Long Story Short – A Quick Guide To Our Family’s Big Changes

July 2011my husband takes a job with his company in Chicago. The kids and I stay behind in Houston so our oldest daughter can finish her Senior year in high school. We anticipate all of us moving to Chicago in the summer of 2012.


January 2012 – my husband’s company opens an office in Dallas and transfers him there. It soon becomes apparent that we will be moving to Dallas instead of Chicago. I cry. I want out of Texas. I pray. I come to terms with the change of plans and find peace.


April-ish 2012 – rumors begin swirling about a job opening on the West Coast at my husband’s company. Our ears perk up.


May 2012 – a job does indeed open up, and not only is it on the West Coast, but possibly based out of Portland. The same town we moved from 4 1/2 years ago and where we left a huge chunk of our hearts. We pray. My husband applies for the job.

maybe portland

June 2012 – our daughter graduates from high school. My husband interviews for the job. I interview for a job. On the same exact day, my husband is offered his job and I am offered my job. Our prayers are now prayers of immense gratitude.

yes portland

July 2011 – June 2012 – More tears than I can count, worries, stress, struggles, but blessings, too. A stronger family, a stronger faith, especially as we’ve had to put so much in God’s hands.

And now…

It looks like we will finally be moving the 1st week of August. In one more example of God’s hand and timing, we will be renting a house from a family we knew in Oregon who had just recently decided to move to Utah. We were praying for a good home in a good neighborhood, they were praying to find a family they knew to rent their beloved home. All of our prayers were answered in the kind of story that gives you goosebumps.

I feel like I’ve been  holding my breath for so long, just endeavoring to live through a trying time. I’m beginning to feel whisps of fresh air on my face, though, and I am excited for the challenges and changes ahead!



  • MoninaW

    My heart is so happy for you, I don’t even know what to say. <3

  • {Melinda} Wow! Is your head still spinning? I am so happy for you. Doesn’t it just remind you how faithful and amazing and creative God is when He does this kind of stuff in our lives? Plans it all out in ways we never could have manufactured ourselves. Blessings on your move and in your new jobs!

    • Yes, honestly, my head still *is* spinning just a little. 🙂 I am looking forward to some time a few months from now, when we’re all settled in our new home, and things begin with our “new normal.”

      And I so agree with what you wrote about God’s plan. I joked with my husband that in so many of my prayers this year, I would go to God with all these ideas of *mine,* and I kept feeling like God was saying, “Would you please just hold on! I’m working on something here!” 🙂
      It’s been a HUGE lesson in faith!

      • {Melinda} I’m pretty good at giving God all my grand ideas. So glad He does what’s best for me instead! 🙂

  • Becca

    Isnt is just amazing when everything works out that way?  Congrats and good luck on the move 🙂

  • I am so happy for you and your family!!

  • Jenn

    I am so happy for your family.

  • Suzanne

    That is amazing news! It will more than make up for the fact that you have to pack up a house and move half way across the country.  Do I see another hashtag & tweeting adventure coming your way?

    • Ha ha! I’m not sure if I’ll have the presence of mind to tweet/blog this particular adventure! I think it will be a little more shoulder-to-the-wheel than anything else. We’re so excited, though!

  • mommycracked

    I am SO thrilled for you!  I love how His timing is ALWAYS on time!  I’m excited for your new adventures!!

    • Thank you!! 🙂 I confess, while I am usually faithful in knowing that God has a plan, I often have less faith in the timing of things. That’s just the hardest part for me. This has been a great experience in building that part of my testimony, though!

  • What wonderful news!  So excited for you & your family! 

  • Nicole

    Come on, Texas is awesome. It’s a little hot right now, but still
    awesome. But I understand, Oregon is home. Thank God that He is God and knows
    just the right time to move us where He wants us to be.