Last year at this time I was leaving California headed to New Jersey to prepare for two years in Chile. My husband and I were excited and nervous about our new venture but we had it all planned out. Within three short months, the contract was cancelled and we were headed back to California and an early retirement…two years too early. Our carefully made plans and our financial future were in chaos. I knew the Lord had a plan for us so I wasn’t very frightened, but I knew it would mean major changes, including the possible sale of our home.
We had always planned to buy a motorhome and travel the United States but that plan had included paying off our home before we did. That plan was suddenly impossible to complete so we are downsizing and preparing to sell.
Christmas was bittersweet for our family, knowing this was the last year in the “family homestead.” Trust me, we made the best of it, filling every day with activities and fun things. Still, the thought that our family home of twenty years would soon belong to someone else stayed at the back of our minds.
My granddaughter told me she’d always envisioned being married in my backyard. As I pack things away, I wonder why I spent so many years and so much money accumulating things just to get rid of them now. But as each object finds a new home, I find a new sense of freedom. In the last year I’ve realized how much time maintaining all these “things” takes. I had a family to raise. I needed to make a home, a place of comfort and security for my children, their spouses and eventually their children. I don’t regret any of that spent money or time but I’m ready to do something new.
My son tells me almost every day that our family will change…everything will change. Yes, it will. An era is ending but a new one is beginning. My husband has always told our children that it’s their job to build on the foundation we created, to make our family one step better. It’s their turn to make a home, to build a place of comfort for their children, their future spouses and the babies to come. If they keep their faith firmly rooted in the One who gives all strength and peace, they will succeed.
As for me, I say have motorhome will travel. I’ll be around to give hugs and kisses and to share the adventures of our new life.