Thursday, January 22, 2015

Texas Bound

Well, seems that we are Texas bound.

You know God really does work in mysterious ways and things happen that we just don't really see coming our way.

My husband got the job, as I'm sure it's pretty obvious to tell by the tile of this post. 

If I tell you that this was completely unexpected and not something that we had even considered, would you believe me?

Curt was working and going to school, not applying for any jobs of any kinepld, and last week we received an email about a potential position for him requiring his Crew Chief training.

He wasn't going to reply at first, he just wasn't even thinking of work at the moment because he wants to finish his Master's degree, but on a whim, he picked up the phone and called.

It's so funny to me how God works, because let me tell you a little story.

Back when we were still stationed at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho, a couple positions had come up for Instructors at Sheppard AFB in Texas.  At the time, it was something he really wanted to do and he wanted a change since we had been stationed at this base for 10 years.  Not kidding.

When he tried to go for that position his former First Shirt wouldn't allow it because they had already lost so many people to similar positions at Sheppard AFB.  He and I were so disappointed, but you know you just go on with life and keep moving forward.

Fast forward to this phone call, to 2015, and the position was EXACTLY what he had once applied for.  I don't believe in coincidences, I believe things happen for a reason and that God has His hand in it all.

How could we pass this up????

We can't, plain and simple, we just can't. 

But we make this decision with heaviness in our hearts, because it means that we have to say goodbye to my family, who just got here two years ago.  Yes they have shown interest in maybe moving to Texas, but it won't be anytime soon, and certainly not within the next few months.

So again, I will be facing goodbyes and leaving my family behind.  I would be the biggest liar on eart if I told you that I didn't get a little angry at God for a hot minute.  I felt that it was so unfair, why would He bring this up for us, this amazing opportunity which I can tell you is going to be life changing for the cost of having to be far from family again???

And then I have to stop and tell myself that this is how it is.  Life is not easy, life is not about shortcuts and hand outs and taking the quickest and less painful is filled with decisions that sometimes break our hearts, but then again I'm a huge believer in that the things most worth having in life are never the easiest.   That is what makes them worth it.

So, here I am....

Faced with another move, another crazy adventure for our family.  I do have to thank the military wife in me because it's just another move, right???  If anything the years spent active duty has taught me to be resilient and to rely on no one but myself to get things done.

Curt has to be in Texas by the 16th of February, yes, right around the corner.

The kids and I will remain behind in Idaho until they are done with school, which should be around the 9th June, then I have to pack up a whole house, and drive myself, two kids, two dogs and one turtle to Texas.  I don't know folks, I may just have a coronary before these next few months are over, but I do know that I will tackle this head on with the strength of a woman of Christ, and quite honestly, that is all I need to get me through.

Prayers would be appreciated though, very much so :)


  1. It is hard saying bye to family, but you will love TX. Plenty of sunshine and friendly ppl.

  2. WOW! You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sometimes in life, we just have to go with the flow, and as believers, God is our strength each and every single day.

    Is this a military job?

    You sure have lots of practice in moving.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

  3. Hi Sandra,
    I have been reading your blog and enjoying it for some time. I think your faith in god is right on the mark! Why else did you not find a home to buy? God has a plan for you, have faith.

  4. Will definitely keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I truly appreciate your honesty and faith in God. Best wishes to you all!

  5. I will definitely keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God has a plan; we just have to trust him enough to see that it will all work out on HIS time. Congrats to your husband on his new job!

  6. It's exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. I'm happy for you all and will keep you in my prayers!

  7. You can do this. God will see you all through. Prayers following.

  8. He will not lead you where His grace cannot keep you! Praying everything goes really smooth. Congratulations to you and your family.

