Just a quick update on our progress of moving:
When we knew we were moving to Thailand and were explained the process of moving and selling our home, I prayed that God would help us sell our home but to please let us stay in our home as a family until the very last possible minute. Had we sold the house quickly and the new owners wanted us out, Chris would have moved into temporary housing and I would have moved back to Rock Hill. Neither of us wanted to be apart that long or have to make trips on the weekends to see each other. The house has been on the market for 2 months and last night at 9:30we spoke with our realtor and approved the counter offer on the house. At first I was very upset with the home selling process but then Chris reminded me, it’s just business. They aren’t trying to be insulting when they offer such a low figure for my home; our first home, where I brought my son the day after he was born, so many memories are simply priceless. I finally put my pride aside and agreed to the figures that were presented. After all it is just a house and we have the entire world at our finger tips, just waiting for us!
The movers/packers came to do a consultation last week to know how many boxes they would need. We settled on packing and moving out of Greenville December 18-21. At that time we will (if we have not already) sell our cars to Carmax, clean up the house, and move to Rock Hill for the holiday to spend as much time as we can with family and friends!
And finally to solidify the move even more, we have purchased our ONE WAY tickets to Bangkok. We will be leaving Charlotte Douglas International on January 2nd at 9:30 in the morning and landing in Bangkok at midnight on January 4th. We have no idea where we are going or what we are doing, all we know is that we have a hotel room as soon as we land and we hope that someone will come pick us up the next morning to take us to our temporary housing.
I believe that if we only ask God for help and guidance with hearts full of love, hope, and faith; He will give us exactly what we need.
Therefore I tell you. whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.
When we finally leave the states, one of the things I will miss the most is the Fall. So many wonderful things happen in the Fall; let’s review.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Since I posted last, the weeks have been a total blur. Sometimes I really feel like building character is for the birds! There is just one issue after the other with our house and the move but this verse is very helpful when I need a reminder that the trials that we go through are here to make us stronger in our faith.
I am understanding more and more that God puts people in our path for a very specific reason and always at the exact moment when we really need them. In many ways, this year has been a rough year for me and my family.
If I wasn’t stressed out before I sure am now. I thought I was handling this all fairly well until this week (it’s quite possible I was in denial). (I’m not going to lie this is the cheapest form of therapy to help me through this process, so enjoy my craziness.)
I knew we were going to be moving and we only have about four months but I didn’t realize it would all be happening so fast. This week we have had two inspectors come to the house, Bud the siding guy and Bud the bug guy. Bud the siding guy was a very old, southern man that was amazed we were moving all the way to Thailand. (insert your best southern bumpkin voice) “So when you move to Thailand are you going to be speaking that there Japanese or Chinese?” I respond “ummmm we will be speaking Thai.” Bud-“Well I did a year and half in Japan 50 years ago in the Marine Corps and when I go to the Chinese restaurants here and try and speak Japanese to them they just don’t understand what I am saying.” Me- “well it is a completely different country.” Bud- “I guess…” (this is no joke, it really happened)