Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It's Official - We're Moving Home!

So the big plan we've had in the works for awhile now is finally happening and we couldn't be more excited!  In just a week and a half, we'll be loading up all of our stuff and hitting the road to move home.  We have been living in Ohio for over two and a half years now, and we've really grown to love the area and have made some amazing friends.  We live just northeast of Columbus in a beautiful small town that we love.  Columbus is a great city and it's really the best of both worlds to have all the amenities of C-bus close by, but with the slower pace (less traffic!) of a small town.  The move here was never intended to be temporary, but sometimes you make plans only to find out that the Master Planner has other ideas for you!

The hardest part of our move here was leaving great friends and family behind.  Michigan will always be "home" to us and we felt that every time we visited.  We also were unable to sell our house when we moved.  The market in our area was really hit hard, so not wanting to take on an additional mortgage we've been living in an apartment while our house is on the market.  Moving from a house to an apartment definitely wasn't our first choice, but it was never really a big deal until we had Carys.  Especially now that she is getting more mobile, the lack of a backyard for her to play in has been really tough.  Scott and I were blessed to both have great jobs, but the stress of maintaining living arrangements in two different states was really taking it's toll.  We had been praying and praying that our house would sell, and that we could get settled in one area.  In the midst of those prayers an unexpected opportunity arose.  Well, unexpected to us, I really believe that this is exactly God's answer to our prayers - just His answer, not ours!  After hearing about a possibility to return home, I really asked God to open the door for us if it was His will.  And after waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more, He opened the door.  Scott will be returning to work with a team that he has always missed, I will still have the opportunity to stay home with Carys, and we'll be moving back into our first home that we love.  It is unbelievable to me how things have fallen into place and I'm ever more confident in the verse that has always encouraged me during difficult times...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

We truly feel like a weight has been lifted and are so thankful for this opportunity.  Now we can't wait to get settled in our new-old home.

In Bug News this is what we've been up to...
going for walks,

trying a bite of Mom's nectarine,

deciding Mom didn't need anymore and eating the whole thing, 
(for not having any teeth yet, this girl sure can eat)

and trying to stay cool playing inside.

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