My parents and sister came for a visit over the weekend. It's always great to have our family here. It's really tough not seeing them on a regular basis like we're used to. I really miss getting to go to my Moms for dinner when I'm too lazy to cook, or just letting the kids run over to her house to play whenever they want. Our weekends normally consisted of cookouts with family and friends and I miss that. We don't even have a grill yet! :) We'll get one soon, and hopefully get some cookouts going down south.
The kids have less than 2 weeks left of school. They are extremely excited for the break! Luke and Bre are planning to go stay with their Grandma for a week as soon as school is out. Jolea and Luci can't be away from me that long. ;) I'm not sure if I can be away from Bre and Luke that long either!
I have to say moving so far from home has been a very humbling experience. Honestly there are times when I think I can't make it another day away from my family, but once I settle and quiet down Jesus gently reminds me that he knows what's best for our family. Joey's had a crazy busy schedule lately and it often gets lonely and discouraging, but to see him so encouraged and driven definitely calms my heart and assures me that we are where we are supposed to be. My job is to be supportive, and encourage him and sometimes I'm not always so good at it. I struggle with selfishness at times and I'm working on getting rid of that.
All in all, we are doing great. I've never seen Bre so happy. She has so many friends and her focus has dramatically changed. We deal with less anger issues out of her. In fact, we really don't have any issues with anger from her anymore. It's funny how getting her out and away from so many negative and terrible people has changed her outlook and attitude. Our friends that live here are such an encouragement for her as well. She absolutely loves Amy and Robert and wants to make them proud just as much as us. The connection she has with them both amazes me. She was only able to see them a few times a year, but their relationship with her is very close. She says that she feels like she has two moms and two dads. I think it's wonderful and I'm thankful to have people in our life that care so much about our kids and want to invest in their lives. Just seeing the change in Bre is another reminder that we've made the right move.
So I'm making it so far, and doing much better than I anticipated. I'm learning to enjoy this life and to be content, but most of all learning to let go of the past and push forward to the future. New life, new home, new attitude, new friends, A NEW US.
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph. 4:22-24