For a pastor’s family, the three cannot be separated. And that, my friends, is what makes change so stinkin’ tough sometimes.
Yes, we’re moving.
It’s still a bit surreal, to be honest. We didn’t go looking for this. It came looking for us. But, a few months ago, I did tell a friend that I knew change was coming. I just didn’t know at the time that it would be this kind of change.
For the longest time, we could only think of what we’d be leaving. The peacefulness of a small town. The beauty of farm life. The amazing family we have here in Almyra. Oh my goodness, do we love this church family! And we have no doubt in our minds that they love us. I can’t tell you how precious it is to hear church members talk about how proud they are of my husband and to see them love on my children.
Because of that, we didn’t want to make the decision to leave. Even on the Sunday we were heading to the new church in view of a call, a part of us wanted to head back to Almyra instead! But, everywhere we turned, God kept confirming that we were supposed to go. So, we prayed that He would give us a sense of what we would be going toward. And oh, did He ever!
We knew we’d be moving much closer to Little Rock and to opportunities for our children like a real, live AHG troop and other enrichment opportunities.
But, on the Sunday we met the whole of the new church family, I realized that I would not lose seeing church members share pride in my husband. And my children would still be loved on. And we’d definitely “fit” into this church family from a ministerial/serving in the body perspective.
Add to that the fact that the kids will be surrounded by other homeschoolers – YES, we’ll be in a community and church with other homeschoolers for the first time ever! – and it really makes for a sweet attraction.
Pretty quickly after we made the official announcement yesterday morning (although most, if not all, of our church family knew by that time), Olivia posted this on Facebook. I think she sums it up pretty well:
We are going to be moving at the end of this month, so please pray for us as we try to find a house and get packed. This transition is very hard for us, but we are looking forward to making new friends. We feel that God has called us to move, but it has been very emotional for us. Please pray as we say goodbye to Almyra. I love y'all and you have been like family to me. Thanks for encouraging me and guiding me in God's ways as I grow up. I will miss y'all so much!!!!!Please do pray with us over the housing situation. We want to search well and not just settle because of desperation to make a quick move. But, it still IS a quick move, as May 31 will be our last Sunday here, and we need a house to move into the first week of June. So, pray for wisdom and perfect provision!
And now, back to purging. Because we have WAY too much stuff to live with, much less move!