Tuesday, October 12, 2010

3 years ago today...

Three years ago today my little family arrived in the state of Wisconsin to work at a church we had only been to once, to work with people we only met once, and to basically live in a foreign place, alone.  But we have not been alone...God has been with us every step of the way.  The moment we walked into The Ridge on our first day we felt welcomed, we felt warm, we felt at home.  And it pretty much has been that way ever since. 

I was telling a friend last week that when we moved here I was so frazzled because Molly was just 8 weeks old, and we had been living out of a cooler and sleeping on a mattress on the floor of our house while all of our stuff was packed on a moving truck, set to be delivered to our new home in a couple of days.  I also was so spiritually dry, and so hurt by people who claimed they loved Jesus.  I know people are not perfect, trust me, I am living proof of that.  But words and actions cut deeply, and leave you bitter.  That's where I was when we moved here.  Bitter, hurt, and lonely.  I was so excited for Eric.  Up here he would have chances and experiences he would have not got else where.  But I lived in a little cocoon for awhile and totally played the baby card.  Then little by little I began to feel love again, love from people who were just trying to do life one day at a time with this Jesus guy, just like me.  People who tell you how it is-which was very hard for me to get used to at first!  But I have come to appreciate their honesty and their willingness to be real.

I would say The Ridge helped heal me, and restore my faith in people again, but really it was all God.  However, God did use The Ridge to help me find him again and to leave my spiritual desert.  Clearly, I don't have a peachy-keen, hunky-dory kinda life...but who does.  I still have times of loneliness, frustration, and asking God, "why did you move us here?!"  But truly I love it here, this is my home, these people are my family, and I feel honored and blessed to be on this journey with all of them.

Happy 3 year anniversary in the cheese state!

 Molly at 8 weeks!
  These were taken literally on the day we moved here...
all of our furniture was in the middle of the living room!

Although we have lived here for 3 years we are NOT converted Packers or Badgers fans...we still are loyal to the Steelers and The Ohio State Buckeyes!!

9 comments:

Kristin said...

Awwww....look at Molly :) So cute!! I'm glad that everything worked out. I feel like I'm wandering toward that bitter, hurt and lonely stage and I'm just hoping that God will turn it around!

Mary S said...

We've been in Iowa for over 2 years now and I am still a loyal Badgers and Packers fan. I am glad you are enjoying my homestate! We are hoping to get back there soon! :)

Alison said...

So glad that ya'll are celebrating your 3 year anniversary at your church, and that ya'll are doing so great! Just posted today that I want to share that story of how God called us to serve at our church! Love seeing how God leads!

Jenilee said...

she is adorable. :) congrats on 3 years!

Holly said...

I can't believe you've been out there 3 yrs already! Of course it doesn't feel like we've been where we are for 5.

So I think it's safe to say you won't be owning one of those cheese hats?

Tracy said...
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Tracy: said...

So awesome to read your story of healing...we've all been there! Glad you are enjoying where you guys are serving! Cute pictures of your baby Molly!

Becca said...

AGH! I love seeing baby pics of Molly! I love her chunk! So happy that everything worked out for you!

Veronica said...

Yay for three years! That pic of Molly is so sweet! Audrey had those exact same jammies too...love them!