It's our 12th day in Thailand, so I figure it's time to start catching up and processing/documenting things before I get too far behind!
I LOVE having the blog book from this blog last time around, so I know this will eventually be a great resource of looking back and remembering the great things God does! An "Ebenezer stone" of sorts.
I guess I should start with how we got here. I remember being on the beach one day with Matt and Tyndall. We did it a few times this summer, which was super nice. We were talking about our long-term goals for our family and our dreams for the future. Our current situation (at the time) was not sustainable. Matt was working 3+ jobs, and we literally had opposite schedules. Our family time was pretty limited, and we felt very stressed and worn thin. It was not fun seeing my husband like that when he is generally such a laid-back, easygoing guy. So, we had known that something needed to change and had been tossing around options for awhile.
On our beach day, (June 23rd), we decided for sure to sell our house and simplify our life. Get rid of STUFF. Live more simply. We met with our realtor the next morning and were thrilled with finding out the state of the market and our house's value. We could pay off all of our 'bad debt' and start fresh. But the "where do we live?" was harder to answer. We talked about what we wanted... to live with more purpose. To be able to do ministry as a family. We looked into Cares again. We looked into other schools overseas, and we even applied to a few. And then we started talking about being back at GES. For some reason, it seemed quite obvious. Things would already be somewhat familiar. We would know some people already. It wouldn't be as HUGE of an adjustment as the first time since we would already somewhat know what to expect. Within that next week, we applied, we interviewed, and we were offered positions. (Matt's IDEAL position, by the way, which wasn't available when we first started interviewing only a few days earlier!) We had lots of conversations in the meantime and started throwing the idea around to family... Tyndall and I actually were able to be with my family in Saluda the weekend of July 4th which was wonderful family time! While I was there, the house went under contract after only 4 days on the market.
So we decided. Back to GES. It was confirmed in our hearts, in our spirits in so many ways. Just a few days later, the house contract fell through... time for the 'test'. Did we really want to go? Was this the right timing? Lots of prayer and conversations and Scripture, and we still knew we were to go. So we continued selling all our things, closing down my Mary Kay business, preparing to go. Visas, passports, original documents all mixed in with the details of selling a house and packing up our household. Then the house was under contract again, after only 5 days this time. I was VERY happy to be done with showings. Keeping the house tidy and leaving for extended periods of time with Zoe and Tyndall was harder than I imagined it would be. :) But, we made it, and it was a pretty short amount of time. Thank You, Lord!
The whole process was only a few weeks... less than 5 weeks. Kinda crazy. Very faith-stretching. Very humbling and even painful in some ways. But, through it all, we pray we are being made more like Jesus. Less earthly stuff. More focus on eternal matters. As hard as it is to leave family, especially this time with Tyndall, we knew we were supposed to be heading into this new, different season. So, here we are again!