I’m taking a break from posting a DIY this weekend because I have a DIY list a mile long. It’s with a mixed bag of emotions that I announce our family full of stories will be relocating our narration 1200 miles north. We’re moving back to Michigan.
A little over 5 years ago, The Narrator and I embarked on an incredible journey. We had fallen in love with Florida and after our vehicle stranded us in the freezing Michigan cold one Christmas Eve, we started having warmer thoughts. It was an adventure that we knew we’d regret if we didn’t try. It was time to stretch our wings and head out on our own. We moved to this town not knowing a soul, but excited about the opportunities God had presented. It wasn’t easy packing up and leaving everyone and everything we’d ever known, but God met us on the other end in the form of life-long friendships that have blessed us beyond measure. Through it all, the good and the not-so-good, God has grown us in ways I never, ever could have imagined in the past 5 years. He stretched me by teaching me how to open up my home to crowds of people monthly, hosting out-of-town family and friends for weeks at a time, and having 2 different precious gals live with us. I received so much more than I gave in every situation. I became a Mom and experienced pregnancy and motherhood and a sick baby in the hospital surrounded by women who took care of us like family. My life is fuller than I ever could have dreamed. I’ve learned to open my heart and love like never before.
Over the past few months, we began to realize that it might be time to move back. Each time our parents came to visit and the kids had to say goodbye it got harder and harder. I thought that after 5 years the farewells would get easier. Instead, I found myself crying harder each time. It stunk. The climax was last week when we dropped Nana and Papa off at the airport and I drove away with 2 kids in the backseat crying, not understanding why their grandparents couldn’t stay forever. We decided it was time to put out some feelers in regards to moving back home. The thought seemed absurd to us with the economy and housing market in the state that it is – especially in Michigan. We knew it would take an act of God. And that’s what He did – He acted.
A week or two before Christmas The Narrator sent out a few resumes and heard back within a week on one. He didn’t realize until he got an email regarding setting up an interview that he knew the guy he’d be interviewing with. About ten years ago we had worked with his wife and had dinner as couples a few times. We had completely lost touch and had no idea he was now at this company.
The job description fits The Narrator and he’s excited about the vision they are working out. God is in the details, and I plan on making that clear throughout this whole process. Stick around in the coming weeks as I continue to share the little God-details that have blown us away.
I was visiting my Grandma when The Narrator called to say they had offered and he’d accepted. In fact, being at her house when I got the call was a big God-in-the-details moment. That morning after breakfast, Little Miss had asked if we could go visit Great-Grandma “to see if she’s doing better.” We had nothing planned that day, so I called her and we headed down to visit. I had been nervous about telling her we were probably going to move, because I love her so dearly, and it has been such a joy for her to have my kids around. So being there, telling her about the possibility, and then getting the confirmation call while at her house was God’s perfect timing. It was so much easier to tell her in person and for the kids and I to be able hug and love on her. I’m quite certain God prompted Little Miss to ask to go see her that day. I’m glad I listened.
The Narrator will be working remotely until our home sells (another great God-detail). We have a list of things to do before putting a sign in the yard, but we’ll be working through it quickly. We’d appreciate your prayers through this process – the work of selling our home, finding the right realtor and buyer, packing up, and saying the goodbyes that I just can’t think about yet. (Another God-detail, in 3 days, a discount airline begins flying DIRECT from here to there making it so much easier and affordable for us to visit, and our friends to visit us there!!!) And for our kiddos – this is going to be quite an adjustment for 2 little minds and warm-blooded-bred bodies!
As we got into the car to head home that day from Grandma’s, this song was playing in my cd player. It caught my attention and my heart swelled until I thought it would burst with praises to God. Here and there, everywhere we have gone, He has been there directing our steps – even when we took detours and paid the price for it – even when we’ve paid the price for the mistakes of others. Listen. Let me tell you what He’s done for us.