While reading my devotions to start the morning and the new year I was reminded that it is okay to reflect. Thanks Chuck!
It has been quite a year!
We started 2009 in Clay (Syracuse) New York and finished it in Nashville, Tennessee (celebrated in Milford, Indiana with Sarah’s in-law)
In February we traveled to Nashville to watch Jeremy fill the job of Front House Engineer for the Belmont University Country Music Showcase. This performance takes on the similar format as American Idol with tryouts, final performances and judges. What a springboard used by God to move Jeremy forward in his career.
We left a lot of good friends and family behind, thank goodness for the internet, email and webcams allowing us to keep in touch.
This resulted in us selling our house of 27 1/2 years. The good news is, God sold it in five days, the sad news is we left the house that we raised our children in, and the house that Becky’s father was raised in. But in the end, it was the right thing to do. So on Mothers day 2009 we packed up the van and the PODS, celebrated the day with Ted and Debbie Thompson (Becky’s sister) and headed to Music City. The warmth of Tennessee has been wonderful for Becky’s health.
Less than 30 days after our move, we welcomed a son-in-law into our family. Sarah Anne Bayne married David Miller
God provided a wonderful place for us to live that allowed Jeremy to move in to the basement. This resulted in saving both of us money in rent as he finishes college and the muscle we have needed to move furniture. We have also been able to get to know his girl friend McCauley and a lot of his friends.
We have been to Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, New York this year. We have traveled through Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Georgia.
We left a great church in Syracuse when we moved. Calvary Chapel of Syracuse with Pastor Ken Lang. We knew this would be one of the most difficult things to do. We visited a number of churches, both large and small. In the end it was Jeremy who introduced us to the place where we think we will land for a while. Jeremy is one of the monitor engineers for the singers there at the church, so we decided to try Long Hollow Baptist Church. While we knew that this would be a hard decision, God has been gracious to find for us another man of God that preaches the word with passion and honesty. We will always miss Pastor Ken Lang, because he filled a void when we needed it in our lives and we thank both him and God for that.
We have found new stores, new doctors, new roads, new malls, new friends, new jobs, a new place to live, new weather patterns. We have left behind – but keep deeply in our hearts and minds- friends, families and many memories. We praise God that He has allowed us to have shared these memories with many people and look forward to making new memories as we move forward.
It has been quite the year and we praise God for each moment, event and memory. Without Him we would not have stepped out in faith we would not have made the scary changes and without Him we would not have the courage to continue to move forward. Stand firm on Philippians 4:13 and Proverbs 3:5-6
Happy New Year