I apologize for the lengthy absence! A lot has been going on in the Klement household as of late.
Quick recap on my summer thus far. We have been on two camping trips, two trips to Portland, a weekend getaway in Lake Tahoe, and we are currently in the process of going through all our possessions and getting ready to have a yard sale. To say it has been busy would be an understatement! On top of that has been regular life, unexpected life, and trying to help my parents as they also get ready to make the move.
Our current plan is to move to Arizona around the beginning of fall. Which, to be honest, breaks my heart a little because autumn is hands down my favorite time of year. I love everything about it, and right when I’m going to start smelling it in the air – we’re going to move to the desert. Where it is hot and very much not autumn-y. And I’m still having to reconcile myself to that.
The closer, and consequently more real, the move gets, the more I find myself backpedaling. Maybe Arizona isn’t such a good idea. Maybe moving isn’t necessary. How am I going to stomach leaving all this behind? How on earth am I going to make new friends? Is God really telling us to go, or is it a decision we came to on our own?
This move is HUGE. To the girl who thrives on comfort and consistency, the one who has never left the West Coast and lived her entire life in Oregon, the girl who is an introvert and not good at meeting new people, the girl in love with autumn and mountains and rain… This move is pretty much the opposite of all that I know and love. It is enormous, and it is intimidating.
But that doesn’t make it a bad thing. I am truly excited; it will be such an adventure! A new part of the world to explore. But as it becomes more real (we are talking NEXT MONTH, people), the doubts and fears are coming out of the woodwork and I’m having to force myself to not dwell on the unknowns. I have to remember the conviction we felt, all the little ways that God made us believe this to be His will. And I’m praying that He continues to do so, because I need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is where He is leading us.
I am so thankful, however. Thankful for all the many blessings we’ve received; and for the ways that God has grown us through hardships. I am thankful that we serve a good and loving Savior. I am thankful for the many ways we can keep in touch with loved ones in this day and age. Distance isn’t quite the separation that it used to be.
For now the job hunt, house hunt, downsizing, and packing continues! I’ll write again soon.