Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Waiting Game

Waiting patiently is something I am not good at! For Christmas, I'd always try to find where my gifts were hidden, for Easter, I'd peek where the eggs were, even now I try to bypass waiting patiently. However, over the last few years, I've learned more that what God has planned for me is totally worth for. Doesn't mean that I am more patient, just more accepting of the fact that God knows what he is doing and has everything figured out for my life.

One of the main things Brian and I have been waiting for here lately is for me to get the right job. Not just any job, but THE job. The job where people are friendly, work is challenging and enjoyable, benefits are available and where I can help to support our little family. I've been on countless interviews for jobs in Charlotte since we decided to move. I've even had a few job offers, but turned them down after praying about them and realizing that they weren't the right fit for a number of reasons. I've applied for literally hundreds of jobs, called HR departments and hiring managers, utilized any connections I could find, but still haven't been able to nail down the right one. I interviewed for one last week and after I left the interview, I had a gut feeling that I would get the job. I even delivered hand written thank you notes the next day! That was last Friday, I still haven't heard anything. Still waiting....

Another thing we are waiting for is to start a family. We really wanted to get pregnant on our honeymoon or be pregnant for our first anniversary. But, it is now July 1, 2010. Meaning, we have been married for almost 19 months and still have no baby. We've been to different doctors and tried a few infertility treatments. Nothing too serious, but stressful nontheless. But, after we moved here it became obvious to me why we hadn't had a baby yet. We would have never moved if we had a child to take care of now. I would have never moved away from my parents, my brother and our friends in Atlanta. God knew this, he had it planned all along, I just had to realize why it hadn't happened yet to appreciate his reasonings.

Atleast while we wait for these two major things, we are surrounded with wonderful people in our liwes. Brian is so supportive and encouraging and more than I could ask for in a husband. We have multiple friends who have dealt with infertility that are encouraging and great examples to look forward to. Our families are always lending support as often as they can. So, if I have to wait to land the perfect job, and wait to start our family, I can do it!

This feels like the calm before the storm, Brian and I both feel like something wonderful is going to happen soon. Something wonderful happened today, an answer to some prayers that we had no idea how they would get answered, got answered. Just another reason to wait patiently and to wait on God.

I opened my Bible up the other day and this was the first verse that caught my eye
"Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God
your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers." Philippians 4:6

Perfect for any day that has doubt in it

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New City, New State, New Life

Well, we have been living in our new home for about six weeks. Mooresville is absolutely wonderful! We couldn't be happier with the area we chose to live in. We live right by beautiful Lake Norman, we are close to friends, and Brian's school. Our church is a little bit of a drive, but totally worth it. We love the feeling of living in a smaller city, but being so close to Charlotte. There are farmer's markets here every weekend, quaint little towns, drive in movie theatres and good home cooking at all the restaurants. Not only that, but everyone around here is just so nice! Chimi and I have enjoyed seeing new parts of the area as often as we can. Often our date nights include driving around a new part of town and just seeing what is out there. Driving anywhere in Mooresville means you get to drive over Lake Norman, driving over it daily makes us both think we are on vacation because it is so huge and has over 500 miles of shoreline

Don't get me wrong, I miss my family like crazy. My mom came to visit last weekend and we had a blast. It is wonderful to have a mom who fully supports you. We took her all around town, to the lake, outdoor shopping malls, to our new church and lots of cozy little restaurants. We are anxiously awaiting more visitors to come. In fact, a friend from Church is coming this week, Kristin. Her brother lives here and we've been on a few mission trips together. It will be great to have a sense of home for a little bit.

Moving away from all your family and friends really opens your eyes to so many things. It helps you to build a stronger marriage because you rely on each other so much more. Moving away makes you realize what you took for granted before, like clean grocery stores, being close to church and parents. It shows you who your true friends are because those are the friends who call, email and send notes to see how you are doing and make sure you are adjusting well. You learn more about yourself, what you want to change in your life and what you want to stay the same. And, you aren't as afraid to make more changes and to be the change you want to be in life.

Moving is scary, exhilarating, joyous, sad, exciting, challenging and a giant leap of faith. So far, it has been the best decision we have made as a married couple!

Here's a quick look in our apartment, the living room and our bedroom.