Monday, March 16, 2015

A Year Later


I find it hard to believe a year has passed since moving back to Florida. Sometimes I think my life is playing tricks on me. I'll wake up and be living in another state tomorrow. 

(Hope not!)

We left in a hurry, choosing with as much care as time allowed the items that would see us through in our new home. Snow waved goodbye to us and the sweet sunshine of Florida greeted us once again. 

Getting used to a new area is never a treat. New doctors, new churches, new stores. I've been given a lot of free time to reflect on our past years. Time to accept the changes and time to be thankful for them as well. 

I've come to realize that God places us where he wants us. We can fight it or we can go with it. For now, Bonita is my home. Next week? I really don't know. But today I'm here. For whatever reason, I'm here and I need to remain open and willing.

It's not the place I figured I would be when I walked into a new decade. I turn 60 this week. My definition of 60 looked a lot different than my reality 60. Sure I wanted less wrinkles (don't we all?) but I also envisioned a stable home with my grand-kids nearby.

God had other plans. 

So I'm hanging out here in SW Florida until we get the word to move again. I'm sure it's coming. I don't know when or where but like earth, this place is not my permanent home. 

Are you open to change? If you had to pick up and move tomorrow, would you go willingly or kicking and screaming? 

7 comments:

Lin Floyd said...

good question, we've lived here for 8 years now. The longest my husband has lived in one place. He's love to move elsewhere but I wanat to put down roots here...

Retired English Teacher said...

Moving would be really hard for me. I can't really see that happening because we are both retired and don't have to move for work. I am one to put down deep roots. That doesn't mean I don't have fantasies about moving somewhere when I visit someplace new. I did that when we visited Florida. I thought of living there part-time. The truth is, I like to stay put. I don't like disruption. You are right though. God has plans that are not ours, and we never know what is up the road.

Karen Lange said...

It's hard to believe it's been a year already, wow! If I had to move tomorrow, much would depend on where I'd go as to my reaction. Some places would have me kicking and screaming (at least on the inside) and others not at all. Happy early Birthday! :)

Joanne Sher said...

Moving would definitely be tough. I am NOT a lover of change - nor is my son. But I would do it, of course. Happy early birthday, my friend - you wear 60 very well!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Where does the time go?? Florida sounds good. I never thought I'd end up in the mid-west... but it's been our home for 25 years (eeks)...
Every place has its time and season. Prayers for a blessed Florida Season!!!

Susan said...

A whole year, Terri? Yikers. I remember your saying you were enroute to Florida just yesterday. But it's really been a year. Wowsers.

Well, I did my fair share of kicking and screaming over the years. Away from my family of origin for 12 years just about sizzled my timbers but now I'm back.

If I were made to move again, I'd go, probably kicking, screaming and throwing major tantrum hissy fits. So there. Susan

Lynn said...

First of all, happy birthday! Entering a new decade this year as well, I am learning the state of being content where God has placed me. He really has given me so much, and lots of time to spend with Him where I am currently at! I am not where I expected, however I am growing (moving) internally more than I ever have any other season.