So we’ve officially made it to the halfway point of our journey in the U.K. It seems somewhat strange to say that, as on one hand this time has passed rather quickly, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been here three months already. On the other hand, we feel more and more comfortable with our daily life here every day.
Quite a lot has transpired since we last updated all of you…so I’m going to try to catch up on as many things as I can. Apologies for the list format – it’s just easier to get it all out that way.
We’ve spent nearly two months now in England, and it’s been an amazing journey so far. You can feel a tide shift in our family unlike any that we’ve experienced before – conversation after conversation between Yvette and I about what our life looks like, not simply in location, but in philosophy as well. Anytime you step out of your comfort zone and stretch your limits, you invite the spirit of God to mold and shape you in ways you never imagined. And that is exactly what has happened.
We’ve arrived at a state of reinvention…and it’s a very good place to be.
It’s taken me longer to write a new post this time around, and I’m struggling to come up with words to describe why. I suppose there’s a bit of settling that has occurred over the last few weeks, that has taken us from the daily excitement of new places, new people, and new experiences, into what a day to day life looks like for us here. Also, there is a bit of repetitiveness I’d like to avoid – constantly sharing (or perhaps oversharing) the pendulum swings and heart tugs can get a bit boring. Nonetheless, I think it’s really about that reinvention.
I promised I’d follow up our last post with a more uplifting one, so here it is! The last thing we’d want is to give the impression that we’re struggling or not enjoying ourselves out here in England. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there is a sense that we’re being put through a refining fire spiritually – we have nothing but joy regarding that and our overall situation here.
Anyway, I think this will be a spattering of randomness, but hopefully will get you all caught up on what’s happened thus far. Just ignore my complete inability to transition from one thought to the next…
Thank you for following along with our blog, whoever you are. We appreciate the good words, prayers and support that continues to roll in. I apologize that this post is a bit heavy, but I felt it important to share our hearts. We’ll post another update very soon with lighter bits – including pictures and fun stories from our travels thus far. Cheers to you and yours.
It’s difficult to put into words exactly the place we’ve found ourselves over the last few weeks as a family. I think we always expected this journey would have a bit of a cleansing and refreshing of our approach to life. Undoubtedly we knew it would be a life changing experience. Yet, even as that may be true, when faced with the reality of being refined by sudden change, the emotional nature of altered perspectives has left us in a state of suspension – equally weightless and out of the comfort of control.