Whelp, we are back in TEXAS! Long story short, our prayers have been answered.
My hubby and I lived in southern California for 7 1/2 years and we've been praying about getting back to Austin for about 5 of those 7 1/2 years.
In a nut shell, my hubby and I always want to be in God's will. That is our most earnest prayer. These past few months has been crazy for us. We've known for over a year now that out house would have to go up for sale. The price of living there was just too much for us most of the time, and we had no choice but to either starve or get out from underneath our big ol mortgage. Guess what we chose? We opened escrow on our house in August. At that moment we started praying about where we would go next. Excited to see what God had in store for us. After much prayer and council, we decided that now was as good of a time as any for moving back to Austin and starting over. We prayed some more asking God for specifics, and He answered our prayers within days of our request. I've never been so certain. We aren't getting any younger, which means that we needed to do this now. We never pictured growing old in California. Austin is our home! I want to be an old lady here, riding around downtown on my scooter, complaining about the humidity. My kids are happier here. They are surrounded by family that utterly adores them. Although, they do miss their cousins in California. Which means that we will have to visit at least once a year if it's possible.
Living in CA has had it's wonderful moments, so it hasn't been all bad. We've made some great friends and God has grown us so much in our maturity and in our marriage. Having access to Disneyland whenever we felt like it will never be forgotten. Season passes, baby! Both of my girls were born in CA, so it will always hold a special place in my heart simply because of that. I will miss California. I will miss having only a 60 minute commute to the mountains or the beach. I will miss my sister-in-laws. I will miss the dear friends that I was getting to know in the months right before we moved. That is my only regret. Not growing closer to the sweet friends that I had made while living there. I've met some amazing women, but I neglected to nurture those relationships because I was so consumed with my family. Was it too little, too late? I'll never know.
Since being here, we've started back with homeschool and we've begun to "church shop". Finding the right church is always interesting, because they are all so different. My hubby has also been tirelessly searching for work. Austin has a huge music scene, so you'd think that finding a sound engineering job here would be easy. Wrong! It's all about who you know. So he's trying to get his foot in the door. God has something great in store for him, I just know it. Why else would He have brought us back here? His will is so perfect. I can't wait to see what's going to happen. I pray for perserverance for my husband. For strength when things get hard and when Satan is trying to trip him up. I love Joe so much and he deserves to be happy, and appreciated for the gifts that God has blessed him with.
I am so happy to be back here. "Thank you, Lord, for answering my prayers! Thank you for teaching me patience on Your perfecting timing. I've been praying for years, and You finally answered me. Thank you!"