"The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. "
Zephaniah 3:17

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Saying Goodbye

As almost everyone knows by now, Summer of 2011 has been a huge transition time for our family. In May, our world began to change as a church in Houston started pursuing my husband to be their next pastor. It was a wild time of prayer, excitement, saddeness and anxiety as we sought the Lord on what we should do and if it was His will and plan for us to leave the church we loved so much to begin a new adventure in Houston. Over and over again the Lord confirmed the calling to where we felt we would be in disobedience if we didn't go. We were so excited and shocked that Jersey Village Baptist Church would want us and also filled with emotions of sadness as we thought about FBC Anna and all the amazing things the Lord had done and the relationships we had built and how we were going to have to say goodbye. It was hard and everything happened so fast. Lots of tears. hugs and goodbyes to many incredible people and families. And many hellos to new wonderful people that filled our new church. They made us feel so welcomed! It was awesome! So, it has been a summer/season that has been like a roller coaster ride of emotions. Very difficult at times and very sweet at others. All in all, we are DEFINITELY where the Lord wants us and nothing feels better than the assurance of being in the center of His will (especially on the really hard days!) God has something amazing in store for both FBC Anna and JVBC and we are honored to be a part of both FBCA's past and JVBC's future.

Our kiddos have done great with the transition, but were also very sad to leave their friends. We joined a play date at a splash park with a lot of friends from Anna before we moved. It was such a fun day with such a great group of kids!

Haley has been such a sweet friend to Audrey! Many fun days at the park and playing at each other's houses!

And Doak was one of Austin's favorite buds! They both love all things Cars and are both all boy! Love this precious pic!

One of Ainsley's favorite friends in Anna was Aleea. They had practically grown up together and were always so excited to see each other.

This pic is of them screaming and laughing. Love it!

Love these girlies and their Mamas! Audrey was the youngest of this crew and these sweet girls always included her and loved on her. :)

Another one of Audrey's favorite friends was Delaney. These girls loved playing dress up together and putting on their La La's (dresses:).

This is a super random pic, but I wanted it in a post and didn't know where else to put it. ;) Inside our pantry in the kitchen, we put the kiddos heights and dates. REALLY wanted to cut this out, but wouldn't have been good for the sale of our home having a hole in the wall. :) We made so many wonderful memories in our 3 1/2 years in Anna. It will be a church and town we will always hold close to our hearts as Andrew's first lead pastor position. So many incredible families!! And so many amazing things the Lord did in and through people there. It was a true joy to serve that church! We are so excited to see how the Lord is going to use us at JVBC, too! God is so good to us and we are constantly in awe of his unconditional grace in our lives! He gives and He gives and He gives!

"The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with JOY." Psalm 126:3