Change has been a catalyst for me in my life learnings.One thing I’ve learned about change over the years is that it’s usually uncomfortable, it’s often challenging, and sometimes difficult to adapt to. Over the last four months, I’ve embraced many changes in my life, which is why this blog has taken me so long to write. The biggest change is the one that took place over winter break with our recent move to Colorado Springs. My husband, Geoff, and youngest son, Keerin, and I have made Colorado Springs our new home. We love it here! People have asked me what brought us here. After long explanations, it finally occurred to me—God brought us to Colorado Springs.
The last eight years, Geoff and I have wanted to move back to Colorado but it was never the right timing. Last summer, the three of us visited Colorado Springs and we knew then that we wanted to move here. We prayed about it and left all the details in God’s hands. If it was His will, He’d gracefully bring everything together for us with the right house in the right neighborhood at an affordable price. We also needed an opening at the school we had chosen for Keerin, and a transfer with the company Geoff works at. That’s not too much to ask for, right? I guess not because four months later, here we are!
Moving sounded exciting in the beginning but there were a lot of challenges we all underwent. One of the biggest challenges for me was leaving my family behind. It was very difficult to do. It brought me heartache and pain to leave my family. I grieved the loss of my family for several months. Another challenge I had to overcome when we moved was to obtain a new house, site unseen, for us to live in. Then, there was packing up the old house, saying goodbye to friends and my church, driving fourteen hours in unfamiliar weather conditions, moving into a new city and not knowing anyone, and having to learn my way around a new area. If you’ve ever moved away from your family and friends to a place you’re not familiar with, you understand.
The night we pulled up to our new house in Colorado Springs was cold and dark. There were no streetlights lit up on our block nor a porch light on to welcome us home. As I walked in through the front door of our new house, feeling exhausted and hungry and anxious to see what it looked like, I entered with high expectations. As I walked around the poorly lit house, that was built in 1908, I noticed the window blinds were dusty and the wooden floors that squeaked when you walked on them had many cracks in the wood that I could see the dirt underneath. I felt disappointed and overwhelmed thinking about all of the clean up I was going to have to do. I was crushed. Our new house didn’t meet up to my expectations from the pictures I’d seen online. In the pictures, it had furniture and was decorated cute and I fell in love with it. The house I was looking at now seemed empty and cold and not charming to me at all. I sat down on the dirty old wooden floor in the middle of the empty kitchen and sobbed. “Have I made the right choice?” I asked myself.
After feeling sorry for myself for about 20 minutes, I decided to make the best of our time in our new home in the 12 months we would be living here; after all, for whatever reason, this is where God led us to live. That night we all slept on mattresses on the floor of our new living room. We were exhausted from our long drive. As soon as our heads hit the pillow, we passed out.
The next morning, Geoff brought breakfast croissants to Keerin and I and hot coffee for the two of us. Geoff got an early start unloading the moving truck when an unfamiliar woman pulled up to him in her car and welcomed him to the block. Shortly after, a man walked up to Geoff and offered to help him unload the moving truck. He introduced himself as the neighbor two doors down from us. Geoff walked in the house and told me what had happened. I knew in that moment this was a blessing. God gave me a sign that we were right where He wanted us to be and that everything was going to work out (After all, how many neighbors have greeted you with open arms and offered to help you unload? That’s never happened to me before.) A few hours later, a woman walked up to me as we were unloading boxes from the truck. She had a smile that was out of this world. She offered to get us all coffee as she took our drink orders. I found out later she was our new neighbor’s wife who had been helping us unload the truck. I knew in my heart that she and I were going to end up being good friends.
After a few days of unpacking and making the new house our home with furniture, pictures, curtains, and beds, I began to like the charm and character of the old house. It felt light and homey with its wooden plantation shutters and pastel yellow walls throughout the house. And the open kitchen that has pastel lime green walls with the bathroom next to the stove began to grow on me. You don’t find many houses with a bathroom in the kitchen. Our new house definitely has some quirks to it and it has its charm, but that’s what makes it different. I love it! Before, I couldn’t see past the dirt and emptiness of the house, but now I look at our new house with different eyes. It’s helped me to be more open and appreciative. It has changed my perspective.
Perhaps there are some changes taking place in your life right now or maybe it’s time for a change in you; both are good. Change is uncomfortable and challenging, but I’ve learned that there is always something good that comes from change. Change has helped me to grow personally and spiritually. I am grateful for the changes in my life.
The new year, 2017, started out with many new changes for me and my family. It is also a new chapter in our lives, and living in Colorado Springs is a big part of that. Change is good!!! Is it time for a change for you?
Love, Joy, and Peace.