Truly, I appreciate all of your comments from yesterday. And please keep the you-could-move-here recommendations coming! We'll be checking-out each one. Seriously.
How good it feels to follow Grace around again. I think for a couple months she hid in a closet, probably wondered if I'd ever find her. It's funny how you can try to beef-up your obedience and listening to God, but still feel unsure, blind and groping. But then in one day, suddenly! You know what you were supposed to know. And now hope, purpose and adventure have replaced the questions--and the boredom. Gee, how God and I hate boredom!
After all these 18 Buffalo winters I finally understand the 'snowbirds'--those older folks who escape to Florida or Arizona every December. And those who just plain move away, period, because they're sick of the ice, the danger and never really feeling warm for four months. I get it--oh, how I get it.
In the car coming home from the vet yesterday I asked myself, "Why do we put ourselves through this? Why, especially now that Tom is not tied down to a job, are we hanging around for yet one more dreadfully long, cold Buffalo winter when we could, at this moment, be experiencing what Julie from Texas, later wrote:
"... but right now, I have just trimmed my rose bushes, hung out my spider plants on my sunny 70 degree porch and everyone is wearing shorts and t-shirts again. Most everything is still green, people are "mowing" their lawns and this temperateness is common Winter weather here."
Why, now that we are free and over 50 are we still stuck in the ice instead of experiencing what Julie and others see at this moment? Especially Tom with his polio'd leg and my tendency to worry about him on ice? Good grief.
We must be masochists, or something. heh.
So. There is no turning back. There will be no blog posts--I promise you--where I say, "Nah, we changed our minds. We'll just stay settled here." (If I do, well, you have my permission to just shoot me.) :)
No, it's time to move on--there'll be no second rate settling. It's time for a whole new season. God is using our extreme weariness of 18 hard winters to lead us out of here, for such a time as this, and so we will follow Him and Grace. And the adventure, though tiresome most likely, will be awesome.
Julie of Texas--thanks so much for that link! The house was perfect and oh wow--since the 1980's I've wanted a cabin in my yard to restore. I'm so not kidding!
And to anyone else--feel free to leave specific links to houses. You don't know how much I love reading real estate listings! In fact, lots of my readers do, also.
"In the same way, you and I should be joyfully anticipating the promises of God being fulfilled in our lives. At the right time—His time—He will move suddenly and things will change. We'll see and experience the things He has spoken to us in our spirit become a reality." ... Joyce Meyer