Monday, June 11, 2012
A true story: We're moving to Austin
part 1: Great Grace
Not everyone knows our story. We're college sweethearts, now married and sweethearts foveva. Sam's from Austin, I'm from Fort Worth. after college I got a job in Houston, and we've been here almost 2 years. I work in cancer research, Sam works for Ford Audio Video. I am head over heels in love with my job. I love the people I work with, and the guy I work for. It's a first job people dream about--if the pay was different, I would do it for my whole life.
Sam, on the other hand is a different story. His story is of sacrifice and provision. He's learned a lot in the job he has, but it's never been his passion. But daily I've watched him work a job that has driven us both to our knees at times for our family. He's the picture of a selfless, giving, loving man.
It seems since the moment we married (and before) we've prayed for a career for Sam. A place where his great passion can be put into use in the workplace. And for Sam, insurance is the perfect fit. And after months and months of waiting and hearing "no" and "not yet" and "keep waiting," the time has come. Sam has a job with State Farm and starts July 19th.
part 2: our incubator in Houston
When I took a job in Houston that started the week after my college graduation, most people thought I was crazy. We were to be married in 4 months, and I moved our little family to a city where we knew not a soul. We're a 5 hour drive from my family and 3 hours from his.
but the best part: it's been wonderful. it's been an incubator for us--time to grow and stretch and soak our lives in all the best. best friends, best churches, and each other. and it will be hard to leave. most days are filled with tears of some sort. but through the tears we're seeing the good. the good that we have been blessed with here, and the better that is to come.
part 3: the job search continues
so, Samuel starts his job on July 19th. From now until then, I'm job searching for things in Austin. I want to continue working in a lab environment. If the time comes for him to start and I'm still jobless (in Austin) I'll continue working in Houston. I'll stay here with some friends until I have a job in Austin. If December rolls around and I'm still jobless, I'm moving to Austin at that point. we've received grace upon grace for Sam's job and believe the same will happen for me.
part 4: family
we love Austin. Half of our family is there (Sam's side) and my family will be only 3 hours away. We love the state Capitol (where we got engaged!) We love our restaurants there, we love the feel of the city.
part 5: grace upon grace
When Sam moves, he can live with his parents if I'm not quite coming with him. And I have multiple places to stay here. It's strange and it's hard and there are still fears, but this feels more right and more us following God than anything. This is where God is putting us and it brings me immense joy to watch my husband pursue a job he's desired for so long. I have no idea how everything will work, or when I will join Sam in Austin, but we know God's going to blow our mind in all of it.
SO, in 5 short weeks Sam's moving to Austin. and I'm hoping to follow ASAP. it's none of our doing. We're just praising the One who lavished great grace all over our house. while it might seem out of our "5 year plan", God has given Himself and his Provision, and we're saturated in that. We'd love your prayers as I job search for jobs in Austin, pack up here and say goodbye to wonderful friends.