I’ve been thinking about things to write about a lot lately but unfortunately I’ve hurt my neck and have trouble sitting straight up for very long. It happened a couple of months ago and it really is a fascinating story. Are you ready?
I fell asleep and woke up in the middle of the night with an awful pain in my neck. The end.
Don’t you hate it when stuff like that happens? You’re moving along, life is great and then suddenly you make one wrong move and it ends up being a huge deal. My chiropractor said that it’s a bulging disc in my neck and it just takes time to recover. That hasn’t stopped me from stressing and obsessing over how to get better. Although all that has really done is give me (and Travis because he is the unfortunate one who has to sleep with me) insomnia. So, I have determined to not stress about it, take it one day at a time, to not to commit to things I can’t do right now (if it involves standing for long periods of time I can’t do it), and to take care of myself. If I’d done that last one proactively then I would probably not be in this spot to begin with. I really should have gone to the chiropractor years ago.
But in much brighter news, I thought I’d update about how things are moving along in the new house and new city. I wrote this post last year about how difficult a transition I was having so I thought it only right to follow up on that. The transition here was really tough. Part of it was leaving Franklin but another part was that our life was still partially in Franklin. We still went to church there and our Life Group was there so it really felt like our life was in Franklin and we slept in Spring Hill. Part of our neighborhood is brand new, they built out part of it in 2007-2008 but stopped building during the recession. In the new section of the neighborhood we were the only the 5th family to close on a house and so all of the people in our area were working on getting settled which meant that the girls weren’t able to really make friends as they’d hoped. We felt really isolated and it made the transition that much harder. Finally, just before Christmas, we were having dinner as a family and the girls just asked, “Are we ever going to make friends here”? At that point we really realized that we needed to make a change and decided to visit a different campus of the church we are members of that meets in Spring Hill.
We visited, not really knowing what to expect but it became clear pretty quickly that we were going to end up making the transition to that campus full-time. And even though we were sad to leave our old congregation with friends and mentors that had meant so much to us I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our family is THRIVING here. We host Life Group here at our home now and it’s something that Travis and I wanted for so many years but just couldn’t because our house was too small. Now, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, people gather in our home, we share a meal together and ministry happens. It’s honestly one of those situations where you never know who could show up and some people have come with their lives in shambles and they are ministered to here. I can’t even begin to describe how much that means to us. At one time, we were the broken ones being ministered to in someone’s home and now they’re being ministered to in ours. Even though my neck/shoulder has been a difficulty this summer, God has given us the grace to host every single time and my heart is so full.
The kids are thriving too. Yesterday Halle came home from church completely excited because she’d answered so many questions correctly during kid’s church that they finally asked her to give the other kids a chance. She said, “I felt so honored”. And my heart swelled with thankfulness that my kid that used to be so shy that she would only scowl at people is becoming so outgoing. The girls get up excited for church when before they used to cry on Sunday mornings.
Chloe has a best friend now- the kind you have for sleepovers- and we have the opportunity to swap off driving with her parents. They took Chloe to summer camp and I picked them up, things like that. Plus she has a whole other “crew” and she’s so excited for every youth meeting.
Travis and I are starting to build relationships too and we’ll do more things, have people over, etc. as soon as the neck issue is resolved. I’ve been doing some personalizing on the house and we’re really starting to settle in. I love our neighborhood so much and I love our location. We’re just a few minutes from the interstate and we’re very close to the new roads the city has built to help deal with congestion. Spring Hill is known for it’s traffic tie-ups and not having wide enough roads but we very rarely have to deal with any of that.
When we first started the selling and buying process I was adamant that I wanted to be no more than 5 minutes from where we were currently living. I was used to it and I didn’t want to have to change anything about our life except the size of our house. And you know what? God had so much better for us than that. It’s amazing to me how much less stressful our life is now and how much more full it is. Being close to our church community has drastically improved our lives and honestly, I love living in a small town so much more than I thought I would.
I guess the thing I learned-again- is that God is so faithful, He knows what we need so much better than we do and the painful, difficult things in our life are many times the path to something so much better. I’m so thankful that we listened and that He brought us here.
P.S.- I did not proof read this post and I’m blaming my neck :)