This decision about where to go and what to do has been a prayer-saying, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, stress-inducing, mental and emotional anguish causing, hard thing to do. And honestly I have avoided posting our decision on here because it is just so surreal, it isn't what I had in mind at the beginning.
We have our perfect little life here in Spokane. We have a great church, tons of friends, the city is (mostly) beautiful with lots of family stuff to do. This is the longest I have ever lived in any one spot (7 years), so Spokane has really become my home. Michael's parents live only 2 hours away along with one of his older sisters and her family, it means a lot to us to be able to visit on weekends and send the kids for a couple of days, spend holidays. I was a new Christian when we moved here and I have really "grown up" in the Lord here with this church family. We were newlyweds, no kids and bought our first house here. We had all four of our kids here. We have been through some growing pains in our marriage here, my MOPS group is here, all our favorite holiday traditions are here. To say that we are moving away is so very sad.
God has a different mind than I do (thank goodness!) and he has a place for us in Houston. He will go before us and prepare that place, giving us incredible things to look forward to, even though we are saying goodbye to some pretty incredible stuff here. Looking back, I didn't really want to come to Spokane either, but God had a place for us here. So, officially, Michael has accepted the job in Houston and we will be moving December 5th.