Friday, March 30, 2007

Thanks and a Little Stream of Consciousness

I've appreciated the help of all my blogging buddies and other real-life relatives and friends in getting through another crazy week. Hubs should be home tomorrow morning, so we're on the home stretch.

I'm sure it's quite pathetic of me to need people so desperately, but there it is. I don't think it's something that's going to change. When my husband and I were looking for his first job after college, our dream was to find a job here at home with our families. We didn't think it would happen, honestly, but we prayed and decided that we would just move home anyway, and hope against hope. It turned out to be even better than we had hoped, which just proves that God takes care of us, even when we are having faith issues. Just a few days before we would've left for an interview in Texas, a friend of a friend got my husband an interview with a company 13 miles from our home town, and the rest is history.

My family and my In-laws, not to mention aunts uncles, cousins and old school friends, have been great supports. Whenever we're bored in the evenings there's always someone to invite over for supper. When my son had his third birthday we decided to just invite family. We ended up with 22 adults there, and we really could've kept going without inconveniencing anyone.

When I was growing up, we lived most of my life in a different state from both sets of grandparents. That means lots of travel, and, now that I'm older, I realize it means my mom did a whole lot of things all by herself, and on a young preacher's salary, no less. Of course, she's a tough lady. For instance, she's the one who put the comment about Richard Cory in my whiny post earlier this week. She's never been one to put up with my angst. I so much wanted my own children to grow up around their extended family, like my husband did. I don't remember disliking all the moving we did when I was little, because that was just the way life was. But now that I'm older, I want to settle.

Who knows what the future holds. I would like to think that I'm mature enough to handle it now if God called us to live somewhere else, but those are the kinds of things you only discover when the need arises.

The following picture is, left to right, my sister, my youngest sister-in-law, me, my cousin, and my oldest sister-in-law (still younger than me, though.) This is my baby shower for Zaya. Which is why I look pudgy and naive.


Robin Green said...

I love the picture you posted. It is so nice to have family around--I don't have that luxury either. By the way, my husband is an A/G pastor's kid. I have been in A/G churches since marrying into his family--a long, long time ago! Have a good weekend.

Kristina at Learn2Luv2Run said...

Well I am going through that. Tre is starting to send out resume's and we will be moving we just don't know where. I like the basic area where we are (I want a different house but you know...) and although I used to think I would be excited to move at the end of his 2.5 years of school I would rather stay here, warm and cozy....

JR's Thumbprints said...

I've always had family nearby. I couldn't even imagine moving to another state, away from everybody. I guess it simply isn't an option.

Crissybug said...

I feel exactly the same way about family. I have lived in the same area all of my life. I have always thought that it would be kinda fun to live somewhere else, but now that I have kids...I don't want to go anywhere. I was lucky enough to marry someone that is from the same town, and feels the same way.

I come from a family of 8 kids, and my husband a family of 3. I have one Aunt that lives in Prescott, and one in Minnesota, but other than that all of our family is here.

To is everything. I want my kids to know where they come from. I want them to grow up knowing their cousins, and grandparents.

When it really comes down to it our family is who is going to be there for us always. You are blessed to have them near, and I hope it stays that way. I know it would be hard to leave.

You are right...God knows what we need. Hopefully moving is not one of them :)

Mandalyn said...

Isn't having family wonderful!! My parents are about to move within an hour of us and we are so excited! We've never had that luxury before!

I like your site very much. I'll be visiting again!!

God Bless!