From my perspective (Abbie here). Almost 7 weeks into this transition, one week down in our new city, it has been a whirlwind. The good kind. Over the last few weeks, we’ve hugged so many friends. Chatted with family late into the night. Sipped coffee with loved ones and reminisced about the good, bad and hard. I’m grateful. It encourages my heart to share, hear stories and see how the Lord has been at work in so many hearts all over the world.
Many have asked how I’ve felt about moving back to the states. If I miss the DR? Did I want to come back?
Really my life has been full of moves. I don’t think I’ve lived in the same place/home for more than three years really (my parents might correct me). So this process, of packing, hugging friends, crying on an airplane is one that I have known for… as long as I can remember. If you had asked me as a fifteen year old, on that flight taking me away from Quito, Ecuador, if this was a good life; I would have screamed NO! That one day I would never move my kids and I would make sure they had a stable life. Oh the irony. And now, I see how my Jesus was preparing me and shaping my little heart then for a life of hellos and goodbyes. And its good! Yes I miss the Dominican, I miss the roosters outside my window, I miss the sweet smell of the ocean breeze, the complete silence when the power cuts off, the giddy smiling neighbor kids waving and running up to the car as we drove up, friends who taught me how to cook habichuelas, concon and pollo guisado, drive in a mop-ed infested city and showed me how to find the best deals/food at the grocery stores. I miss our loud staff meetings in our living room, fans humming, coffee on tap and the sometimes heated discussions about theology and equality.
I’ve lied awake in the night and thought about so many memories, tucking some away and others wishing i could forget forever. Guys, it was life. Beautiful. Messy. And yes I miss the Dominican! And yes, Im excited to see what the Lord has for us here in Tampa. Its absolutely beautiful to see how the Lord has had His hand on us.
Last week as we were packing the moving truck to drive to Tampa, I couldn’t stop saying, LOOK at what Jesus has done for us. We flew to this country a month ago with 8 suitcases. Now we are loading a whole moving truck (and it wasn’t a small one!) with things that had been gifted to us. Beautiful antiques, a set a bunkbeds that my boys have literally prayed for (they had a set back in the DR and we prayed God would provide another set here!) and so much more. Thank you Jesus.
Since arriving to Tampa we have been staying with new friends and their generosity is astounding. Opening their home, time, resources to us and welcoming us, these strangers, into their home! Jesus thank you.
This morning my phone dinged to remind me that in 97 (give or take) days we will be welcoming another sweet baby into out home. I had to take a deep breath! Last night, as I lay awake, I started to doubt. What are we doing? We have no home of our own, no insurance yet, I don’t have a nursery set up, let alone a house. What do people think of us? So irresponsible. Bringing another baby into this? Right now? You know what causes that done you?
Then this morning, Gods truth flooded my heart. “Ive never left you before. Remember when you weren’t insurance two weeks before Elijahs birth? Remember when I provided that furniture? Remember when I moved you across the ocean?”. Never once are his little ones a mistake!! Never once is the timing wrong. Never once was the doctor appointment and insurance out of His control. And this last week the medical group I’ve been hoping to use for this delivery gave me an appointment for this coming week! The women on the phone gracious told me that they aren’t supposed to schedule without having reviewed your medical file or without having insurance but she was excited to have us in the area and wanted to help me out. Thank you Jesus.
So, I’ll continue to wait on the Lord. Reminding my heart that He has been good to us and never, no never leaves us. Thank you Jesus.
Pray with me this week.
- That I will be diligent about getting insurance worked out. And lets watch in anticipation as the Lord provides again.
- For Luke and I as we house hunt. That we would be wise with our resources, find a space for our family to rest well and not get drawn away on our desire to find a space that we can host well and provide a space to build community in our neighborhood and beyond.
- For our kiddos as they continue experience joy and adventure in the transition.
- For Babys Sawyers doctor appointment this week.
- Praise Him for his faithfulness and for provision. For Luke and his drive, vision and faithfulness to the Lord. For friends, especially for the kids as they have LOVED playing with friends all week!