Mark has a new job, we sold our house, and we're moving to the complete other side of the country.
"What!", you say. But what about the garden, the chickens, the goats? Good questions. The bottom line is that we're being called to something new. It's not anything we expected. Or looked for. We strive daily to remain open to God's will for our lives - all aspects of our lives. This includes Mark's career. We have been very blessed in this area, for sure. Though the choices we've made haven't always made sense from the viewpoint of "the world", they've been choices that we made after much prayer and discernment. And we consistently find that God's plans for us are way better than anything we would have thought up on our own. This change in position is no different. We have loved our life, the community, and Mark's work here in the wild west - and it is terribly difficult to leave - but we are at peace with our decision. Mark will continue working in the same field: advancing the mission of a Catholic educational institution.
So, where are we headed? Our nation's capital. Yep, all the way East. We have promised the girls that we'll be close to mountains (though not quite the size as the mountains here) and the ocean. None of us have ever lived close to an ocean, so that is something we look forward to. We know that moving to a major metropolitan area - after having lived in a remote Western town of less than 10,000 people - will be an adjustment, but we are excited about the opportunities.
Our wonderful home here - lovingly referred to as "Aspen Springs" - was snatched up by a new family the first day it hit the real estate market. What a relief! It's a great property, so we had hoped selling it wouldn't be an issue, but we never dreamed it would be the easiest part of this whole process. So, now we're getting ready to actually make the move: cleaning out closets, organizing, making lists of what stays and what goes, etc. The animals are on the list of what stays. The family who is buying the house wants the goats and the chickens. We are thrilled. The girls, especially, are pleased to know that the animals get to stay put and will be well cared for after we leave (and we get fresh eggs up until our last morning here!)
So, selling the house was easy. What's been difficult? Finding a moving company that will come here. We started calling the national van lines figuring we'd get quotes and choose the best option. After the first 3-4 companies told us they couldn't help us, we got a little nervous. We're still nervous, though a local company has assured us that one way or another they'll take care of it. Yikes. Please don't take this opportunity to leave comments about moving nightmares :)
So, there you have it... the reason for our silence lately. Though this is a big change, normal life goes on, and we'll try to keep the posts coming (somewhat) regularly again.