Monday, September 22, 2014

Provision

Looking back at my last post to what I am about to write as I sit here with my iced coffee and tears in my eyes is... astounding. 

 Chris and I have been so desperate for the Lord's continued provision, peace, joy and wisdom and I can't help but laugh and shake my head at the very thought of doubting He wouldn't come through. 
We set out on this journey a year and a half ago. That is when we decided we were going to sell our sweet little cottage and make the move across the country and settle ourselves in Tennessee. 

This whole journey has been amazing and confirmations with every decision that have been made has made it very clear that Tennessee would one day be home. We had our whole "plan" figured out and very quickly caught on that God had other plans in place. There have been so many instances but the most recent one flying back to Tennessee for a job interview that ended up getting postponed and buying our house. (which was not what we had in mind at all! We were sure we were going to have a job before we bought). Man, I love how God works. 

Two months to the day we put an offer in on our home, Chris received an incredible job offer. I spilled the beans... CHRIS GOT A JOB IN TENNESSEE!!!! WE'RE REALLY MOVING!!!! I feel like I could shout it from a mountain top and still not believe that it's true. Oh me, such little faith. I'm not sure it's that I doubted that God would provide or that Chris wouldn't be able to find an awesome job, it's hard to me to believe that we are actually moving to the place my heart has been for the past 18 years. I literally fell off the lounge chair when I found out, and then went running and screaming around the house. 

This seed that was planted in my heart when I was 10 years old is blossoming. The dream that Chris had long before he met me when he moved down to California and wanting to leave asap is bursting forth. We are about to live out the dreams and desires that have been burning in our heart together for years! I always felt like that dream was too big to attain, because how on earth would I be able to marry a man who loves Tennessee as much as I do, pack up our entire life in California and find a good job and get out there? Sounds a lot easier than it is. God has gone before us and has covered EVERY detail and more! I was going back through my journal and found this list of prayer requests from September 14th, 2013..

Every one of these prayers have been answered, we are waiting for the right timing and a job for my dad so my parents can eventually make the move (along with my sister!) but seriously, I am blown away.

He got us through grad school, He blessed Chris a job on the last day of summer, our (beyond) dream home is in Franklin which is about 10 minutes from family and 25 minutes from his new job. We grew our family with our sweet Mason James and have already been connecting with such great families in the Franklin area. And something in my soul is telling me that this is just the beginning..

Oh family, friends and people of the internet, let me shout it again. GOD IS SO GOOD! 
My heart is overwhelmed and you'll most likely catch me with tears in my eyes from here on out for a while. The joy is incredible but there is also a really really big heartache that comes with packing up our life here and saying goodbyes. They aren't forever goodbyes, just see you laters but they still hurt. This is the only life I've ever known nestled here in Southern California. It has been my home, but every single memory is packed up and heading to the south in my heart. I will always cherish the time that I have had here, these past almost 29 years have shaped me and molded me into the woman who is setting off on a new journey across the country. I know there will be days my heart longs to be back home in California and there will be far too many days where we will feel the miles that we are apart but we know that where we are headed is right where we're supposed to be. It's oh so bittersweet. 

It's time to wipe the tears from my eyes and log off for now. My man is off to Walt Disney World this week to meet his new company, hang out and play with all of them, I have tons of packing to finish and the truck arrives in 7 days to be packed and then the boys are hitting the road to Tennessee. Our one way tickets have been purchased and that flight leaves in 11 very short days. 

God's timing is so perfect. Our house will be ready at the end of this week and we arrive just in time to celebrate so many incredible things. 

Thank you Lord for going before us and blessing us with far more than we deserve! 

See y'all in Nashville. 
{ps. if you want to keep up with us on the move you can find me on Instagram @southernatheart with #andrewsmovetotennessee. I sort of update that a lot!}


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