So as you can see (from the entry below) I just finished, and reviewed a book for Thomas Nelson. This book was young adult Christian fiction! It was phenomenal and I highly recommend it.
Well, tomorrow is the day. We will get a list of places in the continental United States that we could live. A list of between 2 and 7 cities. 2 and 7 little words that each represent a new life. A new state, city, neighborhood, and way of life. 2 and 7 words that will alter the course of our lives.
To be honest neither one of us knows how to feel! We are desperate to hear and scared of it at the same time. What if the list comes out and every single base on it is one we really DON’T want to live at? We definitely have preferences but we’re not being picky either. We would like to be close enough to home to drive there so that when Ryan is deployed I can load up the dogs and go home to visit family. We want to avoid the high priced areas such as California and New Hampshire. We would like to avoid the very scariest of neighborhoods like D.C. So basically somewhere in the middle would be great, that’s a lot of choices left. But what if THOSE bases we don’t want are the ONLY bases on our list! EEEEEKKKK!
In the end it doesn’t matter though… we’ll get the list tomorrow and then we’ll have our few choices… We’ll submit then again in the order we would like most and just 29 short days later we’ll have orders in hand and that will be that.
There is no point in worrying about something that we can not change. No point in spending time weeping that the sky is blue when we should be spending time getting prepared (physically, mentally, and spiritually) for living with that metaphorically blue sky.
We trust our Father in heaven to place us where we need to be.
I can vividly remember the moment when we found out that we were coming to Germany.
I did not… errr…. exactly handle it with grace. In fact I believe there was a great deal of tears along with some flailing of fists and feet. In short I threw a full blown temper tantrum. There was a very interesting week of adjustment before I calmed down! I pretty much threw a hissy fit… Not pretty, not very adult, and very me! LOL
What did that get me? Well I can answer that in one word. HERE
No matter how much I dragged my heels, beat my chest, cried, or raved I’m still here in Germany. In the end I simply could not change it and this move will be no different.
You know what? God knew what he was doing when he put us here! (Big shock right?) Germany has been a true adventure! Of course I’m done now… You all know that… I’m in the midst of my third dark winter… the Euro is up and money is tight… I’m ready to go home… but if I take off that hat and look at my time here objectively I can say without any tint of falsehood that this is one of the best things that ever happened to Ryan and I!
We would have never traveled on our own… We have seen things we never knew we wanted to see, we have experienced things we never knew existed… we have learned and we have grown. Our marriage is stronger and we, as people, are more complete. It has been a great experience. One neither of us would miss… or change.
The next place will be the same for us… Not because it will be special but because we will go there with that attitude! Every place we ever go will be an adventure! Simply because we’ll make it one.
So with that I’ll say goodbye…
P.S. I’ll be back tomorrow to let you all know what our list has to offer! Look for me in about 24 hours time!