When we told the kids we were moving to Kentucky Amelia started telling everyone we were moving to "Tucky." Elijah and Vanessa tried correcting her, but it didn't work and Tucky stuck. We've finally made it here. We arrived about 6 weeks ago and it's been a blur. 6 weeks ago feels like a yesterday and a year ago all at the same time.
We've gone non stop since we arrived. Caleb started work at one of the busiest times and had a fast approaching deadline for 10 projects when he started. I've been trying to stay afloat working on getting the house in order, taking care of Everly, and all the children as they adjust to living so far away from everything that is familiar. As you can imagine we've had our fair share of hard days, but when I look at all that's taken place in the last couple months since we took the job, had a baby, and moved across country, I'm really in awe of God's kindness to us and know it's His strength that sustains us.
I have some catching up to do, but I want to remember all of our adventure so I'm going to work writing back from when we first left our home in Idaho. We stayed with my parents our last week there. It was a week full of good and hard. Caleb worked tirelessly to pack up the pods and most nights didn't get into bed until 1 or 2 in the morning. Elijah finished his last week at school. I was busy with Everly and the girls and tying up loose ends. Emotions were high with so many good-byes and little sleep. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be to walk the children through all of their feelings while dealing with my own. When we walked Elijah out from school on his last day (we left school a week early) he slipped his hand in mine and quietly cried the whole way down the hall. We had an incredible first year of school and it's left a huge hole in our hearts. I worked hard to be strong for the kids and not let them see how hard saying good bye was and is for me, while also showing them it's okay to be sad and cry. It's not an easy thing to maneuver in the midst of it. I was reminded continually of my weakness. It kept me humbling relying on God.
As hard as our last week was, it was also a very precious time to me, that I'm very thankful for. My mom and I worked hard together and laughed a lot as we got things done. She was and is always encouraging me in my walk with the Lord. She was always giving me bible verses and knew exactly what to say and when to say it. We talked a lot about grieving well and not sinning in the midst of our sadness.
Caleb had the opportunity to officiate his first wedding. It was a great night. Caleb loved being apart of such a special time in our dear friends lives. Vanessa and Amelia were flower girls and thought it was the greatest thing. All three kids couldn't wait for the dancing so I stayed later with them and Caleb took Everly home. I really enjoyed some time with the older three since most of my time was going to Everly. They danced and danced. Elijah came over on his own and asked me to dance with him. It as precious. On our way home they asked if we could go to the wedding again the next day. It was a great night.
We made sure we had time to say good bye to our close friends and even though no one loves good byes, it was good to see them all and let them know how much we loved them.
We tried to get in as much time with my grandparents as we could. And the kids made lists of things they wanted to do before we left. Favorite restaurants and parks were visited. It was interesting to hear the places that mattered most to them.
Someone shared with me Acts 17:26 "having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being." I've thought on this verse so many times, that God determined the amount of time for each place we will live and the boundaries for where we will live, and the purpose in it...that we might seek him and find him. It has carried me through times of second guessing what we are doing.
On our way...