I haven't written a particularly thoughtful post in a while. All my energy has been poured into moving and making memories here. But I am thinking still <g> and wanted to share random things.
People ask now and then if I would elaborate on living overseas for extended periods with children. Why? How? There isn't one easy answer. In fact there are a lot of answers. Some of them can be found here here here and here. It is hard to describe a decision that wasn't a decision. I didn't really plan nor have a deep desire to do this (though I am so very glad I did) and I have precious little expectation for the future. No earthly idea what it holds. Seriously.
If there is one thing that has been proven to me time and again it is that I am usually wrong about what I want and what is best. I can't possibly see the whole picture from my vantage point. But God can. And He has put us in places we could not have imagined and provided unforeseen opportunities. Likewise, He has granted me some of my fondest wishes and often those did not end up being good things.
The moral of that story is that happiness is not in getting what you want, but in wanting what you get - whether that uproots you or binds you to one place.
So instead of holding rigidly to what I think I want, I have worked to embrace those 20 seconds of insane courage Benjamin Mee describes. That is what got me on the plane here. That is what is getting me to England. And wherever else life takes us. Just wild trust that God works every bit of it for good. That may be more country hopping. It may be major illness. We have seen both and so have those close to us. Life can change in an instant. There is a good plan at work though. Plan for hope and a future. And I know where I am and what I am to do today. So I am going with that.
Some random linking:
I love this family's house. Period. Love.
I have thought a lot about this article about A Grown Up House since close friends are also relocating this year and we are all at the stage in life where some of our stuff is wearing out and some is just being outgrown. Moving does provide stimulus to reevaluate one's earthly belongings and determine if they still meet a need. Or not.
yes, I like living in Japan - my friend Sue's thoughts on living abroad