Moving: A New Season

Wow. I hardly know where to begin. So much in life is changing right now, and I only have a few minutes at present to tell you a bit about it.

For those that don’t already know, and for those that have been asking, I’m making a move to Missouri for a time.

Back in May (?), a friend on the west coast randomly mentioned a family there that could use a live-in big sister, and wondered if I’d be interested. While I felt it was a bit far away, the idea of living in a family setting again really intrigued me. My brother, Bryan, is frequently on the road hauling cattle all across the country. My sister, Tina, lives in IA. My younger brother, Shannon, moved to CO in Feb. (and later married Alice in Aug.). My dad made a job change (in Mar.) that takes him away during the week. I’ve really felt the void of having family about me all the time to minister to (though I enjoy the nights when Bryan can join me for supper). Over this past year, while I’ve really enjoyed my travels (taking me all over the country) and being available to minister to friends on a short-term basis, my body is craving staying in one place for longer periods of time.

After hearing about the live-in big sister situation, I began to pray for several things. 1) The Lord would open up the door for an opportunity to live with a family for a time, to continue to pour my life into others and pass on the gifts which the Lord has given me through my precious mother. 2) It would be within a 6 hour radius (or so) of home. 3) I knew I didn’t want to move somewhere just for the sake of moving. I desired that there would be a strong, supportive Christian church nearby as well (and there is one there. I’m already friends with the Brabo’s pastor’s family).

It was only a few weeks later that I first heard through friends (we share quite a few mutual friends) about the Brabo family looking for a young lady to help out around their farm. Due to busyness on my end, it wasn’t until recently that I began to explore the possibility of helping them. They were still interested, and my interest was growing as well. My dad had casually met Mr. Brabo in the past. I’d seen the family in passing numerous times, but I never actually met them myself. A couple of weeks ago, my dad and I went to have dinner at their home so I could met them, and hear more about what they were looking for. I enjoyed their company from the start, and I could see we had the potential to work very well together. I began to get excited at the prospect of living with/helping them for a time.

The Brabos own and operate an organic farm. My responsibilities will be focused mostly on household matters. I’ll be tutoring their almost 15-year-old daughter in homemaking things; helping with cooking, cleaning, organizing, etc.; helping them get settled (they moved to their farm only recently), to name a few. I’ll also be learning a lot myself: business ventures I could do as a wife and mother (someday), learning more about health and nutrition (which has always intrigued me, but I haven’t had much time to devote to it of late), among other things. Mrs. Brabo is deaf, so I’ll have an opportunity to learn sign language. I’ll also reap the blessings that come from living in a family setting. Plus, my dad works only 30 minutes away from where I’ll be. I’ll actually get to see him more this way! 😀 It is a amazing to see God’s hand at work, and how He answers prayers.

My estimated moving date is December 5th. I’m not sure how long I’ll be there, but I’m greatly anticipating having the opportunity to help for however long I’m needed/wanted.

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving in celebrating and remembering the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us all.

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~ by VoiceofAmber on November 23, 2009.

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