Because life wasn’t busy enough writing books and editing books and celebrating anniversaries and going on cruises I thought you should know . . . WE’VE MOVED!
We = hubby and me. And our lemon tree. (We don’t have pets.) Oh, and this happened yesterday. That’s . . . just . . . *dies*. We’re not stressed at all. NOT AT ALL!
Truly, though, we’re not stressed (even though my eye has been twitching for the past four days.) We are focused because we know we are following God’s direction. In fact, the moment He said, “Time to move,” He threw every single door open. This has all happened over the past three months.
Where are we?
You might be wondering . . .
Hubby and I moved to Missouri. No big deal, just an 1,100 mile move. 😵 (By the way, I totally read The Fellowship of the Ring aloud to hubby on the drive. It was epic.) We packed up our lives, sold the remains of our pack-rat childhoods, and now find ourselves in the humid midwest surrounded by cicada sounds and more family. This is the home state of hubby’s family and, coincidentally, where we met. Despite its melting summers and bug armies, I have many fond memories here and I’m excited to create new ones. Particularly because:
- So many authors live around here!! Now that I’m here, I’m learning how many of my author friends live nearby! Coffee dates! Writing talk! Fellowship! AWESOME GEEKNESS! *hyperventilates*
- God has made it clearer than crystal (forgive the cliche) that He wants us to be here. That means awesome things are going to happen.
- Hubby is working his dream job. A wife couldn’t ask for anything more.
But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that leaving our Idaho community and family was about as easy as shredding my heart on a cheese grater. We plan for many visits and phone calls. What a blessing to have eternity with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. 🙂
What are we doing?
Hubby will be working with college students in a campus ministry and I’ll be write-write-writing and edit-edit-editing like I always am. In fact, Missouri is where the whole Out of Time Series began. I started writing A Time to Die one month after moving here for graduate school and even placed Parvin’s hometown in the same state. I studied the nature here and the weather, adding in details and little pricks to our senses. As we drove up, I felt the familiar writing inspiration hit me.
Tomorrow may very well be a writing day. (Or maybe a day of unpacking, but still…)
Moving is a big deal.
Change can be hard for anyone. (Especially when it involves hauling a piano into a little U-haul trailer.) We’ve spent the majority of our marriage living in Idaho, so it’s quite the upheave to come back to Missouri. We have some ideas of how or lives will change, and we have hopes for a specific type of community we hope to find. But most of all, I’ve been dwelling on one of my favorite sections of scripture:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. [Jer 29:11-12]
If you have a signed copy of my book, A Time to Die, you might see this Scripture reference in there. It’s because poor Parvin had her life upheaved almost right from the start, and yet she found comfort in seeking out God’s purpose — God’s shalom.
I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. [Isaiah 42:6-7]
Change can be hard, but God designed hubby and me to thrive off of it. We like change and growth and discovering new things. (We’re adventurers, remember?) But we thrive off of change mostly when we’re in God’s will and it’s completely soaked in prayer. And that’s what this move is. 😀
It’s a short blog post today because I’m busy trying to figure out how to work while settling in to our new town, awaiting our new little rental house to open up for us. But I thought I’d update my precious readers and friends. So here you have it. In short:
- We’ve moved to Missouri
- I plan to write all this month
- We miss our Idaho community
- We are ecstatic for the growth God has in store for us.
- I’m totally obsessing over the lightning bugs here.
How do you do with change?
How many times have you moved in your life?