We can’t believe it! I cannot believe that tomorrow afternoon there will be a moving truck arriving at our home to load ‘er up! I must tell you – this is the most pre-packing I’ve ever done with ANY of my moves (and, let me tell you, I’ve had quite my share of moves for my 29 years….in fact, I’m a number kinda girl and now I want to count: Concord-Encinitas-Carmel-Alpharetta-Scottsdale 1-Scottsdale 2-Denton/Dorm1-Denton/Dorm2 – Denton/Apartment – Spain (just a summer, but still)-LongBeach-Gardena-Torrance-Gardena-Casa Schneple-Casa Camden-Home with Hubs – back to Dallas~ going on my 17th move here!) .
Anyways, my dad would be proud…I remember him showing up in Torrance to help my sister and I move to Gardena and we hadn’t packed one thing. We didn’t even had a box – I just figured we could use bags and luggage and such. Needless to say, he was not impressed. However, when one is financially responsible for their own move and how much the pack determines how much they don’t have to pay someone to pack, it really lights a fire under ya! Also, when Kalyb left it turned to be a good distraction to fill the quiet house and quiet my sadness. I almost think it would be harder to stay with all the memories the revolve around Kalyb now.
Another good thing is the fact that I’ve thrown all the tantrums that I could early on in this process. So I went through the angry, feel sorry for myself, don’t wanna go fits throughout most of April and May. I cried a lot thinking of moving and leaving my family and friends…even though my family is great and will do their darndest to get out there as often as they can…and my friends are awesome and they know they’re ‘lifers’ in my book and I’m not against a healthy dose of stalking someone in order to keep in contact. So, it will be okay. All is well with my soul. I’m actually excited about our return to the Lone Star State…in fact, when I left there in 2005, I left with the promise I’d return in two years. Well, six years later I figure it’s about time I make well on that promise! (Is that even a saying? I think it’s something like that, but can’t think of it for sure.) Forgive me, part of my brain has ended up amidst all the boxes we’ve packed.
It is also a sweet, sweet thing to think of the Lord’s provision through all of this – we started praying specifically for $4,000 and for a full-time job for me back in February or so. As you might know from a previous blog, the $4,000 was provided. And then taken away. So I doubted. I questioned. I really didn’t want to go and leave a job that I love. ‘Maybe we’re supposed to go next year?’ Kinda shows my heart a little bit – I trust the Lord as long as circumstances are in my favor, but as soon as they change, I waver. I’m praying about that – for that faith. That faith that doesn’t waver – that knows the calling of the Lord and knows that He is mighty and sovereign and a Provider at His core. Anyways, as we trusted and continued to move forward in planning to go – He provided. We received part of our taxes back that became the money to physically move. Josiah sold his SUV which became his money to pay for tuition (it’s been kinda fun this week playing taxi with each other as we navigate sharing one car). And, off we go! The last day of work here, I had my final interview and a job offer with Life School in Oak Cliff. I will be teaching High School English for students in Special Ed and I will be coaching volleyball and basketball. What a blessing! I absolutely cannot wait to work for my principal and I’m thrilled that the campus is 1.5miles from where we’ll be living – and just so happens to be on the campus where Josiah grew up going to youth group! Talk about full circle! What an interview process that was though. Wore. Me. Out! I stalked the principal when I was in Dallas…she wasn’t there, but called asking me to come back the following day. I obliged. I showed up and she had been called to an emergency meeting but the office staff requested I return after lunch. We went back and as I walked in I heard the office staff cheering that I had returned! I then had a 45 minute conversation with the principal (who I grew to love over that period). As other schools called and interviewed and skyped, I emailed her letting her know I really wanted to work for her and what should I do…she assured me I should keep praying and that if I was supposed to end up there, I would. Yes ma’am.
So, after an informal phone interview with her, a formal phone interview with her, a formal skype interview with the Director of Special Education, an informal phone chat with the head basketball coach, an informal interview with the Athletic Director and a formal phone interview with the assistant Superintendent – I was hired. Apparently they’re pretty thorough. Obviously! I was thrilled to accept the position – even if it means I have to be back in Texas a week early. So, now, instead of a five day rendezvous in Colorado with Josiah’s family and some friends, it’s back to the Big D where I’ll be crashing on the couch of a teammate and getting my feet wet with this new endeavor! I can’t believe the ‘Dicken Tour’ begins tomorrow!! I’m still working summer school and we have a few more things to pack – but then we’re golden!
We’ve also been blessed finding out that Christ for the Nations just began offering a Bachelors program! So, Josiah will be able to finish there in three years with his Bachelors in Practical Ministry! I was looking at the course schedule and I don’t know how long I’ll be able to resist taking some classes for. Just one or two! They look AWESOME! I can’t wait to learn what he’s learning and to live in a community with a bunch of other Christian families (it will be fun for a season) and to just learn, grow, and strengthen each other in our marriage, with our family, and most importantly in our own walks with the Lord. Also, Josiah is still eligible for some of his money from the Army to go towards school – so we’re excited to see how much that will cover.
In the meantime, we’ll keep busy. Here’s our schedule of events (I know you’re just dying to know):
- Thursday – MOVING VAN
- Friday – I finish work then we’re heading up to Orange County with my mom and Jim. We’ll have a going away party here and we’ll be here until Monday
- Monday – drive to Phoenix to spend some time with my Pops and my friends. We’ll have round 3 of going away parties here and then head out on Saturday
- Saturday – drive to El Paso where we’ll meet up with all my dad’s family to continue to celebrate my Gramps’ life as we have his military funeral on Monday
- Tuesday – head up to Canyon where we’ll stay with Josiah’s sister and family until Thursday
- Thursday – fly to Detroit to see all of my mom’s family and celebrate my Grandma’s 93rd birthday and many other things~I’ll be leaving a day early to return to Dallas
- Monday – I fly home to Dallas to start work Tuesday morning
- Tuesday – I start work as Josiah flies to Colorado to spend time with his family until Saturday at which time he’ll drive back to Canyon with Nichole and then Sunday he’ll drive back to Dallas to meet back up with me!!
- Monday, August 8th – I continue with work and Josiah gets to check us into CFNI. Perhaps we’ll have the moving truck drop our belongings off on this day?
- Tuesday, August 9th – WE WILL CELEBRATE OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!