Hey friends! I think I’ve waited too long to blog because I feel like I have so much to say to you. I’m having a hard time organizing my thoughts and getting anything typed that makes sense. I’ll start with our biggest news and then go from there:-)
The big news is that we are moving to HAWAII!! For reals. The hubs got a job in Honolulu and we’ll be moving there this May. I went back and forth on when and if I should announce this, but that is one big secret to keep for 6 months! So yes, we are SO excited!! Bailey Lane will be moving to Oahu with her new look and most of the changes I’m making are in preparation for the move. It’s kind of ridiculous to me that this is our life. Tom told me he was going to apply for the job and my cynical self thought ” pshhh, that would be nice, but I’m not holding my breath.”. I think deep down, I doubted that God would let us go somewhere like that. I never told y’all this, but 6 months ago, Tom applied for different job in Cairo, Egypt. He got it and we thought long and hard about whether we should take it. We prayed and prayed and we were so close to going through with it. On the very last day before we had to make our decision, He came home and told me that he didn’t feel peace about it and that we weren’t supposed to go. He was disappointed and we were both a little confused as to why we didn’t feel peace when there are people there that don’t know the love and peace of Jesus. If we really loved Him, why weren’t we going? We were tempted with thoughts like these, but at the end of the day I think we both felt peace that we made the right decision.In making big decisions, it’s hard to say no to a new adventure, to stay, and go about your normal (sometimes boring) life.
Fast forward 6 months and Tom gets this offer in Honolulu. It is unbelievable to me that we turned down an opportunity in Egypt and that God had Hawaii waiting for us. It makes me tearful thinking about it… kind of like Mary when she “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart”, but only a fraction of that, I suppose. I can’t quite communicate what I’m feeling, but it is good and it is worth celebrating! While I certainly don’t think that life in Hawaii will be pure bliss, I think it will be fun and it will be good for us and in the meantime, I am thanking Him for his kindness and guidance in our life.
So with the passing of a new year and this big move ahead, we will be changing a few things around here to get ready. I am still taking work up until May 3oth and then I am still interested in doing a few Texas weddings every year. This move is indefinite but all of our family and friends are in Texas and we’d like to come back to visit several times a year. Also, if you will be vacationing in Hawaii, after this May and would like a beach session, let me know! Wouldn’t that be fun?!