It is official.... a little over a week ago we (I with the help of some AWESOME friends) packed up our house and headed west. Way west. Cory recently took a new position in his company and we relocated to the Phoenix area. Words can not express how hard it was to pack up and leave all of our friends, our church, and lets face it, the beach. God had truly provided us with an incredible community of people who shared our faith, values, and loved us and Marcus so much. He provided a family for us where we did not have any. He provided people who pushed us to grow more mature and live out our lives for Christ. He provided us with the most wonderful blessing in Marcus. It is so hard to believe that we are not there anymore! We are really going to miss everyone who has poured into us the past 4 years.
That being said...on to a new chapter. I am trying really hard to be positive about this move, since it happened! So far we do like where we are living. We love our little neighborhood, it has a great park, we have already met more of our neighbors here in less then a week then we did in Columbia in 3 1/2 years, we found a new gym, and have already been to story time at the local library. The first weekend we were here our neighborhood had a block party...but it was more like a block party on crack. It was crazy. There were bounce houses, raffles, a gas powered train, and a petting zoo. They also gave out tickets for free pizza, a snow cone, and cotton candy. There were tons of people there. There were a lot of kids, but we are finding that a lot of people have children older then Marcus and are at the next stage of life (middle school stage). We did however meet a couple of families with younger children, got invited to a costume birthday party next weekend (really missing my creative friends right now), and met a family a few houses down with a little boy who is a year younger then Marcus.
We are trying to stay busy and learn the area and meet new people. I know that it will take some time to find solid friends like the ones we had in SC but I know that God is faithful and that he would not have brought us here and then just left us. He will provide for us. Please pray that we find a new church home soon and that God will build us up a new group of friends!
Here are a couple of pictures from our trip. the desert/mountains really are beautiful...
We live near the KC Royals and TX Rangers spring training and fall ball facilities.
As we were driving it looked as if we were heading straight for this mountain (with snow on top) but luckily right before we hit it we turned south.
Yes, those are giant cactuses.
The view from the park by our house...the mountains seem so fake to me, like a backdrop! Can't believe that they are real and so close!
Cory and Marcus riding a train at the neighborhood block party.