Yep you read that right, we are moving!! If you are finding out from our blog and not from my voice I sincerely apologize. Believe me when I say I have a mental list of people I wanted to personally tell, but preparing to move while raising a baby is proving to be a little time consuming. If this is coming out of left field for you welcome to the club, it hit us like a tidal wave, but a really good refreshing one. I am going to attempt to explain what’s going on while keeping it brief enough to give you a shot at actually finishing this post.
As many of you know we were going to go on a church plant to Peoria Illinois in 2011 (if you are new to the blog or want to reread my letter to the plant team in 2010 here it is) At the time there was one thing keeping us from going, a job for Andrew. Now we see it differently and we feel confident that we came to Austin for a purpose. That purpose has been fulfilled, as far as we can tell, and it’s time to reunite our bodies with our hearts in Peoria.
While living here we continued to keep in touch with Ben and Tina and they kept challenging us to consider leaving Austin and move to Peoria. I kept saying we were not even considering moving and they might as well just give up asking. When we moved to Austin we really thought we moved here for life. We bought a house, started a family and really enjoyed spending time with my siblings and watching Big H grow up. But our hearts were never at home here and we lived in a state of unrest. One night after Tina e-mailed me some job postings for Andrew I went to bed and
cried sobbed myself to sleep. At that point in time that just wasn’t an option, but we wanted it to be, the timing just wasn’t right.
In October I felt The Lord stirring my heart. And a still small voice told me to start packing. Um what? So I did. I started purging our house, organizing, and every time a box came into our house I packed it up. In November we went home for Thanksgiving and scheduled our trip around going to the Peoria Vineyard on Sunday before we left. That morning I got a text that the worship leader was out with the flu and could I get there in time to practice and co-lead with Jenna? At first I said no and then Andrew said, let’s do it. We rushed there and I’m so glad we did. While leading I will Trust You I had this overwhelming feeling of being exactly where I was supposed to be. I felt at home, truly at home for the first time in over 2 years and we started seeking out a way to get there.
Little did we know our ticket home would come the following Tuesday!! Andrew went back to work and his boss asked if he had any “aha moments” while on vacation. He said well I need to move my family back to Illinois. His boss without hesitation said,” well you know this goes without saying, but you can keep your job and move to Illinois and work from home.” Uh no we didn’t know that! Andrew texted me and I was cautiously optimistic about our future. I wasn’t feeling confident about this because I wasn’t actually in the office for the conversation. On January 6th I met Andrew’s boss and a co worker and we talked about the relocation, I went home feeling excited about the future and sure that it really was going to happen.
We told our families and started getting our house prepped to move. We are meeting with our realtor at the end of this week and hope to have our house on the market by the end of the month. Please pray for a quick sale. We have a house “picked out” in Illinois so a speedy house sale would give us a better shot at getting that house. Obviously if that doesn’t work out there will be another house for us, but we really do want to get this show on the road. In the meantime we are enjoying Austin, loving time with friends and family and soaking up the sun. I was re-reading our blog the other day and stumbled upon this post.
I feel like we finally have some answers. Not that we deserved answers, but I feel like He has been shedding some light on the past two years. Maybe someday soon I’ll share some of that, but for today I’ll leave you with this truth. God is good, all the time, no matter what and His timing is not always ours.