We had no idea what the year would bring, but looking back, it has been full of so many emotions. The first few months we shed many tears, as we adjusted to life without those things familiar to us. We met new people, made new friends, stumbled our way through unfamiliar territory. I recall one evening both Lucas and I were in tears...just wanting "home" again. We missed our little home in Bradford, our cozy basement with the wood stove...those things so familiar...we still miss it at times.
I remember feeling like I just wanted to talk to someone who "knew" me, so I wouldn't have to explain everything about myself. Someone who knew who I was, where I came from, who my family was, and all the other details we know about one another when we've been friends for life! I remember my heart aching for my children as I watched them struggle too...making new friends, being the new kid on the block, a new school, new church, new everything. We do still miss our sleepy town of Bradford, being able to walk a couple of blocks to the library, school, Great Grandpa and Grandma's, the swimming pool...any farther than that, and you would've been out the other side of town!
As the year progressed, the tears became fewer, and although we still have/had times when we longed for home (Illinois), we find our hearts glad to call Connecticut home. Without a doubt and with much thanksgiving, we serve a God who is faithful to us...we've been stretched beyond our comfort, but those stretches have made us realize we need our Father more than we ever thought before. We can be more than we think we are capable of, we CAN be what He makes us to be, because He can make our impossible, reality!!
Yes, we shed tears, but we also have shared laughs, smiles, new experiences, made new friends, and even though I think Illinois will always have a special place in our hearts, not one of us would take back the year we've been given. If we could have the best of both worlds, I think we would. But instead, we have a whole new world opened to us here, and now we have two places to call home. We have family and friends in Illinois, and those in Connecticut who have adopted us as family and call us friends. We have been so blessed by this past year, and we are anxious to see what the future holds. Whether good, or bad, we have the assurance of our God walking beside us each step of the way.
Merry Christmas 2014...we headed "home" last Tuesday December 23. We packed up the van and headed out just after 5 am. We would be making the trip by car for the first time since we had moved. While we were excited to see everyone, we were a little anxious about how the trip would go. We had a full week planned, and just 7 short days to drive 2000 miles and pack in 3 Christmases plus a few extra activities! Here is our week in pictures...
We had a super trip...the kids did AWESOME! When we stopped for breakfast about 8:30 Tuesday morning, we told the kids that we were 1/4 of the way done with our day. Halle told me the last 3 hours had only felt like 1 minute! Wowsers!
Lots of love and hugs from CT!!