|Looking like the letter "L" in hubby's size 12 boots.|
We are moving to Texas in spring 2014! To honor this momentous decision, I dug into the back of my closet and put on the only "western" shirt I have and jumped into a pair of my husband's huge cowboy boots and did a little posing for him. He graciously took some pictures for me, and one for himself that I did not know about....because I was facing the OTHER direction. Ahem.
How do I feel about this new plan for our lives?
Colbert expresses it perfectly.
It has been a veeery long 3 years since we lost our jobs here, and the sense of confusion, loss and limbo have been tough. You have read the crazy ups and downs, complainings and rejoicings along the way as I have blogged my way through this time of transition. Thank you for the encouraging words and reminders to see God's hand in each day.
If someone had suggested a year ago that we leave our beloved California and move to Texas, my answer would have been a strongly stated "No way!". And to be truthful, the idea was suggested and that was the answer given. I am a Cali girl, born in San Francisco and lived in Northern California for all of my 58 years. I love the redwoods, the ocean and the perfect weather. I also love the open attitude and relaxed personality that California exudes, for the most part.
But OH MY GOODNESS, I am SO ready to start over in a new place! Beautiful Cali is killing us financially and we want to be near our married son and daughter-in-law. Two very important reasons to make this huge change. We hope to live in a town near Writer Son and the delightful Sassy Bride! YAY!!
How in the world did I get from "No way!" to dancing a jig of happiness and "Let's do this!"? Maybe you recall a post at the end of August called "Conversation Under the Stars". (Several of the comments mentioned the idea that a change may be around the corner. You knew more than I did.) I wrote about how the Hubs and I had both been praying in the spirit for a few days and had no idea why. For a translation from the underlined christianese to english, click the words.
About 7 weeks ago we had another backyard chat that began with the Hubs saying, "I've been thinking." I love those! He said that maybe we should seriously consider moving to Texas to be near the kids next year.
Here is where the miracle happened....I jumped at the idea! I said a clear and definite YES! In fact it may have scared him a bit. But I was thrilled and excited and immediately happy at the idea. By the next morning there were lists being scribbled and online searches for homes had begun. Ha! Poor man. He convinced me to slow down and begin by concentrating on getting rid of our accumulated
Several weeks later I did some dot-connecting. I realized that the conversation under the stars happened just a few days before the big decision. I believe there is a direct connection between the two happenings. When we pray in the spirit, we are praying without confusion or human agenda. It is true "Your will be done" kind of praying. I think that the last stubborn obstacles in me were removed, and the strength to decide were added to him as we prayed. Holy Spirit did some major re-arranging inside each of us and the result is pure joy. CRAZY!!
I am still going to leave us a backdoor though. I am not saying that God told us to move to Texas. It feels right. It seems to make sense and also to make no sense at all (which sounds like God's way pretty often.) The true gift of this experience is that we have been jolted out of our season of limbo and blankness. Texas may be the landing place for us. It could be somewhere else, but we know we have to move, and we are doing all we can to be ready to do that when the time is right. I believe that God is in this change of attitude and action.
Woo-hoo! Let's do this thing!!
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