Well, It's official. We really are moving to Shreveport, Louisiana. 99.9% sure (there is always a chance something will happen, right?). Only five days left. Everyone keeps asking if I am excited or scared. Mostly scared with a slight hint of excitement. Once all the goodbyes are said and we hit the road, I think the excitement will gain some speed.
Did you know that I grew up in Memphis? Born there anyway, and lived there until I was twelve. So, I suppose I didn't "grow up" in the South, but I get it. I still love the goosebumps that sprout the second you step out of the air conditioning and into the sticky heat, those slow sweet accents that roll off the tongue, and honey slathered on warm corn muffins. See, we can do this! Louisiana would not have been my first choice, or even my second. But, honestly, every place has it's own quirks, annoyances, and surprises. And, every place the mister and I have ever lived (two states and counting) has been home just because we are all together.
I would like to think all of Shreveport, LA looks like this:
Yep. Just one long lane of 'em after another. I know this is not the case, but a girl can dream.
Several people have asked me if we are going to miss our sweet home since we worked so hard on it. Well, yes, of course, but only a little bit. It is really just a bunch of bricks we try to make pretty. The mister and I have loved working on it here and there. And since my sweet momma will be hanging around, we will certainly be back for many visits (someone has to work on that garden, sigh).
Mom really loves her home here, and her job, and her church. We will be renting out our side of the house, so mom will have some sweet company and we will have some wiggle room in our wallets. Thank the Lord for finding the perfect renter! Phew!
What We Will Miss the Most
2. Our Church. The Lord has taught us so much through Grace Bible Church. I can't believe it has been six years! Seeing all our dear brothers and sisters on Sunday mornings and evenings and then meeting with many families during the week has hugely impacted our little family. We have loved being a part of a church body and seeing our lives mingling with other believers. Man, I am just so thankful for all the parents who took time to teach us about parenting and discipling our children. Those lessons are invaluable. I just might miss our choir the most. My idea of corporate worship has been transformed over the last six years here. Thank you John and the rest of my choir comrades (can someone please keep Arden in line while I am gone?). I love you all!
3. Finally, dear, dear friends. Irreplaceable. We will miss game nights with the Smiths, coffee, sleepovers, and Mario Kart with the Bones, more coffee with sweet Janet, food and games at the Jasons, holidays with the Hanleys, play dates with Melamas, more games with the Wainwrights, cookouts with Drew and April, Virgils with the Vanderbekens, and home projects with all our favorite people. I will miss my gal pals: Bekah, Aisha, Carol, Jen, Leila, Janet, LaurieAnne, Gale, Joan, Erica, Susan, all the sweet ladies from Titus 2, and many, many more. I love you guys! (insert misty eyes and virtual hugs).
Thanks y'all for reading. See ya on the flip side!