I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes...Ace of Base anyone? Whenever I think of that song I think of high school swim team and listening to a friends walkman...okay, now that I've dated myself, I'll leave that rabbit trail and get to the real story--the sign in our yard.
Yes, our house is for sale. Yes, we are moving AGAIN. And while there are a lot of things about moving that do not excite me, the fact that Pete and I have been praying about this and together have such a peace about this helps me to know that this is from the Lord. That is exciting.
First, we aren't moving far. Pete will have his own State Farm agency in Blue Ash, Ohio--that's on the north eastern side of Cincinnati, just south of Kings Island. So for our friends that live in the Centerville area, we'll be about the same distance away! However for our Xenia friends and for my parents and brother in New Carlisle, more like an hour.
Pete was in a line of people waiting for an opening here in the Dayton area, but we knew that there were occasionally opportunities to take over agencies in different parts of the state or even the country. We love living in this area, but had even discussed the Blue Ash/Mason area as an area that we wouldn't mind living in if it were an option. So when this opportunity presented itself, we began praying together and had a few things that we weren't sure about, but did feel some pull towards it. Within a week, we both felt certain that this was for us. Every question that we had was answered and the answers were better than we could have hoped for. One of the concerns was having to try to sell our house and move quickly in this market.
Thankfully, they don't need Pete down there until June or July. Most new agents only have about 90 days to get things ready for their office, but Pete will have 6 months--he's supposed to open his doors January 1, 2012. Those are just two examples. I could go on, but some of them are pretty lengthy. Just know that we don't really enjoy moving with little ones--particularly infants--so we wouldn't be doing this if we didn't feel sure that this was from God. Even though we'd both love to live in one house with our kiddos for the rest of our lives, we can trust in our sovereign God. I've always loved this passage from Acts 17:
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. " (v.24-28)
P.S. If you know anyone looking for a house in the Xenia area, let me know! :)