"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
It feels strange to say it. At the same time, that familiar feeling is here again. It's been a year since we moved to Houston, and we've been waiting for months to find out where Aaron would get placed again. I'm racking my heart for what I know, trying to prepare my mind and spirit for what's waiting for us. My heart is full when I think of afternoon rainstorms, friends visiting for the beach, cobblestone streets and the beautiful lakes. My heart is also bursting when I think of my talented, amazing husband who accepted a job he is going to love. We are so blessed, and even though we're leaving behind some incredible friendships here in Houston, (ugh, and Tex-Mex.. nooo!) we're excited about this new journey.
Orlando, we've been waiting a long time to know where we were going. We learned how frail we were, how easy it is to live for the future. It was a gradual process of breaking down and rebuilding, repenting and trusting again. We didn't want to get our hearts set on you, even though the idea of being closer to our family (including a soon-to-be nephew) sounded too good to be true. We know you're not perfect (no offense), but we hope you'll welcome us to the sunshine state. And by welcome us, I mean please don't send any hurricanes our way. :)
Tonight I'm reflecting on our first move and finding out our lives would change. It hasn't been easy, but we are so thankful for the opportunities He has given us. We have grown so much -- personally and in our marriage. Orlando, I have high hopes that you'll be a growing adventure too.