“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6, NLT)
Yes, for the second time in three years the Johnson Five are packing up and relocating.
Yes, for the second time in seven months I’m posting in my blog.
Yes, things are a bit cray cray these days!
It’s been seven months since I posted about Princess Leia’s death. I guess you can say it was very emotional for me. I had to go into hiding. I sobbed nightly. I couldn’t sleep. What would the world be like? I’m joking and kind of sound like Hillary supporters post-Election Debacle 2016.
Nah, life’s been … different. Good, bad, stressful, you know … life! And in the upcoming weeks or months (hopefully not seven) I hope to share with you the things that have been going on in 2017, or what I’m now labeling The Year of Renewal.
But first …
Texas?! Wow! What? Why?
Lots of different factors. A little bad, mostly good.
I work for a Fortune 500 (actually top 75) company. It is opening up a building in North Dallas that will house 4,000-5,000 employees. It’s expanding our department and a few months ago a supervisor position was posted. Lis and I talked and prayed and decided that I should apply for it.
I didn’t get it.
Okay, fine. I didn’t want to move to Texas anyway!
A few days later they asked if anyone wanted to volunteer to move to Texas. They promised a promotion and a raise. Again, Lis and I talked and prayed and decided that since we had already talked about it then I’d volunteer for the position.
We waited … and waited … (it is corporate America after all) and after a bit I was told I got the voluntary promotion.
The hopeful opportunities and chance of growth were too much to pass up.
Having a winter that isn’t really a winter (snow and ice for weeks) also helped.
Being closer to Lis’ family in Brazil (10-hour direct flight, and 14 hours of travel, rather than a 14-hour flight and 30 hours of travel) helped, as did knowing we’ll be closer to places that are on our travel bucket list.
Being a fan of sports and knowing the Cowboys, Mavericks, and Rangers are only 30 minutes away helped Lukas and I.
Though it might sound like a no-brainer it surely wasn’t.
Unlike our last move from our beloved Sky Valley, where we felt like a change was necessary, this time didn’t feel so necessary.
And that’s the scary part.
We love this area. The traffic is basically non-existent. The community is great, parks on every other block, walking trails to school, the library, into town, it’s 20 minutes to Lake Coeur d’Alene, we found a can’t-miss church that we look forward to attending every Sunday, and I get to walk to work.
We also have friends that want to spend time with us. Shocking I know! Like they invite us to hang out, and not just individually but as couples, or families. It might sound funny, but in three short years we’ve made lifelong friends here. Honestly, that’s the hardest part of the move. What if we don’t find that in Texas?
The bad? Another time. We’ll just call it poor decision making on my part.
As Proverbs mentions, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart … and He will show you the right path.”
If we didn’t have faith knowing that we’re headed down the right path we honestly wouldn’t be making this change.
But when you have faith, and you have a spouse that is extremely supportive and strong, and you know that no matter where you go you’ll have each other and your kids, it doesn’t matter where you end up.
As I attempt to expand my blog – again. I hope to share our journey about relocating with three kids here, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and/or Instagram. Please join us!
In the meantime, giddy up y’all! The Johnson Five are about to make Texas even bigger!