In about a week (next Wed), we will be on a plane to Australia! If you can imagine, my time is being spent wrapping up big and small tasks (like selling two cars!!), but most importantly, saying farewell to friends. This process has been interesting to me and I have many thoughts about it. As I laid in bed the other night, it hit me, “Oh my gosh we are moving to another country! I am leaving some wonderful friends and communities that have embraced and loved me!” This made me sad and a bit fearful of the unknown. But then shortly after these thoughts, I was reminded that I have done this before when I left Connecticut, where I grew up. I left my parents and some dear friends. When I was last there saying bye to my best friend in October, our farewell was cheerful, yet we did not know when we would see each other again. Recalling that this is the case with many of my friends all over the globe, I felt comforted. As I say bye daily to friends, I am also discovering my impact on them. I am receiving heartfelt cards, hearing beautiful words of how I’ve made a difference in their lives, and receiving thoughtful gifts. As I was driving home from my last play date with one of my close mommy friends today, I realized that this is the closest I will get to hearing how others felt about me aside from at my funeral. I feel so blessed that I get this chance for friends to wrap things up with me by expressing their feelings and thoughts. Although I talk deeply with my friends and know about what’s going on in each others’ lives, rarely do we get “mushy.” I am so thankful to experience it! Lastly, I am reminded how important it is to love and encourage people as much as I can despite the quantity of time I have with them. Some of my good friends now are ones I made within the last year. When I told them we were moving when we first met, they could have easily decided not to invest time in our friendship (like some chose to do). Rather, we made the best of the short time we had together and learned from one another and enjoyed a new friendship that will continue despite the distance. I am thankful to the gals who made me feel like I was worth it because I can see the purpose in our friendships.
So what’s the wisdom in this post? Be a good and loving friend always, whenever you get the chance! What you leave in people’s hearts is more valuable than anything! It is part of your legacy.
Yes, that’s right- we are moving to Gold Coast, Australia! Effective August 27, 2014! After much thought, reflection, and prayer, we feel led to move our family of three (with 100 cubic feet of boxes and four suitcases) abroad. Call us crazy? I’m sure many do! Call us planners and dreamers? That’s more like it! Daniel desires and is motivated to join his family’s property management business and to be his own boss. In the future, we hope this approach will afford him/ us flexibility and resources to take time off to do mission work, travel, and be more present in our child/ren’s lives. And of course retire early! 😁 As well, we will be near his family and Zane will grow up with his cousins. I feel led to support and encourage his dreams and to be the best woman, wife, and mother while walking alongside him. I know God also has additional plans for me, like lead other women to Christ, so I too am looking forward to the journey ahead. We are not naive to know that the road before us will present many challenges, that is without doubt. But we also know that through trials, we will grow strong in the Lord, ourselves, and our marriage. The steps we have taken thus far to make this dream and decision a reality were many. And interestingly, God has opened every door to make it smooth and filled with His provisions and beauty. We sold our home within a week and had the opportunity to select buyers we wanted to love on our house. We are now friends with them and our Christine (the home) is becoming even more beautiful under their care. Even little things, like coming across shipping boxes… As I was driving to a friends’ house, a man was putting ALL his used boxes on the front lawn for someone to take for free. He packed up our car to the brim and bid me farewell. There are many more examples of how I’ve seen God work in this move. Most of all, when I asked God if this was His will, His response was, “What else more do you need [in Australia], if you’ve got Me.” So very true, God! I don’t need friends right away or the comforts of what I know here if my relationship with God is intimate. As we wrap things up here in San Diego, I am savoring each moment with friends and trying to give thanks for this wonderful community we will leave behind. As one of my friends put it, I have the skills and knowledge now to be able to set up a new community in my new home country. And further, this beautiful chapter of our lives here in San Diego has produced forever friends. Lastly, saying farewell (for now) to friends has been a meaningful opportunity to feel the magnitude of love from others, which has been overwhelming.
(I hope to still blog twice or so a week with last week being an off week. Stay tuned!)
I rarely find time to thank God for my good health. And for my immediate family’s good health. Rarely are we in the hospitals and having to take medicine daily. I should be so grateful! The problem is, I take my good health for granted until it goes downhill and I am reminded of what I’ve been enjoying without gratitude. Since last Wednesday, Zane has been sick. In the middle of his sickness, I got sick. And then Daniel now has symptoms of it. This is the first of its kind in our household where everyone has been taken down by a cold. Typically I am always the healthy one even though I live and breathe Zane. Since being sick on Sunday, I have been forced to stray completely away from my task list and do nothing except rest. To lay in bed staring at the ceiling is quite boring. I tried building my relationship with God and couldn’t even find the words to begin a conversation. Laying in bed did allow me to think a few things. I’m thankful I’m not on bed rest or homebound daily. My busy body and social nature would be quite sad. Also, I’m thankful I have Daniel and Gigi who will watch Zane so I can rest. Kudos to parents who are sick and have to take care of a child/ren on their own who are well or worst, sick too! My patience and tolerance towards Zane during this week was zero! Poor child. I had no energy to play or discipline him effectively. Thank God for help! Lastly, thank God that our family only has a cold. Although medicine cannot cure us, we know in due course it will go away. Soon we will be ourselves again. And back to order. So as I am getting well again, I’m giving thanks for the new ounce of energy I have to do something, and giving in to less productivity as I rest. Isn’t it crazy that it takes discipline to rest?! And that we go about our lives assuming our health and body will work in our favor always?!
I encourage you to take care of yourselves and be thankful for your good health!