Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thanksgiving Recap

I know, I know. This is a little late, but I thought I would share it anyway. Cut me a little slack; I'm just getting back on the writing wagon!

We headed back to Orlando for Thanksgiving this year. God hasn't seen fit to send buyers for our home, so we have a Florida vacation home whether we like it or not. We hadn't seen our little house since July and we were anxious to check on things. That, and we wanted to sit on real furniture and sleep in a real bed. We put our things in storage before coming to Mississippi and planned on moving everything once the house sold. Well, the house hasn't sold, so our current Mississippi furnishings consist of 6 air mattresses and a television perched on a moving box that holds my grandmother's china. Yeah, the furniture was a real pull to go back to Orlando!

It was a blissful week being back in familiar surroundings and with old friends. We worked in the yard. The kids played with their old friends and hung out with their youth group. The girls went to a sleepover with the neighborhood girls. We worshipped with our church family. My college girls were home and came over to play games and watch movies. Just to be together again! It was pretty much the perfect holiday.

We were invited to attend a football playoff game at a school I taught at several years ago. I was excited to take Kristina and let her meet the students and parents who had invested in bringing her here. We were greeted with squeals and hugs throughout the night. Kristina was able to meet her "angels" and Stephanie (whom Kristina matches in ability to talk a mile a minute!). I think what surprised me the most was the number of people who greeted us with, "When are you going to post on the blog again???" I was surprised that we were still being followed and grateful for the encouragement to get back to writing.

The big light bulb moment of the week came when Robert and I discussed moving back. We reflected on how many things we had been missing and decided if the house hadn't sold by the end of the school year, we would come "home". After all, we can't continue to pay rent and a mortgage.

The next day, we were browsing our favorite used book store when our realtor called Robert's cell. One of the kids tracked me to the classics section and informed me that Dad needed to talk to me NOW. I found Robert sitting on a step ladder in the theology section deciding between two tape albums. Reading his mind, I advised him, "Get both". "Bev called. There's a couple coming back to look at the house again this morning. They're deciding on buying it today," he informed me with raised eyebrows. Immediately I was reeling. I felt like someone had hit me in the stomach. I leaned on the book shelf for support and asked, "WHY?! Why now? I've guarded my heart for months. I've accepted the way things are in Mississippi and tried to find the positive in every obstacle. Now when we let ourselves consider coming back, He's going to sell the house???" "Nothing in stone. We'll have to wait and see," he replied.

Well, as of today, the house hasn't sold. The truth is, if I had really guarded my heart and trusted God, I wouldn't have reacted that way to a change in what I believed to be our new plan. I think God was reminding me to be content where I am and not plan too much. Now I have a real peace about staying in Mississippi and about moving back to Florida; a peace I didn't have before.

The week went by much too quickly and before we knew it, it was time to wind our way back to the Pine Belt. But you're getting your wish, Ulysses! We're coming back for the entire Christmas break! Guard your phone, old friend . . .


Debora Hoffmann said...

I understand being torn! Sometimes we miss the Seattle area...other times we think about Idaho...but we love our friends and our church here. We're open to what God wants to do, but first, we pray he fills our empty bedrooms with kids. :-)

Glad you're writing a bit more; there are still followers out here!

Ashley said...

I do hope God keeps you here. There is so much more in store for you here. Kristina will soon have her best friend here and I know God is going to do great things. But, I know how hard it is for you missing home in Orlando. When the house sells, I hope you will feel more comfortable and at home once you can get off the air mattresses. But, if God wants you to move back, I will not be selfish and I will rejoice with you.

Tami said...

I think we're on the same page. Shad and I have been going round and round about what God wants us to do. We still don't have our Kansas house on the market. One thing or another has prevented us from listing it for the last four months. First it was work that needed to be done...then it was a highly recommended real estate agent that wouldn't call us back. Then it was a computer crash that wouldn't let us print a 21 page contract from our email.
All the while we've been having second thoughts about the overall move. We pray and pray and still can't see the answer. I'll add you to my prayers.
And I'm SO glad to have you back in the blogging world. Welcome back! :)

U said...

Psst...don't listen to Ashley (sorry Ash). We need your family back here in O Town. Tell me the name of the buyer and I'll have Bruno take care of things (wink, wink..nudge, nudge, say no more, say no more).

Seriously, I've got a GPhone, an iphone, a Zphone all waiting for you. Don't leave without seeing us. You can even wear brown if you'd like :-)