Sunday, July 13, 2008

We're HERE! but....not there.....

Yesterday was a long gruelling journey. Many mountains to climb and valleys to traverse. Feels like the way of life. As we pulled out of our little culdesac and said goodbye to the beautiful house we built, my heart felt strong. I felt sure. Suddenly, out of my open window I heard voices yelling and through my rearview mirror saw two figures clothed in naught but housecoats running down their driveway at eight in the morning. Our dear neighbours and friends Luke and Tianna heard us about to leave and ran bleary eyed and touselled to see us off. They encircled us in a tight group hug and prayed a blessing over us. This is when my emotional dam officially burst forth. For the next two hours as the glorious orchard country whizzed past my window my heart said it's goodbyes. This has been the one place Dustin and I have ever known as home since we've been together. This home has held a group of friends as dear to us as our own family. This family of friends has encircled us with their love and filled all the corners of our hearts. As I drove away I was sad, but more then sad my heart sang to God praises of thanks. I cannot help but feel like Summerland was God's gift to us. A place to learn and grow and be loved. Every person that came into my life was a beautiful piece of this gift. And even more than that, but a way for God to shower us with his Grace and Love. And so I leave full. These feelings have surprised me. I thought I'd feel a bit of fear, anger even. Instead I feel awash with peace and hope for what our future holds for us.
As the tall, towering mountains gently flattened into the rolling prairies as we drove I was overwheled by the beauty of it. The most spectactular sunset blazed in the heavens to welcome us. I thought for sure I'd be wanting to turn back and run, but instead I gladly drove on into the heart of that great, golden sky that stretched before me.
I still don't feel like this is my home yet but as we slowly pull out the boxes and watch the kids run around excitedly I know those feelings aren't far away. I know that my heart will aways love Summerland and the people who have made it home for us. My first love, of sorts. But, I know I will love what's in store for us here. A life full of it's own mountians and valleys to travel.
I miss you guys and I love you all. I thought about listing all the names but I'd be here forever and I don't want to forget anyone. You know who you are.

But, don't worry....we'll be back.

13 comments:

Heidi said...

I really wish I had been in town to be a part of your going away party. Looks like you all had a great time. What a great group of friends you have made here. Great people attract other great people! As hard as it must be to leave, in no time you will also feel that way about your new home. I am sure your parents are so very excited to be closer to your children. You will definately be having to keep up this blog. Good luck with your photo business. God bless you and your family.

April said...

I'm looking forward to seeing you in Lethbridge - as I think of you, I'll pray for you in your transition. Praise God for giving you a thankful heart - I'm learning that's the best 'cure' for the 'blues.' See you soon...
Love April

Jen said...

It will feel like home in no time Christy! As soon as you have made a few memories there, you'll feel attachment to your new abode. That's how it was for us anyways.

Your attitude sounds so positive, even though this is a challenging time. Good for you!

We'll have to come out that way soon. :)

Montana said...

Welcome home Christy!
Carolyn

Joyce said...

If you need help with anything phone me! I told your MOm and she said she would relay the message...but I thought i would offer 'personally' 403-345-4615/403-634-7038 anytime, i have a 'few' strong boys that can give you a hand as well!
Love Aunt Joyce

Amanda said...

It makes me happy to hear your heart is already at such peace. But still, boo for leaving! I am a mess! :)

Janice Vandyk said...

i don't think we can be friends... the shoes are too big to fill!


;)

Prue said...

"Philippians 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

It sounds like God has given you some of that peace that passes understanding. Praise God!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

What a beautiful post Christy. I know you guys will find sunshine where you are going. I am so glad God has given you a peace about it and stilled your heart. Can't wait to see pics of your new surroundings.

Bloggy Mama said...

Praise the Lord for peace and his guidance on our journeys and our lives. Love...

Anonymous said...

We'll keep you in our prayers in this transition time. God is sweet, and he's just moving you guys from one giant blessing to the next.
We love you and hope we see you surprisingly soon.
Smooooch!
-Danica

Pete and Mel said...

Welcome back to Lethbridge, where the sun shines more than anywhere else in Canada! I look forward to seeing you again and meeting your family. Love, Mel

anthony vargas said...

Hi Joyce my name is Anthony I've been trying to get a hold of John Vandyke it's about the car he sold me I need some paper work to register the car. Please have him contact me at
Anthony.Vargas77@gmail.com
Thank you and God bless