Deanaland

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

It's Out

"It" being a big old honkin' secret we've been carrying around for a while. Tonight Chad announced to our teens and parents that he has taken a position with a church in Little Rock, Arkansas. We're moving the week of Aug. 7.

We feel so much better just knowing it's out there now. I nearly made myself sick leading up to tonight -- I even ran fever the last two days. We've all been grieving for the last couple of months, knowing moving could be a possibility. Then we visited the church in LR a couple of weeks ago and we know it's where we need to be.

We've lived in Baytown for six years. It seems like a lifetime, though. It's the only home our girls have known. We have loved this town and our church and the schools our girls have been in. We've loved this old house we bought and fixed up. Tomorrow morning there will be a sign in our yard. That's going to take some getting used to.

And there's a church family in Little Rock waiting for us. Julia already has a friend named Rachel who was more than delighted at the prospect of having a girl her age around. (The LR church seems to be inundated with 7-year-old boys.) There's a youth group who needs us, and who we need as well. I guess we're ready to go.

I remember something someone told me years ago. When God decides to work in your life, hang on. It's going to be a wild ride.

20 Comments:

  • At Wed Jun 14, 10:22:00 PM, Blogger Karen said…

    Good luck in Arkansas! Can't wait to see all God has in store for you all there.

     
  • At Wed Jun 14, 10:45:00 PM, Blogger Anne said…

    You'll like Arkansas. My dad was born and raised there and my two older brothers live in Conway, just 30 miles or so from Little Rock. Of course, when the Lord calls us to a place, we know that we'll find our niche. May the transition be smooth, particularly in the leaving of a good place. That's one of many good things about Heaven - we won't have to say goodbye to our loved ones there!

     
  • At Thu Jun 15, 05:59:00 AM, Blogger Denise W. said…

    Blessings on your move. Arkansas can be a drag (it's far from the beach) but there are lots of wonderful people there. They will expect you to be a Hog fan - if you plan on staying awhile, join up!

     
  • At Thu Jun 15, 07:04:00 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I wish for you all the best in Arkansas. We head there a couple times a year. In fact, I could drive past you on the highway coming home as you're going in August. Like Anne, I have family in Conway, so we are right around LR when we go.

    You'll have to check out Toad Suck Daze next May! {vbg} . . . I'll never forget the first time I took Andy there and my grandmother was itching to show him Toad Suck Park.

     
  • At Thu Jun 15, 07:30:00 AM, Blogger Jacinda said…

    Good luck! I know you'll do good work there!

     
  • At Thu Jun 15, 08:56:00 AM, Blogger americangerman said…

    Yay for Little Rock!
    Yay for new schools!
    Yay for the whole summer to meet new friends before school starts!
    Yay for beautiful gardens!
    Yay for warm, nurturing churches!

     
  • At Thu Jun 15, 11:05:00 AM, Blogger MAK said…

    God's richest blessings to you as you make this move. Keep blogging so we will know what is going on with you and your family.

     
  • At Thu Jun 15, 11:30:00 AM, Blogger Kyle said…

    My mom told me about this last night. It'll be sad to see you go, but I think mainly because Amanda and I didn't get to know y'all as well as we'd hoped to. That time you had us over for dinner was special to Amanda and I. I never really knew why. I think because Amanda was so new here and you guys having such a strong tie with Highland made her feel a connection. Good luck to you. What's the name of the church in LR? Amanda's aunt lives there and goes to a Church of Christ.

     
  • At Thu Jun 15, 01:40:00 PM, Blogger WinniePhew said…


    Mom and I have been praying for you and Chad and the girls ever since the first contact with LR was made.
    The elders at First Colony have prayed for you, Mom's faculty at Cornerstone Christian has prayed for you. I know your own prayers have been fervent and without ceasing.
    We are so fulfilled seeing you follow the lead of God in your journey through life.

    May His blessings, love and grace and all else that is Godly be yours forever.

    We love you ...

     
  • At Thu Jun 15, 06:12:00 PM, Blogger Meredith said…

    May God help this transition to be smooth and fruitful for you all. Good luck with the move!

     
  • At Fri Jun 16, 08:47:00 AM, Blogger jettybetty said…

    Do you have an old frig to put on your front porch there in AR?? (just kidding)
    AR is a great place--what church will you be working with?
    My prayers are with you as you move--the ride is wild--but in my experience WONDERFUL when it's God working!

     
  • At Fri Jun 16, 11:11:00 AM, Blogger SG said…

    And yor moving away from your parents! Bless you and your family as you under take a move. That is a lot of stress but I know God will use you and bless you in Little Rock. Arkansas is a really pretty place! Maybe you and my good friend Susan can meet up. She reads this blog and lives in Conway.

     
  • At Fri Jun 16, 07:12:00 PM, Anonymous lynn said…

    On behalf of your new church in LR, we are very excited that you are coming. We also believe that it is God's leading that you are here. And by the way, we prefer old recliners with duck tape on the front porch rather than refrigerators.

     
  • At Fri Jun 16, 07:25:00 PM, Blogger Tracy said…

    Arkansas is our home! Scott is from Little Rock and I'm from Russellville! And, you will have to check out Central Arkansas Christian Schools! Scott's dad started it back in the 70's and he blogs about the going ons there all the time. Scott links to it.

    I'm dying to know what church! There are some wonderful churches in Little Rock!

    I'm sorta jealous now . . .

    Except I do not envy the saying goodbye process that you have to do with your church. Leaving your teens is so so hard.

    Just email if you have any questions!

     
  • At Fri Jun 16, 09:23:00 PM, Blogger Keith Brenton said…

    Wow, I skip your blog for a couple of days and look what I miss!

    I am so delighted that you and Chad and family are headed toward Little Rock. Look us up and give us a call ... or spend the night! ... while house-hunting here.

     
  • At Sat Jun 17, 06:16:00 AM, Blogger Blogging by Tina said…

    Wow! What a move!

     
  • At Sat Jun 17, 07:57:00 AM, Blogger Tiffany said…

    There are a great many Harding alumni cast far and wide who are seceretly dying of envy right now. Keep your purple and white clothes, brush up on your trash-talkin' skills, and just be prepared for a great time. I never thought I could love the state that much but my four years in Searcy proved me wrong. It's a wonderful place and I am so happy about this exciting move for your family.

     
  • At Sat Jun 17, 08:52:00 AM, Blogger elizabeth said…

    Good luck! We love Little Rock.

    Bryon and my sister, Lauren, both went to Harding so we spent a lot of time there. It is just beautiful. They have this really neat thing called "Fall" and the trees turn strange colors like red and orange. They also have this thing called "Winter" and sometimes white stuff falls from the sky! Not much of that in Texas.

    I hope the stress levels aren't too high. We just went through the process of selling our house and it can be quite stressful. Can't wait to hear how it all goes!

     
  • At Sun Jun 18, 06:54:00 PM, Blogger Kelly said…

    How exciting! Our best friends Bert & Paige are in Little Rock, and I have loved visiting there the last couple of years. It's beautiful! Best wishes to your whole family!

     
  • At Mon Jun 19, 12:00:00 PM, Blogger SJ said…

    Welcome to central Arkansas! As SG mentioned, I live in Conway. Looks like a lot of people have Conway contacts. You will love it. Any move is stressful and takes adjusting, but it will be good soon.

    Are you going to continue writing? I am sure there is a publication in LR that needs your wit.

     

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