During the past few weeks my sister has taken up residence with us. It's been a whirlwind of activity, as we have transformed our three bedroom-two bath home into a place where everyone can have some space to call their own. The changes in some of our rooms throughout the house will have to be its own post.
When we moved to Texas ten years ago (has it really been that long?!) we loved the adventure of being on our own and making our way, just the two us. Just a husband and wife finding their place in their careers and building a marriage. Fast forward six years and we were blessed with our first son, Sawyer. That's when a spark ignited about the great family debate...do we stay in Texas a long day or two day drive from our families or do we pack up and move back to the north.
Sawyer was a few months shy of two when our twinkies, Jack and Finn, were born. That previous spark had now become a constant fire in our hearts. We even began making more serious plans to move to MN. Submitting resumes to school districts and praying for God's will. (Actually, most of the time we were really praying that our will would be done and that He would take us back to MN.)
In the midst of this planning, an opportunity was presented to me professionally that I had always dreamed about happening; becoming a professor at a Concordia University. It didn't take us long before we realized all our prayers had been answered, maybe just not in the way we had hoped. I was offered a position in the College of Education and we knew the Lord had lead us to stay here in Texas.
We still dream of being close to family, one day; but, at this time we're continuing to enjoy the blessings the Lord is giving us in Texas. One of those blessings has been the arrival of my sister or Aunt E, as the boys affectionately call her.
As we enjoy the benefit of having family close, it does put a bit of fuel to the fire that had been waning of wanting to be closer to our families. Seriously, take a look at this bunch of kids. I can only imagine the fun the cousins would all have if they were attending the same Lutheran School together. This is story making at its best!
1 John 4:7-8
New International Version (NIV)