This past week has been incredibly full. Full of packing, cleaning, sorting, storing, remembering, laughing, crying, and saying farewell. We are now fully in transition. Yesterday we drove with the kids through the camp property sharing memories of our two years (exactly 2 years!) in this place. We enjoyed so many new experiences, met amazing people, built lasting friendships, and lived deeply. We held nothing back and we have no regrets. Finally, we walked through our empty house then huddled in the living room for a tearful prayer of gratitude.
This sounds kind of dramatic as I write it. And as I lived it these past two months, it actually was intense. This chapter of our lives was both amazing and heart-breaking. So much growth took place in our entire family. The kids went to new schools, a new church, and lived in a new home for the first time ever.
*Celina learned how to ride a bike, become a rockstar reader, and learned to be more independent!
*Bethany is thriving in middle school, joined the dance team, and is becoming a young woman!
*AJ has grown in confidence, worked his first job (shoveling snow), and gone through a voice change!
*Joe stepped into a new role (after 17 years as a youth pastor) and I must say he rocked it! I watched him thrive and grow in his gifts of generosity, connection, and preaching the Word of God with power!
It's easy to love all of the amazing parts of life, but I can honestly say that in spite of the deep heartache, I would never remove this chapter from our lives. It is part of our story, part of what God is using to shape each of us into the men and women He wants us to be. I am so thankful He knows what's next and, therefore, He knows exactly how to equip us!
Many have asked where we moved since we are now officially out of our camp housing. As I said at the beginning, we are now in transition! Here's what it looks like for the next few months. (If you want to read more head over to Joe's blog.)
*We are house and dog-sitting for a couple in our church. They are in Florida until March 25.
*March 27-29 we will be in Flint, MI where Joe is speaking at an all-nighter as well as preaching at the Sunday morning service.
*We return to Michigan on April 16 and will be living in a mother-in-law apartment of a couple we met through the camp until the end of the school year. This allows us to keep the kids in their schools!
*June 19 I leave for my mission trip to Thailand while Joe and the kids head out west. I will meet up with them after my trip. We have two nephews and one niece getting married in California and will also be taking some vacation, visiting family, and continue support-raising if needed.
Thank you for following the journey, caring about our family, and supporting all of us through words of encouragement, prayers, gift cards, and even cash. You have truly been God's love in visible and tangible forms.
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