Thursday, July 2, 2009

Reality Check

I had one of those moments last night, when I realized all that was coming up in our lives.

I mean, I know about all of these changes, but it seems to hit me in waves at times. Am I sad to leave my parents and sister? Oh yes. It is so hard to imagine holidays and birthdays without them, and it's especially hard to imagine just our day to day living without them.

Am I excited about the adventure that is coming? Oh, yes. But it's mixed with a tinge of sadness. Don't ever let my excitement for our move rule out the fact that I am so sad to be leaving everyone. And just so you know, I never imagined this life. I always pictured getting a beautiful country home near my parents, raising our kids by them, and spending holidays with our ever growing family.

I never thought that I would be moving across the Atlantic Ocean to the Middle East, to a land where most of my family is terrified of visiting me. I put on a brave face and say "you'll visit right?" but I know that most people won't, and that breaks my heart a little.

I do, however, know that this is the right thing to do. This is where we should be moving, these are the people we should be amongst, the culture we should integrate with.

So, our timeline looks like this:

Currently: Living in FL with my in-laws and brother-in-law
Late August: Move to TN to be with my parents
Mid September: Quick trip to Jacksonville, FL, to be officially appointed for our job
Mid October: Move to Richmond, VA, to begin our two months of training for cultural and language acquisition
Mid December: Finish training, head to TN for Christmas, FL for New Years.
January 2nd ish- Move to the Middle East

So, if anyone wants to plan and adventurous vacation, start saving! Ya'll are all welcome to come out to Jordan to see us!


Erin said...


You two are so brave, and even though there is no safer place than the center of God's will, it still must be scary thinking about leaving the comfort of the familiar. We'll be praying for you!


Marsha C said...

All I have to say is warm up the camels. We want to ride. We hope we can be one of the first visitors. It will be tough at first but hopefully between the us visiting you and you visiting us it won't be as hard. We love you and know that God will be watching over you every step of the way

Mrs. Ruby said...

Wow. You are so strong. What an amazing adventure for you and your husband though!

Callie said...

Your moving schedule is so crazy! I already knew that and it still makes my jaw drop. I'll be praying fo ryou, Friend. I know it must be hard sometimes, and a little scary, to be going so far away!

Brian and Ashley said...

Hey Brittney- this is my first time to visit your blog. Can you say where you are going in the Middle East? What an exciting journey!