pre move-in july 2008
april 30 will mark our last day in miami. after months involving planning, moving, questioning, and certain things about omar’s job that stand outside of our control, we’re off.
i like to think of it as an adventure. at this moment we have no idea where we’ll end up. and i have to say i’m a bit excited. as i told friends last night, even more excited now that i actually like it here. i’m glad we moved to our new neighborhood a mere six months ago. i’m glad God gave me a content spirit about this place. i’m glad that when we drive away there will be things i miss about it here. if i were to leave here with an angry heart, i know i would regret it.
omar and i don’t believe there will be any “what ifs…” (what if we had only pursued church planting, what if we had only moved to a new neighborhood – check and check). we stretched ourselves and pursued several different avenues until God shut the door, and several doors were shut without any real reason we could articulate. i’ve grown up a lot here. a lot. our marriage has grown. we’ve had kids and as is obvious by our grocery bill, they are growing, too.
i have also been so thankful that we’re leaving here without any heartache. there has been no drama or broken relationships or anger or bitterness. ok, perhaps there is a touch of bitterness that i have to pack up yet again a mere nine months later but i know i’ll survive.
we’ve got a couple of job leads but nothing beyond those first stages of phone calls and resume submissions. we’re north carolina bound in may to stay with some incredibly generous and loving parents. i have to say i’ve been overwhelmed by people’s response to our news. we’ve had prayers, the most encouraging of conversations, and even temporary housing offers by loving friends.
we’re also happy that we still have three months left. three months left to explore the places of the city we’ve never seen. three months to revisit restaurants we’ll miss. three months to make sure i don’t end up having an “i know i’m an idiot for not having done/seen ______ in miami” moment. (i learned this lesson when i lived in florence, italy for a semester and never got around to seeing michelangelo’s david – i know, scold away.)
i’m trying to keep life and our daily rhythms as normal as possible for now, for my sake as well as the boys, but i know these next weeks and months will be full of uncertainty and perhaps a bit of confusion at times. but hopefully they will be full of meaningful dinners with friends, date nights out in this crazy city, and park days in this beautiful weather.
p.s. any job leads/ideas passed our way would be greatly appreciated (wink wink).