Waving Goodbye to Daddy
This is the day we've longed for, worked towards, prayed about, and dreamt of.
It was a bitter sweet moment this morning when we all kissed daddy goodbye. We have had the incredible blessing of us four being together most days for most of the day since Matthew came barreling into this world late October. Thanks to Quebec's wonderful parental leave, we were graced with months to support raise, pack up, relocate, and settle(?) in before this day arrived. This day; when Tom returned to working full-time outside the home. But thanks to God's provision through awesome peoples' support, he got the chance of a lifetime. To go to work at his dream job. Using his skills to improve the lives of others.
So although I miss him being with us, I couldn't possibly have more joy about where he is. And I look forward to doing the same, when our family situation (and stress levels) allow.
It's almost been two weeks since we've arrived in Elkhart. For the time being (and the foreseeable future) we are staying with a friend who has graciously taken in us four (noisy, sticky, mess-making) Scatliffs. Our days have been filled with administrative stuff (obtaining social security numbers, applying for new insurances, establishing a new banking systems, etc), searching for a new-to-us vehicle, and, now, hunting for a home. We quickly learned that renting isn't a great option. Considering what is available (and for the cost!) compared to the depressed housing market (mortgages are actually less than rent) is just makes sense to buy. Now finding a suitable one, that's been the trick.
And let me tell you, I am so ready to be 'home'. Being in transition since Matthew was about six weeks old has taken it's toll. I'm tired. I want to go home now. But we don't have one. What we do have, thankfully, are some amazing friends who have offered for us to live in their homes until we find ours. It's amazing how The Lord provides, no matter where we are.
Tom starts at the Technology Center this Thursday and he couldn't be more eager to get down to work. He is slated to work on a water project that he's been looking forward to for quite some time. In all honesty it's surreal that we are actually here. We've dreamed about it and have been working towards it and praying about it for so long that it's nearly unbelievable that we are indeed here now. But now that we are here I'm anxious for the dust to settle and for us to find our community. I very much miss our friends and church family in Canada.
Well ain't this post all over the place... I guess that's what you get with nights full of a screaming teething baby and a toddler that has repeatedly fallen out of bed.
This too shall pass, right? Riiiiiight?
If you are the praying type, please join us in petition God for our housing situation to be resolved.
Today marks one full week of being in Indiana. This past week has been far more emotionally challenging than I ever anticipated, but thankfully the past few days have drawn us back to what matters and I'm reminded as to why we are here.
As I head to bed tonight, I'm clinging to words of wisdom:
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God
Can I get an amen?
In the middle of all the stress and running around, trying to find a house to call home, a car to take us around, a community to be family, and all the admin of social security numbers, bank accounts, credit cards, cell phone plans......... Sometimes God swoops in and does some mighty, inexplicable work through the people that love and serve Him, that drops you to knees, just knowing that He is God.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
On Wednesday afternoon my mom, the kids, and I flew into South Bend, Indiana, the nearest airport to Elkhart. Tom and his dad (who drove the uHaul truck and arrived the night before) met us at the airport with the rental car. And just like that... After two years of support raising, lots of prayer, blood, sweat, and tears, We. Are. Here!
Currently we are a bit overwhelmed with everything we need to do to settle ourselves and trying our bestest to let everyone know we are here and how things are going. For the time being we are living with a friend while we search for a home for our family. On Monday there is a welcome for us at work, hopefully we can snag a family pic of us at our first day at the Technology Center!
This is it! We are, literally, going now!!!
After an amazing crew of friends helped us pack the uHaul truck on Sunday, June 1st, Tom and his dad rolled out of town Monday morning - Elkhart bound! The kids, my mom and I are hanging back at a friend’s house to allow the guys a few days to get to there, get unpacked, and get a rental car. They will meet us at the airport in South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday afternoon.
This past week has been incredibly busy, a tad overwhelming, and a whole lot emotional. Such a time of excitement, joy, and anticipation, peppered with good-byes, thank yous, and see-you-laters.
The kids have been troopers. Our friends are amazing. Our parents are so supportive (read: using their spare time to fly out here and help us relocate. I’m not sure you can get cooler than that). We are blessed! THANK YOU ALL!