We started talking about this roadtrip before we were ever even engaged. We met some of James' extended family and said, "We should go visit them. Then we could go straight to so-and-so's and then see such-and-such after that! We'll if we're that far then we might as well see. . . I think we'll have to quit our jobs for this trip." Then we got engaged, married and settled in and it seemed like it would never happen. Then, God said, "You may make your plans, but I'll direct your steps and you need a little adventure in your lives." (Paraphrasing Proverbs 16:9)
After Africa, staying still didn't seem quite right. Settle right back in to who we used to be? But we've changed so much, that can't be God's purpose. Our hearts were burning and as James expressed his heart, Malia mentioned the nagging feeling from a sermon she'd heard years ago--though the sermon lasted six months--Genesis 12 "Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you." Mom and Dad--thank you for letting us stay there, but our time had come to really GO. God, thank you for showing us to a new land we'd never been that is now our home!
James accepted the position to lead worship for Family Life Church in Randolph, NJ. We're still figuring out details of when we'll be back in Colorado to load up a truck, but God has had his hand on every moment so I know it will all work out and we will get to hug LOTS of necks!
Thank you everyone for your continued encouragement and support! We are so blessed to have family and friends like you!
Here's a Road Trip Round-Up collage! :)
|Josh's HS Graduation, Becca misses us already, Phil at work, baby Adelaide, Ben and Viv move in, Road Trips get a little crazy, we see Wicked, and take Viv's PREGO pictures!|
|Nieces do the YMCA, settlers with older younger friends, DC with newer older friends, wedding in New York!|
|Worship in New Jersey, house hunting!, TRAFFIC, Malia's losing weight, but not after that NY style pizza, boating, tubing and Italian Ice's with our newest married friends: Krillis!|