This is a joint post tonight that is written from hearts so full we are not sure where to start with communicating. After thousands and thousands of miles, 7 months of staying with amazing friends and family, 17 US states, 1 Canadian province and 1 trip to Holland, we are here. We are in Georgia and tonight actually dropped off the first load at our new house. To those who have hosted us, prayed for us, helped finance our needs and this journey, and encouraged us along the way-THANK YOU!!! We cannot even begin to compare this time to anything we have ever experienced. We would not have survived it all with such good spirits and closeness as a family if it wasn't for all of you. We praise God for amazing people, our people. You are our people and we love you all!
We arrived in town yesterday evening after 15 days of more amazing travel with friends and a beautiful fall that has lasted and lasted and continues to last as we headed from north to south! We pulled into town in shorts and tee shirts while reading updates from friends in MN of their first snowfall that was quite the dumping. Unbelievable! We drove through very tree covered hilly landscape the last couple weeks where colors were so vibrant the pictures don't do it justice! While so many people comment they couldn't do what we have done let me tell you-we have been blessed even in the long drives!
We are house sitting this week for dear friends (and our soon-to-be boss!) as we move our stuff from our storage unit to a house we are renting. That house is just one of many blessings God is laying out before us. Today as our friend left for an oversees OM trip, he said "goodbye, have a great week watching all the miracles that God is going to unfold this week." Um...huh? I thought it was a strange farewell. This evening as a family from OM had invited us to dinner, they asked if we needed a TV. YES! We sold ours before leaving WA and while we wanted to replace it at some point it is pretty low on the priority list. Well apparently they had just had an offer that day of one they don't need so there we go. Not to mention yummy dinner and delicious English tea and muffins/cookies after (they're British). They have 5 kids and our kids had a BLAST! Then on the way out of their house to go see our new home and drop off the load of stuff we've been carting around for 7 months we had a phone call of someone who asked if she could take Carolyn grocery shopping tomorrow-that God had told her too and it kept coming up. We had intended to shop tonight but ended up because of a few things changing it around and just getting a couple absolute essentials and figured we'd make a list and get out to a cheaper store tomorrow. Well-that is another thing taken care of!
Finally, we went to church this morning. At OUR church. It felt no different than other churches we've visited on this journey except it is our new home and new family and I can't wait to meet them. And several people remembered us and said hi they are glad we are here-from last May/June and February! That was cool too.
We are here! We all are so happy and yet all miss so many friends from earlier in our journey. We can't wait to share with you this process of turning "here" into "home." Our hearts are so full we sometimes just stop and stare, not sure what to say or think or even feel. But we cannot wait to see God work in us and through us in this-He is an amazing God even when we cannot see a moment ahead what is happening!
In Chattanooga up on Lookout Mtn with our friend Mary-at the college where she works
Driving in TN and North GA-
Carolyn & (sometimes) Ty