The sign and lock have been out for almost two weeks now, but due to the MLS site being down last week, our home has officially been listed for six days.
There are certainly plenty of mixed emotions as we begin the process of saying goodbye to what has been our home for the past 3 plus years. Just like our first home, this home has provided a place where the unexpected has changed us.
We said goodbye to one precious baby shortly after moving in, and for the first time I understood the grief that so many mothers-to-be face with a miscarriage.
We watched our second daughter take her first steps and learn to talk.
Our hearts rejoiced as we welcomed our third child, our first son. And with his life came the unexpected journey of Down Syndrome that has forever changed us.
Our fourth child came home from the hospital to this house, and she's growing and learning here.
We've entertained friends and strangers, praying that their hearts would be encouraged and they would see Jesus in our home.
My home has been a safe haven for me during some of the most challenging years of my life. These walls have seen my tears, heard my cries, felt my angered footsteps and leaps of joy.
So, I guess I'll be saying goodbye to a friend when I close the door and walk away to begin a new chapter in our journey.
This journey that we're on has taken us to many places, and now we're just three months away from another new place. There are countless unknowns on the horizon, of which I'm both terrified and excited.
In the midst of it all, though, I'm so thankful that God remains constant. Walls cannot contain Him. God is with us, Emmanuel. He remains steadfast, unshakable, unchanging, always wise, always loving, always good.
It is with confidence, eagerness, and joy that I can embark on the unknown, because I know the One who goes before me.