Monday, August 15, 2011

New Beginnings - 3 Years Later

In summer 2008, we made some life-changing decisions.
I quit work to stay home to take care of Peyton, whose needs were becoming greater and greater.
We lost an income.
We needed that income.
Ron interviewed for a new job.
Within weeks, we were saying our good-byes to friends and family in Houston, Texas.

Peyton, Moira, and friend Katelyn

Ron (right) with friend and former co-worker Chris

Movers came to our house and packed everything for us.
A huge moving truck was loaded up and it took off.
We loaded up our vehicle to the point where we could barely squeeze ourselves in.
We started out late on the afternoon of August 13th and headed east.
We spent that night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The next morning we took off and drove...
And drove...
And drove...
All the way through August 14th and into the wee early morning hours of August 15 
where we finally landed at our destination.
Charleston, South Carolina!

Ravenel Bridge, Charleston, SC

Ron had only been to Charleston for that job interview a few weeks prior.
I had never been.
I hadn't seen the Atlantic Ocean since the third grade.
And here we are living there now {well, about 15 minutes from it}.

Peyton and Ron at the Atlantic Ocean

Moira looking for sea shells by the seashore

Moira gazing out across the Atlantic

We arrived in Charleston just a few hours into August 15th.
Jeffrey's 7th anniversary was August 14th.
It symbolized a new beginning for our family.
Time to start fresh.
Put the painful memories of the past just a little further behind us.
Embrace the new adventures ahead in our new home.


Peyton, Me and Moira
We have an amazing home in Charleston.
{not "home" as in physical building}
We have had a lot of struggles since moving here.
Lots.
Tons.
Ongoing.
We were tossed out of a Catholic church our first weekend here.
Peyton was "too loud".
Really???  She had BARELY made a peep.
We church shopped a little.
We found no church home.
We stopped going to church.
Then in late April 2009, just after Easter...
I was introduced to a new church...
not a Catholic one.
A non-denominational mega-church.
Which just happened to deliver a message
that was more profound to me
than any church sermon I'd ever heard.
I introduced Ron to this church that June
after a round of illnesses for Peyton prevented us from going.
We loved it.
Since that time, we have been to church every weekend
unless we were away or sick.
We look forward to Sundays as the best day of the week.
We look forward to an amazing monthly First Wednesday service.
We have found a church home where we all are welcomed.
We have found friends here who are some of the most incredible people I know.
They have embraced us as family.
They love us.
We love them.
{not just saying that...we really do love them}


Easter Sunday Service at Seacoast Church

Though we have no family {other than the 4 of us} here in Charleston,
we feel so very much at home.
We miss our family and friends in Texas,
but we have found our place here in the Lowcountry.
This is home.
I can't imagine living anywhere else.
It is the surroundings.
It is the people.
It's the love and care that has been demonstrated to us
time and time again.

The road has surely been paved with incredible difficulties
since we moved here.
But we have met God since our arrival three years ago.
In a mighty way.
He has given us more than we could ask or imagine.
There will still be struggles ahead.
Of that we can be sure.
But I know that we are in the right place.
We are surrounded by people
who love our family and who feel sadness
when we are going through difficulties.
God placed us here for a reason.
He has provided us with these people who continuously lift us up.

We are more than grateful to God for all He has done.
We are especially thankful to have met
so many wonderful church and non-church friends here.
Looking forward to many more years.
And many more adventures.

This is home.

Ephesians 3:20-21

New International Version (NIV)

 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.





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