In a nutshell, after much prayer and many, many months of taking long walks together down our beautiful country lanes talking it over, my husband and I decided to take a gigantic leap of faith: Pace gave up his position at our church, so that we could move to North Idaho to start a church on our own. We'd been at our church and in Texas over 15 years; all my friends and most of my closest family lived there, and Pace was in a very good, very secure position. It was so hard to consider the reality of stepping back from all of that, in order to take on something so fragile and uncertain.
|This is us about when we started considering our big move, April 2013|
We pulled out of Texas in late February, after hugging too many friends and family goodbye, and my poor kids' hearts were absolutely broken. But we knew this is the path God has been leading us on, and He has soothed sad hearts so much in the last few weeks. My sister and her family moved to the same town we're in (Coeur d'Alene) three years ago, and they and their friends helped us move in, fed us, invited us over, gave us snow clothes, and some are stepping up to start our church with us. We miss our Texas relationships, but Facetime and letter-writing weekly have helped some. (Although I can't even express how much I miss my dear Bridget. I just try to avoid thinking about it for now.) It has also helped that our first week here, we got about 16 inches of snow! Talk about a fun distraction! The kids played, sledded, built snow forts, threw snowballs, and spent more time outside in 25 degrees than I could believe.
|This is one of the views of our little city--so pretty!!|
Now we're settled in mostly, and it is starting to feel like home in a lot of ways. I still can't get over the fact that I've finally moved back to the mountains, after three decades away, and that pine trees surround us everywhere! It is beautiful here, and there are these little coffee drive-thru stands on nearly every major corner, and when the sun shines I think I've moved to paradise! We had our first vision gathering this week, with the people who've already stood up to help us start, and I am excited to see months (years, really--this has been on Pace's heart for so long) of dreaming and praying and hoping start to materialize.
All that, and my baby is nearly a year and a half old (HOW???) and is so wonderful, and Caiden will become a teenager this summer (HOW???), and our homeschooling continues on, changing as my kids grow but still one of my absolutely favorite things about being the mom. I grew my hair out long and then cut a bunch off and want to grow it out again. I turned 38 and can't figure out how my age continues to get older, when I still feel like I'm barely older than a teenager, and Pace turned 40 and doesn't even hide his dismay, which makes me laugh! Life has changed radically for us in the last year. It makes me wonder what life will look like in another year, if I wait that long to write again. I can't imagine! But God has held us so faithfully these last 11 months, and I'm confident in Him. He is good, so good. xxoo
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