We are only four weeks away from our big move. There are boxes everywhere and less furniture in every room. We have resorted to taking digital pictures of most memorabilia; old toys are going to new homes, and the mountains of paper that stuffed file drawers are shredded and out in green bags for recycling. There is only a bare minimum of dishes in the kitchen and only a few options of clothing in the closet.
It is surprisingly refreshing to simplify and limit choices. I guess that is a good thing because although the choices are few, the changes are many…
We are still considered by some as strangers in a foreign land, but Mexico has been our home for almost 20 years. We have never fully adjusted to the driving antics, and we have developed no affection for the speed bumps on every block. We struggle with upper class entitlement mentality and heart-wrenching lower class poverty. We will never accept the corruption, or the drug wars, or the human trafficking. BUT… we love Mexico, and we will miss so much of life here. We will miss the vibrant colors, the incredible tacos “al pastor”, and the piñatas for every party. We will miss the dogs on the roofs, the smoking volcano, the boys who wash our windows while we wait for the light, and fresh mangos.
This is actually a change that has me a bit nervous. We (my husband and I) have been “in charge” for a while now – team leaders, directors, boss. We basically determine our schedule, our priorities, and where we will work. I like that. In our next job, we will work for someone else, there will be office-presence and dress-code expectations, and I believe that will be a good test of character for me – maybe that’s why I am nervous! I hope that I can live out security in who God has made me… and not covet a job title.
We have spent most of our married years preparing for this day – releasing our wonderful children to the world – and we are very excited to work and travel freely together… but it will be different. I “think” we will like it, but just like geography, each life stage has its pro’s and con’s. We have lived with chaos and action and people around our huge house ’til all hours. What will we do with the quiet?
We . will . miss . special . people . We have made friends here who are like family. Those folks have stayed in our home, owned keys to our house, and proudly taken advantage of “refrigerator privileges”. They have danced on the back patio, helped us celebrate holidays, corrected our Spanish, and loved us through hard times. They have shared a part of their heart with us, and we have given them a piece of ours in return. They know us well, but some we will never see again…
It has been good for me to realize that every life phase, location and style has its blessings and its challenges. Each new place can become “home”. Each new stage can become the norm… and friendships can last across time and miles, even as we make new ones. Change is part of life – not always easy – but better to embrace it than to fight it.
What changes are you facing? What do you do to embrace change?
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Thanks so much for the re-blog! I am honored… and praying for you as we go through these times of changes at the same time!
There is so much freedom and anticipation in this post. I can’t wait to watch it unfold.
Thanks, Susan! What great words – freedom and anticipation – you are so right! Thanks for walking with me in this adventure – I appreciate you and our new friendship very much!
Thanks for sharing this Terry! I have always admired the courage you have as you have faced new paths. Looking forward to seeing you! I can’t believe we never made it to Mexico to see you…New Mexico and the Grand Canyon, but never Mexico:(
You’re so sweet, Robin! I appreciate your encouraging words… we are SO looking forward to seeing you too…. soon! Much love to you and all the fam! See you soon!
What???? Didn’t know you were moving too!? We’re down to three weeks, and it’s the Buckeye state for us. (though only a seasonal furlough while we preach in 150-200 churches!)
And if we ever drive through Florida (I’ve got a brother who lives in Naples), I’ll stop in to see both you AND Judy. 🙂
BTW, may I re-blog this? I’ve been asking around for guest bloggers this month since my world (like yours) is todo revuelto.
Yes, big life changes for us! You would be welcome ANYTIME in Orlando – please DO call if you are anywhere nearby! And, of course, you can re-blog… I consider that a great compliment! Will be praying for your furlough… and following you via the cyber world…
Yes, but we will be glad to see you in Orlando! It includes dinner in our home!
Thanks so much, Judy! That kind of future treat makes the transition easier! See you soon in Orlando!
I’d like to be a part of that dinner!
… and I’d love for you to be there, friend!