It’s a beautiful Monday afternoon as I sit here with my curtains wide open to let the 3’oclock sun stream through my windows. Sometimes I despise this time of day, which causes the sun to make a glare on my TV screen, or highlights my need to dust the table and sweep the floors. But today the TV is off, my floors are swept and my table is dusted. Besides, I have bigger things on my mind. There’s a lot of exciting things coming up. My homework stress will be alleviated in 3 weeks when I finally get my Bachelor’s degree, and we are going on our first vacation in nearly a year so I can participate in my graduation ceremony in Tempe, AZ. We are planning on potty training Roen next month, and then not too long after that we will become a family of 4 when our son arrives in September! A lot of new experiences coming our way. Aside from that, Matt and I have began the moving conversation again. If you read my blog about a year ago, you may know that we were a prayer away from moving to Tennessee. After 6 months of praying and asking for a clear sign, God finally gave it to us. So Matt and I listened to it, and knew that it wasn’t in God’s timing to move away from all of our loved ones and start new. Sixteen months later and we’re still waiting to see what God’s plan is for us. Matt works a job that allows me to be a stay at home mom, but with a growing family, it won’t provide for us long term. He’s been at this job for 3 years, longer than we had planned, and at this point, both of us are ready for not only whats next for his career, but mine as well. Just to name a few reasons why we will be moving out of California eventually is that we both will never be able to work in California because one of us will have to homeschool the kids (thanks SB277), another scary anti-parent bill is being proposed (sb18) which shows the tyrannical direction California is going in, gas tax is about to skyrocket due to a new bill passed here as well as California vehicle registration which is seen to increase, and the cost to buy a house is outrageous! And yet, we are still at a place of uncertainty in our lives over this place. Matt still wants to start a food truck, and we finally have enough saved to do it! But if we start it now in California, then we feel like we’re stuck for who knows how long as we get a brand new business off the ground. At this point, the only thing keeping us in California are 2 F words: family and familiarity.
With that said, Matt and I have began talking about moving to Tennessee again. It wasn’t in God’s plan last year but is it now? We’re still waiting to hear that answer and we won’t move for at least one more year, so until then we will continue to pray about it. A lot of people ask me why Tennessee, and I can give them a million answers, but it never seems to satisfy anyone. Are we crazy for wanting to move somewhere where we will know ZERO people? Maybe, but people do it ALL the time. There are a lot of reasons why Tennessee appeals to me. I’ve looked into all of the states, even other countries, but for the last 2 years Tennessee has been on my heart, and I’ve only heard great things about it!
So for now we will cherish the time we have being near family and friends, we will bring another child into this world in the state of California, and we will pray and trust in God’s plan for our lives. And of course drool over the super inexpensive houses for sale we will buy one day when we move to Tennessee!
Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Here are some pictures from our weekend!