Today is the day, my friends! Today is the day my season in Seattle comes to an end and a new adventure begins. This time last year I was barely getting my feet wet in the goodness God had for me here, and now it is time to say my farewells and begin the journey south.
The places I will see today are near and dear to my heart.
Texas is home. It is my comfort zone, my family, my safe place.
Seattle was my adventure. It was my unknown, my leap of faith, my big surprise.
Oklahoma is my future. It is my next step, my newest destination, my place to trust.
Last night at Lifegroup, my friends asked what I would miss the most about Seattle. They are the answer to their question. Over the past year I have made dozens of new friends; I have met sister-souls and brave brothers who I will miss dearly. They encouraged me, welcomed me, supported me, and continue to do so even though my path is changing directions. It has been a bittersweet process making the decision to leave, and these people have celebrated me so well on my way out the door.
Monday night was a bonfire on the beach. We made s'mores, soaked in the sun, relaxed in the sand, and cooked hot dogs with crescent rolls over open flames. At one point everyone gathered in a circle, taking the time to share what they think of me and encourage me out loud. I wanted to melt into the ground, I felt so blessed! No tears from me yet, though. Those will come next week ;) As the sun set over the mountains, the moon following close behind, a small group of us remained. Zach broke out his guitar and we spent the next half hour singing worship songs, resting in the moment, and watching lanterns rise into the sky. It was a magical send off!
But my week had only just begun! On Tuesday, Emily came over mid-afternoon and I watched the Sound of Music for the first time. I know, I know... but better late than never? It was a much needed break from packing, plus I'm now dreaming of dancing through Austria and having seven children. It could happen right?
The afternoon turned to evening which sent me walking the three blocks to Green lake for the last time. Sarah and I relaxed in the grass for a picnic, much like we did my first week in Seattle last summer. Over a sweet and savory meal, we reminisced over this year and marveled at the things God has done in our lives. He is ever-faithful, amen?!
Today I will finish packing my car, stuffing bags, boxes, hopes, and plans into my tiny Beetle, and my dad will begin the 4 day drive. I will then heave my suitcases into Sarah's back seat and take off for the airport, lifting off a few hours later for home. There is so much to process, so many stories to share, and I have so enjoyed journeying with YOU this year, too. You are just as much a part of my story as the rest of them :)
Wish me luck in the move!
SIDE NOTE: I am also blogging today at Our Yellow Door about being single and thriving. Rachel is hosting a series on singleness, and I was honored when she asked me to be part of the team! Hop on over to her blog to read my thoughts on the subject so near and dear to my heart, and to find out how dishes and dating work together in that conversation ;)