For years, probably 6 years we have had a love for the Hood River area. We have tried three different times on our own steam and resources to move to the area, to buy something, rent something, anything! There has always just been something about this area. But every time we have put a foot forward God made it clear that the timing was not right. We even, at one point made an offer on a big fancy house in the mountains only to thankfully have another offer come in that allowed us to bow out at the last moment...and to finally find peace at the closed door.
She said "yes" because the door had "Jesus" written on it. She just knew it was the right place! They have met with their pastor and are planning on starting a small group right in our old home!
And here I sit...in a house so beautiful.... it was owned by a woman who was an artist! Every wall has incredible color on it, colors that match our artwork, our furinture...it is crazy. The girl's room is a light shade of pink even though they never had kids! And the yard is whimsical and wonderful. Parker sits out there and plays and watches the trees blow while Georgia stands at the fence yelling "Sahale!!!!!!! Sahale!!!!!" to our friend's daughter on the other side. We feel like we have time to slow down and be a family, to deeply be involved with friend and with church, to just savor our kids right now where they are at.
All of this just stuns me. After all of the times that we tried to move, tried to push and make things happen. God had planted the idea in our hearts but we tried to take control. When we finally stepped back and just watched and prayed, He made it all happen without us really moving a finger.