Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Next Chapter

It's been a long time since I've written. A whole summer has passed--a summer of planning and waiting. Today, we begin our next chapter in life. After two trucks are filled to the roof with our possessions, we start the four day trek home tomorrow.

Home.I love the sound of that word. You see, home for me has always been where my family and friends lived--not the ten years in Florida or this past year in Texas.

But for some reason, God wasn't ready to give us the green light to go back. We weren't ready. We had to spend this final year in Texas to take a deeper look at our life and our priorities.

It's come down to this--life is short--we want to spend it with people we love. Yes, despite the awful weather ahead of us.

We enjoyed wonderful times in PA.We raised our daughter there, buried three pets and owned two businesses. Memories flood us whenever we returned.

So we are starting over. Starting a business up again. Building a house to call home. Trusting God with all the details.

Life is never easy. But at least I will be living it again.

31 comments:

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

Wishing you the best. Keep us posted.

BECKY said...

Terri, I am THRILLED for you! I've kept up with your posts and know how unhappy you were at times. You said the twelve words I firmly believe, too: Life is short. We want to spend it with people we love.

Jan Cline said...

I read a sense of surrender and peace in your post that I haven't seen for some time. Now to stay positive even when it still might get hard - that's the test of your faith. So happy for you and I can't wait to hear what God will bring to your lives this coming year. Blessings on your trip and new adventure. Home is a good place to be.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Hip Hip Hooray! Three cheers for living it again. ;-)
~ Wendy

Cheryl Klarich said...

I admire your choice to follow your heart.

May the peace of God that passes all understanding rule and reign in your hearts and minds through our Lord.
Bless you.

Melissa Marsh said...

I'm excited for you, Terri! As long as I've been reading your blog, I've noticed how homesick you are for Pennsylvania and everyone there. I think this is a wonderful thing for you and your husband. :)

Erica Vetsch said...

I hope your move is a blessing, and that you are really happy in your new (old) home. :)

Loree Huebner said...

You know that I wish you the best on your moving journey. I'll keep you in my prayers. Think of it this way, the move will be done and over with by this time next week. Woot!

It's so amazing how much we learn on our life journey. I'm so happy for you!

Lily Robinson said...

I was so happy to see you posted again, and even happier to read 'home' in your words. I pray for you.

Retired English Teacher said...

I also am wishing you the best. God bless you as you move into the next chapter.

Kenda Turner said...

Best wishes on your move, Terri, and as you begin this new chapter in your lives. May there be many, many blessings that come your way as you go!

Linda O'Connell said...

You sound so relieved and excited. My best to you and blessing in your new adventure Terri.

Susan said...

Wow, Terri. That was surprising news. I am SO HAPPY for you guys. Our paths have been similar, Terri. Let me tell you, you CAN go home again! Things won't be the same but they will be good. As you said, you will be HOME. Susan

Lynda R Young said...

That's so wonderful to hear!! Good luck with your new life, new business and new home. May God bless this new life.

Natalie said...

Good for you, Terri! Life is too short not to live it to the fullest. I hope this move is just what you need.

Diane said...

I'm so happy for you, Terri! HOME...

All God's blesings to you. And thanks for letting us know.

We're on this journey home with you!

Carol Riggs said...

Best wishes as you start your NEW CHAPTER, and prayers for safe travels. xoxo

Lin Floyd said...

a new beginning-welcome back to your blog! and homeland....

Nancy said...

Sounds wonderful and I'm so happy for you.

Joanne Sher said...

So VERY thrilled for ya, Terri! Praying as you settle back where you're led.

Sassy Granny ... said...

I know what a dream-come-true this is for you, Terri. As familiar as it will be, I've not doubt it's yet another new chapter ... one filled with adventures & joys.

Safe journey. I look forward to an update on the other end of it.

Linda Hoye said...

Home. Such a sweet word. Wishing you the best on your journey.

LisaShaw said...

Hi Terri,

It's been a while since we've connected. I'm glad to read that you are trusting God with the details and starting over and up again!

I pray it's everything and more that God has for you and your family!

Much love!
Psalm 27:13-14

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Wishing you much joy and contentment in your new home. May dreams on hold during this transition begin to swirl again. And may the atmosphere be filled with His peace and glory.

Congrats.......



Karen Lange said...

Wishing you all the best with this next chapter in your journey!

Sending hugs your way.
Blessings,
Karen

Trisha said...

Blessings Terri, so glad you are going home and so excited you are starting a business. Also glad you are writing. God is good!

Rhonda Schrock said...

Another chapter, another adventure, more stories! Excited to see where the road (and your Guide) will take you. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Wishing you the best Terri. Glad you will be returning home, closer to the people you love.

Stacy Henrie said...

Love this post! Good luck with this new life chapter. How cool that you're going "home."

Cheryl Klarich said...

Still praying for you!
Keep living the story--it's a good one.

BLess you!

Analisa said...

Awesome. It's an act of faith to begin again. But God is the God of beginnings and He will meet you there. Just put everything big and small in his hands