...Of the Country.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
In the last few months I have hinted around about big things happening in the La Vida Dulce household.
The Mister and I have been praying over some big decisions that we needed to make since before the New Year.
I have been wanting to write about them, but because of the sensitive nature of my husbands job, (and the fact that he works for an often slow moving government: and all the military wives said "Amen!") I didn't want to bring y'all in the know until everything was completely official.
If you are new to La Vida Dulce, then you may not know that we are a military family who has moved all across the southern part of the country. Since 1996 we have moved five times.
In less than seven short weeks, we will move again.
Sixteen months ago we jumped on an opportunity to move to The Desert Town where both The Mister and I had been raised. We were excited to get back, but we were also very sad to leave our home in North Carolina.
We knew that this is where we needed to be, and yet were very confused when our house in NC wouldn't sell. We prayed and hoped, but things never worked out the way we planned.
God orchestrated the renting of our NC house to an empty-nester couple who are friends of ours. It worked out perfectly, unlike anything we could have put together our self (as God's plans tend to work).
I am intentionally being vague when I tell you that after several months of working at this job, it became clear that The Mister didn't want to retire here, so he began to see what opportunities would open up within the next year.
Imagine our surprise when there was an opportunity in NC, in the same town we had lived in before!
I am excited to tell you that we are moving back to NC in less than seven short weeks. Back into The House That Would Not Sell; The home I adored.
One of the things that is hard about moving is leaving family and friends behind. There is an excitement on our part to look forward to a new adventure (especially this time when we know a little bit of what that adventure looks like), but we are also awesomely aware that those who are left behind are often left with a void that isn't easily filled.
Many years ago, when I realized that my marriage would most likely require a lot of moving, I made a decision to make my home "any place The Mister had to go." Because home is not really about where you are living, but who you are living with.
I believe that this attitude (which came through learning the hard way) is why I have enjoyed friendships all over the country. Getting involved in the lives of others is sometimes painful, and yet it is one of the greatest joys of being a military family.
So now begins what I call the "Time for Goodbyes". It's a bittersweet time. Although this time it doesn't seem quite so bad because I know I will be back here to visit, whereas the other places we have lived I never knew when the opportunity to go back for visits would come.
It's at times like this that I am grateful for this platform, because things here will be the same...and my friends around the country can still have a cup of coffee with me as they visit the blog...
Now comes the busy time as we plan logistically for another trip across the country. It is certain to bring lots of blogging fodder and excitement!
La Vida Dulce!