I guess I should finally reveal the reason for the break in work, for those that aren’t already in the know.
If you know me well, this comes as no surprise to you at all because you’ve heard this story… a lot! And I so appreciate those who have been on this journey and are just as excited as we are to see it unfold. For others, it’s just plain mind boggling. That’s okay a lot of things in life are hard for me to understand as well, and I know it’s not for everyone. For me I see this happening all the time and admire those who can pull it off. I’ve often sit and day dreamed about being one of those families. Never really thinking about how crazy people really think you are when you take this leap of faith. I guess that’s why I’m so fearful of saying this out loud! ACK! I’m not crazy in the least, I don’t think? I mean really, who picks up their family and moves them across the world for a year (don’t freak, it’s just a year) when we have it so well here in America? Believe me, I’ve asked myself over and over and nearly have to pinch myself because I’m in aww that it’s actually happening. It’s not like we are moving to the South of France to frolic in the French countryside. Although that sounds like a little bit of heaven. We are actually moving to India, and are so excited about this challenge! Sure it will be hard, we aren’t naive to that at all. No doubt it will come with plenty of challenges, but that’s what makes it all the more rewarding. Michael and I have both been on trips that came with a few kinks, and it’s made the experience all the more worthwhile. So thankful that we have our faith to rely on, during trying times. Leaving friends and family behind won’t be easy, but with today’s technology and social media, you’ll hardly notice we’re gone. You will be able to follow our journey here – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I plan to also share about India here on the blog. The people, the culture, and the history with lots of pictures, of course, to follow our journey. I want to share what captivated me several years ago and how I became so intrigued by India. Maybe even a little writing will come out of it, I’m completely open to where this journey is leading.
What in the world you ask? I’ll give you a minute to pick your jaw up off the floor.
Several years ago I felt the nudging from God to go to Africa, I put my faith and trust in Him and went. And it was dang hard at first to C.O.M.P.L.E.T.E.L.Y trust Him and let go of doing things my way. I was perfectly content, just flat out ignoring the command to go. I would continually say to myself I trusted Him, but my actions didn’t align. It just wasn’t something I was comfortable with so I wasn’t going to do it. It wasn’t until I fully decided to let go and let God do His mighty work in me, that I had an overwhelming peace and comfort about seeking His will and not my own. This peace comes from the only one who could give it and it’s just the best feeling to have and always a delight to share. You know it’s God working because it’s not anything you would allow yourself to feel on your own. I have continued to be blessed by allowing Him to lead me on several other journeys since Africa and will continue to praise His Holy name in any direction He sends me. He just happens to be pulling our hearts to India, he has been for some time now. We just never get enough out of short trips and are always eager for more.
I’m a photographer – I was once was a travel agent, worked for an airline, loved world geography my whole life, and continually inspired by humanitarian and travel photographers – does what we are doing still come as a surprise? It shouldn’t, I don’t think we give God enough credit sometimes. He didn’t just decide on a whim that this would be a good idea. As I look back it’s something that He’s been working on for quiet awhile, and not just in me but in my family as well. Let’s not forget the people that we have continually met that have been an important part of this puzzle. So grateful to know each and every one of them and so thankful to have crossed paths. Thinking about it all leaves me completely amazed! I believe God has a plan for my life and if I’m willing to be obedient, He will bless me with more experiences than I can imagine. More so than any of the comforts of home and daily routine can offer. So the timing is now, and we’ve been shown this for over a year now. It just takes time to get things into place and prepare something like this. His timing is perfect.
Our goal is to be in India by January. We still have a lot to do on our “to-do” list but are ready to get this show on the road. One huge difference for us is having Michael with us every day and all to ourselves! Count your blessings if your husband is home by 6pm and has weekends off. Michael has worked 10-12 hour days, 6 days a week for the last 16 years of our 17 year marriage, we deserve this much needed time as a family. We feel this opportunity is a gift, and to go and be immersed in a new culture and new surroundings is something many truly dream about. Since we’ve been parents we’ve always said we wanted our children to be blessed by experiencing the world God created. We want them to be humble human beings that have seen how the world truly lives and has compassion towards others. Our prayer for them is that they continue to grow strong in their faith and be obedient to going where God calls.
You can bet I’m going to soak in every moment of this journey, our kids are growing so fast and will be gone in a heartbeat. As a mother I want to spend as much quality time as possible, exploring, and experiencing new things – together. Not having the busyiness of everyday life that we have here is what my soul just loooongs for! Gosh I can’t tell you how long I’ve dreamed of this. I know some thrive on their children’s little league or dance schedule, but not this gal. Just a simple life, caring and loving on others. The memories we create from this experience is going to be our greatest treasures. And one year out of our lives will flash in a blink, but oh how I hope not. You’ll get to follow along on our new journey of home schooling as well. Any advice or tips on this is much needed and welcome.
If you have any questions please feel free to email us, we would love to share more. Or like I mentioned continue to follow us along this journey here. We would love to have you along.
Stay tuned for updates as we prepare to go!
Blessings to you all!