Last post I wrote, I shared about some of the difficulties in moving and of how I was starting to miss home.
God is so good, because He’ll give us strength to carry on right when we need it, and for me He did this through bringing my sister Rachel and nephew Boe here for Christmas! 🙂
It was heartbreaking thinking about not being able to be there for Boe’s second birthday, or for the first time ever not having the whole family together for Christmas.
At first, we didn’t think we’d have the money to be able to fly my sister and nephew out here from Colorado. I was ready to settle for that and try to be thankful anyways, but when I told a friend much smarter than me about the circumstances, her response was immediate: “I’ll be praying for God to provide a way so that you all can be together then!”
She was so right on, and her faith was a humbling reminder that made me go, “Oh, yeah. I should have gone to God with that. Duh.”
She prayed (I started praying), and guess what? The money we needed to get them here was miraculously provided just a few weeks before Christmas! 😀
It was so refreshing for me to have them here, and for the first time it felt “right” or “complete” somehow being in this new place with Rachel and Boe here.
Maybe it’s because I’m so family oriented, I’m not really sure.
But it was such a gift, such a fun and sweet time, and there’s not a doubt in my mind God heard the cries of my heart and answered it with a little boy’s cuddles and laughter that made a quiet house not feel so empty. 🙂
And it was only a few days after his birthday, so I didn’t have to completely miss it after all!
I actually got sick on Christmas day, but having Rachel and Boe here made up for everything else completely.
I was so worried that Boe would have forgotten about me or been angry with me for leaving and that we wouldn’t have the close relationship we’d had before I left, but see if these pictures tell you anything about how good God is and the fun time we had…
Another thing that kept me going when the homesickness was hard was some incredibly thoughtful gifts and cards that came in the mail from some very dear friends:
All-in-all, it was a wonderful first Christmas in Texas! 🙂 I was sad to have it end and to say goodbye once more, but thankful all the same.