A lot has happened in the six months since I’ve blogged last. The most dramatic being our decision to move to North Carolina! We put our house up for sale the end of January and had a contract on it within a week. All going well, we close in less than two weeks and then head north!
We have many reasons for moving, one being that we will be closer to Bryan’s family in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. We are also looking forward to living closer to the company Bryan works for. We will only be about 2 miles from his office! We’ve been talking and thinking about moving to NC for many years and we are finally ready to make the move and start getting settled into our new community there. I’m so glad we serve a God that doesn’t change and is faithful to His kids no matter where they live. I can’t help but feel sad leaving our community here in Tampa. Bryan and I have been here ten years already! But I am looking forward to seeing what God has for us in NC and to experience growth in my relationship with Him. He is so faithful to me and I’m so thankful to be loved by Him!
Another highlight of the last few months is that we decided to homeschool Sassafras! Her last day at the local elementary school was right before Christmas break. When I picked her up that last day, I felt like someone gave my child back to me. My heart was longing for her heart and she has responded so well to the extra attention! Homeschooling is something I’ve always wanted to do but until now had not been the right time. Knowing that we would be moving out of state halfway through the spring semester helped us to make the decision, and so far so good! The three months she’s been home have been an amazing time of growth for her. Can you tell how happy she is? She is like a different child from the one that we met almost 3 years ago.
This time has also been a time of transition and growth for our sweet little Lovebug. She has had a pretty difficult time adjusting to having a new baby brother in the house and having to share the attention. She turned 5 years old recently and I can’t believe the chubby little 2 year old I fell in love with is now such a big girl.
She is a precious treasure and I love her so much! I spend a lot of time praying for her and her heart. Just recently I’ve noticed that she is starting to feel more secure in her place in our family. And I’m so glad! Not only for her, but for me and Bryan too. As any parent knows, when a child is having a hard time, it typically means that the rest of the family is dealing with the repercussions of it!
As for Little Man, he is doing so well! By far the easiest transition we’ve ever had with a new little member of our family. He’s been home almost 10 months, though it feels like he’s always been here. I can hear his little giggle as I type. He has such a joyful heart, is a little mischievous, and oh so much fun!
Overall, we are doing well and staying very busy with all the details that go into moving. Next time I blog we will be in North Carolina and I’ll post some pictures of our new home. Please join us in praying for our transition, that all will go well with the repair work that is being done on our NC home, and that we’ll find a church community that is a good fit for us. Thank you! I hope all of you are doing well too, and that the Lord is using your circumstances to draw you closer to Him. Love, Sarah