  9. Oh, Sandra! I am so happy and feel your sadness and anxiety at the same time. I too believe that everything happens for a reason and that God works miracles in mysterious ways. You are such a strong and beautiful person. I admire you more than you know. You go right ahead and just feel whatever it is you're feeling whenever you're feeling it. Know that I will keep your family in my prayers and if you ever need anything, even if it's just to whine and cry or vent all of your blog/Instagram friends are only an email away. ;)

  10. How super exciting for this opportunity ... but I do understand the heartache of leaving loved ones behind. As for packing up the house, you can do it!!! I know it is hard (I've packed up twice now with just me and my son) and moved ... just pace yourself!! It won't be long til you're enjoying a HOT Texas summer. :)

  11. Wow! You are a wonderfully faith filled person to take it all in stride so well...not to mention you are STRONG!

    May this be a terrific & blessed opportunity for you all. Prayers sent for the months ahead. Xoxo

  12. Texas is very friendly to home-schoolers.

  13. You will be just fine! I was born in Texas when my dad was stationed at San Angelo!

  14. My goodness, that was quick! It is obviously meant to be for whatever reason, even if that isn't clear yet. I hope that everything goes really well for all of you and that wonderful new things come your way on this journey. xx

  15. New adventures ahead...many prayers for all of you....we hope to travel this journey with you....hope you keep blogging.....

  16. Another adventure! This is fabulous, Sandra. You will be just fine, and challenges keep us all on our toes! And you brother and his family will also have a chance to grow as well - who knows where their journey will take them, and Idaho will be lovely for holidays. Congratulations to Curt and lots of love to you all. xxx

  17. I mean grow in new directions!

  18. I'm sorry you have to up root again but at least you have experience in that! I would be devastated! Maybe before June, things will change with your brother & his family so they can move also.

    I sure wish you were moving to Hunter AFB in Savannah...then we could visit with one another! You could show me how to crochet. I could show you life on a southern farm and expose you to the world of real Southern Cooking!! My family could take your family to the beautiful barrier islands here and we could collect all kinds of beautiful shells & sand dollars. We could work in our gardens together and can together and drink coffee and tea....
    If only you were moving to Hunter instead...

  19. You will all be in my prayers. Exciting times and difficult all at once. God will give you what you need and you just never know what will happen with your brother. Maybe there's an exciting unexpected journey for him also :)

  20. Oh, Sandra!
    What an opportunity! I know this is difficult, yet again, to move but God always has it right, doesn't he? Skype, email, snail mail keeps you in contact with your loved ones. Where in Texas will you go?

    I'll keep you in my prayers for sure

  21. prayers and hugs for everyone

  22. hoping this move goes smoother than the last one and nothing gets broken. You will be a little closer to me and that is exciting. Maybe we will finally get to meet in person.

    We're about ready for an adventure ourselves. Moving, yes, but a totally different situation. :-)

  23. I am so very excited for you and your family, and I guess the silver lining is that at least your brother and his family are here in the U.S. and visiting with them, although not everyday, will still be easier to do with them here and not in South Africa. In time they may still end up near you. I pray for all of you and that everything goes smoothly between now and June. All we can know and believe is that if God brings us to it, he will be there to bring us through it!
    God Bless Sandra!

  24. Congrats on the new job - so good you listened to God when he told you not to buy a house up there in Idaho. I have come to realize that He always knows best. What a wonderful blessing for your family! God has a great plan!

  25. I think you're gonna LOVE everything about being in Texas! Hold on - it's gonna be a fun ride. Congratulations!

  26. Sending prayers your way and hearty congratulations to your husband. I hope you and your family enjoy Texas.

  27. LOTS OF HUGS & PRAYERS! You know I'm a HUGE believer in things happening when they are supposed to! God truly does work in mysterious ways.

  28. Praying for you and your family! It won't be easy, but it will be sooo worth it! Everything will work out the way it's supposed to.

  29. Congratulations on the job (for Curt!) will be fine, you know, from February to June, and the move *will* be fine too......


  31. I don't know you, I just enjoy your blog. I must say, with a full heart, thank you for your service to our country.



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