For those of you that may not know, my parents are leaving their hometown and moving to my city. After much prayer on the subject, they believe it is what the Lord would have them to do. Of course, our family could not be happier about it. I have forgotten what it is like to have the privilege of having family in town.
When we moved away from home almost 9 years ago, we were very excited to have a new start in a new city. Although sad to leave the place we had both grown up and where all our family lived, we knew that it would be an adventure, that we were following God’s plan. What I didn’t know was how challenging it would be at times, or how much we took for granted having both sets of parents around.
I am so thankful to have had this time out on our own, so to speak, because it taught my husband and I how to truly rely on one another and the Father. It also helped me to see that I was more capable at being a mother than I had previously believed I was. It forced me to step out of my comfort zones and try new things, to really learn how to be myself.
However, as the kids, and our family, grew we definitely began to see the things we missed not having grandparents right around the corner. And forget just having the privilege of free babysitting! Just the simple K-5 graduations, awards days, rec. softball games, gymnastics meets, recitals, plays, activities at church; these were no longer taken for granted. Although our parents weren’t very far away, they were far enough and busy enough with their own lives and commitments that they could not attend most of these things. It is a difficult thing to see rows filled with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles for the other kids…while we just have a row of our littles and us.
Afterthought: Maybe that’s why we started having so many kids.
While we certainly haven’t had it as bad as others since they were only a day trip away. I just think it finally occurred to me how easy that was to take for granted.
So, needless to say, we are thrilled to have them move here! And we are counting down the days!! But as was so when we moved, it is also so as they leave their home. They leave some very close friends, a good bit of our family, their church family, co-workers, old high school buddies, and the students that they poured into at the Christian school that they head mastered for 10 years along with dozens of other students that my mother taught in her 16 years at another Christian school in town before that…the list goes on and on.
All that say, that I know there are hearts that will dearly miss their presence. And I have been so honored to watch as people have honored them and their service to their church and Christian school. I know I speak for my brother and sister as well when I say I was so proud to see that people love them as much as we do, and that people recognize the difference and the sacrifices they have made for the Kingdom of God.
I think about the fact that so many of my mother’s former students that I meet STILL tell me she was their favorite teacher. I think about how my dad retired early from a prominent company and followed after a calling from God to head master a small Christian school that was just starting out. And the fact that to make ends meet during those beginning days, he went to work for my brother-in-law stocking shelves at a dollar store at night. I think about how much prayer and hard work went forth from both of them to grow that school and make it successful. The fact that my dad went back to school and received his EdD at the age of 56. That my mother came out of retirement to help my dad with the elementary department of the school and pour her years of knowledge into the teachers. When she had every right to stay home and enjoy being retired. I think about all these things and many more that I won’t include now, and they inspire me often.
It makes me so grateful to God to call them my parents. It makes me so proud to see posts like this from former students:
(My parents pictured far left.)
I know they will be deeply missed, but I am so thankful that the Lord is leading them to our town. I believe God has much greater things in store for them than just being closer to us, and I can’t wait to see what. I plan on being a part of it.
Love you Mom and Dad!