Yesterday we found out that we are going to be moving back to Connecticut. I am not even sure where to start, but honestly what I wanted to do is just write out a little bit of how I’m feeling. As of right now, this entry is a personal entry that I won’t be sharing because of timing.
We have been praying about this potential job for 4 months, and when things got rough with daddy’s job last month, we knew we wanted to transition out of this office. We kept praying about it because we ultimately want to do what the Lord wants for us, and were totally open to him shutting the door on this potential job. I want you to know, that we moved to Arizona because the Lord put it on our hearts that this is where he wanted us. We weren’t sure how long we would be here, or what it would even be like in Arizona. I was scared of making friends, I was scared to leave my family back in CT, and at the time, we didn’t even think we’d be adding to our family as soon as we did! We moved to Arizona and the adjustment was so much easier than we anticipated it being. We got involved in the High School Ministry at Scottsdale Bible Church, and instantly made friends with other leaders involved. Within the first 6 months we started to build great relationships, and also found out after the first MONTH of being in AZ we were pregnant with you! You were such a complete blessing to our lives, you helped me make a lot of friends. There were a lot of mom’s that were pregnant and so we were all able to bond over our babies. You were an amazing blessing to my life, and you came in the Lord’s perfect timing. Casey also got so involved with the HSM and really developed a desire for prayer in the ministry, and the students/leaders grew so hungry for it. As we were approached for the job, we really started to feel like the Lord had done what he wanted to do through us in AZ, and our time here was done.
We have started to tell people about us moving, and it has been much harder than I thought it would be. I have already shed many tears which honestly, a year and a half ago, I never thought I’d shed a tear about moving back to CT. I have developed some great relationships out here. I have a couple of friends that will be very hard to move away from. They have been friends that have walked through life with me the past year, and really been so close to me. They have grown to love you, and be a huge part of our family. I would say that they have become family to us, not only the ladies, but their husbands and kids (those that have them).
Now, don’t get me wrong, we are excited to move back to CT, because that is what home has always been to us even though we made home here, but leaving this place that God brought us will be very very hard.
Casey and I always draw reference to Paul. He writes in Romans, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong- that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”
These words, are what I feel we’d leave with our friends in AZ… we’ll remember you, we’ll be praying for you, and we’ll long for the day we’ll see you again whether here or in Heaven… obviously we’ll prefer the first. 🙂