The boxes are being filled, the piano has been moved, and the truck has been ordered. We are really moving! A year later than we expected but a lot has happened in a year.
God’s timing is perfect and I believe last year (my wilderness year) was a growing year. God did a lot in my heart and in my body. I was diagnosed with IBS, thankfully under control now, and had a hysterectomy earlier this year. When I look back at last year I can now see how hard it was for me. During the year, I was just trying to survive without realizing that I was in survival-mode.
The kids did a lot of changing too! They grew over 2″ during the summer and again during the winter, thank you growth hormone! They are now in the 2nd and 3rd percentile! Overall, health-wise they are fairly stable, and we couldn’t ask for more than that! Our beloved doctor retired and we got a new doctor last year, which proved to be good training for changing all of our doctors soon.
So, back to our move to Charlotte, NC. In the beginning of April, Danny and I had spent the weekend formulating our plans and getting the house ready to stage. The goal was to have the house on the market by early May. At this point I was only 6 weeks post-op, so not much help in getting the house ready. On Monday (4/9), the kids were soaking in their time with the neighborhood hoodlums, when I called them in for dinner. Marseille drops the bomb as she is coming in, ” Mrs. Faith said that she and Mr. Brandon want to buy our house.” **Brandon and Faith live three doors up from our house. We’ve had them over on several occasions and they have watched the kids for us. They have always liked our house, and have joked about buying our house.**
“What? What did you say? Tell me exactly what she said?” I asked, several times that night. To which, exasperated by the fifth time, Marseille answered, slowly, loudly, and clearly annoyed, “MR. BRANNNNDDDDOOONNNN AND MRS. FAAAIIIITTTTTHHHHH WANT TO BUUUYYYY OURRRR HOOOUUUSSE.” I burst out laughing because I was surprised at her perception. We quickly told Danny when he got home. He was equally shocked. We brushed it off for the night and decided we would wait to see if one of them would actually talk to us about it. Danny and I couldn’t let it rest.
Danny called Brandon(4/10), on Wednesday (4/11) we met with them and discussed a price. The following Monday (4/16), we signed a contract. With a closing date of May 25th. Yeah. I can’t believe it. God went before us and prepared the way. Which is exactly what I believe the Lord told me last year!
Leaving this area and our friends who have become family has been the hardest thing that I have every done. When I left Florida and my family, it was different. It wasn’t nearly as hard because life was just beginning. School was ending and it was a great time for a new journey. Being newly married had something to do with that as well!
This time around, I have had 12 years of living life. Real life experiences: joys, prayers, losses, NICU, children, doctors, insurance, shots, money, friends, buying and selling homes. It’s hard to leave and I am glad that it is. I am glad that God rooted me here and that it is a true uprooting. My sweet friend Robyn said that I have spread seeds in this area and now I am being uprooted to spread seeds somewhere else. I couldn’t be more encouraged by that word and picture of my life.
The truck will be moving all of our belongings away on Saturday. I’m still in the sad-almost excited mode. Thankfully, I am becoming more excited. I know that I will be more excited once we are actually there, with the adventure of starting again staring me in the face.
In efforts to keep up with everyone, I will be posting on this blog again!
Love, Nikki :)