Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Grateful...

It's hard when you're getting ready to leave a place that you've vested a lot of your time in. It's hard to think about saying goodbye to the good friends you've made. Finding your way in a new city is always a challenge (though it's one that we always look upon as an adventure!).

Things are beginning to wind down here in Oz for us. Recently, I've discovered who really cares....and I'm ever so grateful for those people who are a big part of my life. I've come to realize that the military isn't my family here, my church is, and always was the biggest part of who I am, no matter where I go. I've firmly believed that God has placed me where He needs me to be...where He wants me to be...where I will grow most in Him...where He will challenge me to move beyond the comfort of my own skin.

Today, I had a steering meeting for MOPS. I've always enjoyed MOPS, and it seemed a natural choice for me to take the Creative Activities position when it opened up. And I've been blessed so much in my short time on steering. We have a monthly steering meeting, so I didn't think much of it. As usual, I forgot to get a bite to eat (though I'd had every intention; I even had a bowl and spoon out for cereal!). But it was a good thing I didn't eat...because the wonderful ladies of my steering team had a little "celebration" for me. Two ladies made my favorite foods; Sherry made apple bread (I HAVE to get that recipe, it's SO good) and Jill made amazing pumpkin spice muffins. There were gifts...wonderful gifts that will remain a part of my life for a long time...but the best part was the kind words these godly women had for me. There is nothing greater than to know that you are cared for by people you have worked with and have given your time.

And in the end, that is ALL that matters. What will I leave behind here? A part of my heart for all these wonderful people who matter DEEPLY to me.

10 comments:

Berry Patch said...

I can relate but it's been awhile since we've moved & we won't be doing it again. Although, 8 moves in 15 years was PLENTY for me. Some of those were new communities and many weren't. This last move was the hardest. I'll be praying for you as you get ready to go & that you'll settle in to the community fast.

SB said...

you MUST share that apple bread recipe.

KS's loss is definitely SC's gain.

:)

Barbara said...

I'm in the same boat you are about moving. This is the longest we stayed in one place. Jorden started school here, Chase was born here, and our first house is here. In each place we've been I've grown a little and God has decided that my growing here is done. It's time to move on to grow some more.

cherylan said...

I'm sure you'll be missed in Manhattan!

Ali said...

Linda,
You leave a footprint where you are. Those women have probably been equally as blessed...I know I was.

Carmi said...

You've always struck me as someone who could never underestimate the power people have to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Thanks, Linda, for sharing this. I know it's hard for you to go through the transition, let alone write about it.

rennratt said...

Holler when you're scheduled to hit the Carolinas.

We at Casa de Chachi y Renn will do all we can to help!

saintseester said...

I don't know how y'all cope with all the moves. I know it has been tough on my sister. She says its hardest for her at the beginning before she's managed to build a few good friends.

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Great thoughts on moving....I'm starting that slide into goodbye....and I dont much like it....knowing where we are going will most likely help as there will be something to research and look forward to.

Anyway - I so understand what you are saying about leaving a piece of your heart.

Cynthia said...

So wonderful of them to show their appreciation to you!