Good bye

Good bye is never easy.

In fact, saying good bye to people you love, who have invested in you, cared for you, who truly are family, is altogether difficult.

We have one day before we head out of town, and though I’ve tried diligently to avoid the tears, I can tell they are coming.

God has blessed us in incredible ways these last five years with friends who have stood by us, stood up for us and shared their lives with us.

Proverbs 18:24b says “A real friend sticks closer than a brother.”

We’ve had the privilege to experience that firsthand.

Saying good bye is hard. For some, there is a strong likelihood I will never see them again, which spurs my prayers on. Some, I know that we will rejoice together in heaven one day, and our parting, though hard, is full of hope.

And then there are friends that have seen us personally and intimately through nearly every high and every low, and I don’t want to say good bye at all. I find myself not saying or showing all that I’m feeling because my love and gratitude for their dear friendship runs so deep I’m not sure I know how to adequately express my thanks. Last night was a prime example.

These are the kind of friendships that God intended to be indicative of His church. I have learned so much of the Father through these wonderful friends, and I hope I can be that kind of friend to those in our new church family.

I can tell you I’ve never been more thankful for texting and Facebook and other methods that will make it so much easier for us to be a part of each other’s lives!!

Thank you friends. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Packing

As the days move closer to our move in the beginning of April, so the pressure rises to pack up our belongings in time.

For Matt and I, moving also proves time to sort, clean out and prioritize. For instance, how many baby outfits do we need to keep to remember when they were small, and what can and should be given away? What toys have been outgrown (or chewed quite enough) and need to be thrown out? What do we need until the big day, and what can be packed now?

Packing up the kids

Streamlining is always in order, especially when you realize how much stuff you have and that you have to pack all that stuff!

It’s fun to go through memories and remember when. God has blessed us so extraordinarily here in Lansing. Both our children, Jackson and Lauren, were born here. Our amazing friends have become family, and many things in our home remind us of good times we’ve had. Our dog Josie joined our family, and she’s definitely left her mark in the backyard!

God has also proved himself to be a loving God full of tenderness. He’s helped us through the homecoming of our mom. He’s held us together when we were not allowed to meet two of our children. Though it’s taken time, God continues to heal our hearts and show us how to be there for others struggling with loss. His grace is enough.

Though I will admit (and Matt wholeheartedly agrees) that packing and moving is not my strong suit, it’s how God moves us to the next chapter of His will for us. It also gives me a chance to reflect and refocus. And, another opportunity to express my gratefulness to God for his redemption, provision and plans for the future.Jackson is ready to go!