4-5 hours from our family! Close enough for easier visits yet far enough away where it was quality time instead of the number of visits. And yet, all doors were closed. He ended up pulling out from that offer after learning it was a mandatory 6 day work week with 10 hour days, as it had been for the last 3 years and was going to be for the next 3-5 years. He would never get to see Little Miss. He would never have the time to make that short drive to visit our family in Georgia. It just wasn't good timing. Him pulling back from that job was one of the hardest decisions we have made as a family and him in his career. Despite this all, one door continued to have a light shine on it though, Georgia. So many people encouraged Charles to look at Atlanta Tower as a possibility...

We accepted Missouri was going to be our home for the next many years. We purchased a house in December 2010 that we love and threw away all the moving boxes that have faithfully moved us since we sold our house in Georgia and moved to Missouri {4 moves if you're not keeping count}. We were here to stay.

Although we have met some great folks here, nothing beats the thought of raising Little Miss around our family {who the majority} are in Georgia. And in April, on our way home from Nashville, TN on our first family of 3 vacation, we did just that. Considered Atlanta as a possibility. We prayed. We talked. We spent countless hours asking God for direction and clarification. And direction He gave- We both feel very strongly that Georgia will be home again. Not sure when. Not sure how. But we know that is the direction we are being led.

We listed our house for sale on June 7. June 8- we had an offer. Less than 24 hours from listing, we had an offer! A couple days of counter offerings and we had an accepted contract on June 10!

In today's market?! Really!?!? How could that be just a coincidence? Nope. That was God at work.

And it gets even more exciting! The contractor that screwed us over... Yeah. It's been a rough go. Anyways, needless to say God made it all right! We are in absolute awe watching God work in our life!

We are set to close on or before August 12... Where we will go to? Not sure yet. Still waiting for God to reveal that part to us as we have no word yet on a transfer for Charles so we wait oh so patiently as we humanly can trying not to screw up the plan by jumping the gun and trying to take charge ourselves.

I share all this for two reasons- The first to give glory to God! We were obedient and moved when we felt led and God followed through. Secondly, not to have questions asked but to ask for prayer on our behalf. It is one thing to fly by the seat of your pants with just you and your spouse but when you add a child to the mix it gets a lot harder to just trust with blind faith. Pray that we will be open to moving when God says move. That we would have an overwhelming peace about it that would calm all humanly questions that will arise.

We are excited to be on this journey and nervous at the same time! God is working, that we have no doubt about!

1 comment:

lifeasdescribed said...

Holy cow woman! You already sold your house?! That's awesome that it was so quick for you. Still sad you'll be leaving us, but I know that's where your heart is, so I totally understand. Will be praying things work out as you hope as soon as possible.