Saturday, June 29, 2013

The move before the move

Even though we're still about one year out from receiving new orders, my mind is already in "move" mode.  I think that's generally a healthy state of mind for a military wife.

I happen to love the thrill of the idea of receiving new orders, but I admit after six years in Washington and five years in Port Orchard, the idea of moving is a bit daunting.

Our last major move was from San Diego to Washington, we had two kids and a two bedroom apartment.  Now we have our two kids, two dogs and a house...with a garage.  Full of lawn junk and tools and storage and Christmas decorations.  In San Diego I think we had two bins of Christmas decorations.  Now we have about ten.  Needless to say next year we will be having a huge moving sale.

We don't have a lot of "stuff" and for good reason.  Knowing that we have to pick up and move every three or so years means living light.  Sometimes I don't feel like I'm doing as good as I could with that.

Despite all that murky mind-boggling thoughts that come with a move, there are so many things I'm going to miss about Port Orchard.  We live less than a mile from the inlet, where gorgeous views and the sea air are the norm.  I can find peace there.  It makes you feel so small and still and loved all at the same time.  The beauty radiating from the scenery here is astounding.  To see the water, framed by the evergreens, framed by the mountains and finally the blue sky.  It's a picture that will forever be stamped in my mind.

The community here is amazing.  People are nice here.  That's one of the things I've always loved about Port Orchard.   People open doors here for others.  They let the person trying to turn out into the main road go first with a smile.  There are so many festivals and community events you can't possibly attend them all.  Of course our little town isn't perfect.  There are plenty of bad apples and some crime and I'm sure problems in the city politics.

The other day I asked my daughter what her hometown was, and she said Port Orchard.  She was almost four when we moved here and she'll turn ten here.  It is truly her childhood home.
I'm looking forward to our future and new adventures but I'll miss this special little town.  Just like San Diego, it is now a piece of our story puzzle.  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sara Groves for my spirit

The darkness got darker.
In the midst of my darkness God brought to me some light in the form of my favorite music artist, Sara Groves.
There's not enough I can say about her music and ministry and how it's changed me over the years and meant so much to my small life.
I found out through Facebook that she would be performing at a church about 30 minutes away from here.  I've been wanting to see her live since 2006.  I became a fan after her song "Come Be Who You Are" was featured on a City on a Hill CD.
That song is here

Anyway, I got there early and got to sit in the front row.  The church was raising money for a camp for foster care kids which I was happy to contribute too.  I met a nice lady and we chatted, we were both big fans.

I'm so thankful for this treat in the middle of everything I've been feeling.  Just like the opening line says, "In the middle of the way I am, come be who You are."
Thank you God for loving me in my darkness and brokenness.