Tuesday, March 22, 2011


"In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps."
Proverbs 16:9

I can still recall the day when Craig received his assignment to his first duty station, and he called to tell me that we'd be moving to Ft. Ord, CA. I was ecstatic! A small-town Pennsylvania girl like me would be moving to California!
When we left Reno, NV on the final morning of our LONG drive there, I insisted on being the one behind the steering wheel on that pivotal moment at which we officially crossed the state line. It was somewhat anticlimactic to still only see mountains and highway for miles and miles, but the scenery was very beautiful.

That was our first move together as a family. To date, we've had fifteen mailing addresses.

Along our nomadic path, Craig seems to have viewed each new location as merely a stepping stone back to our Pennsylvania starting point. I, on the other hand, have viewed all of the transition as "The Adventures of Craig and Dayna", with our children as our supporting cast.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to me, has signified "The End of the Road", and consequently, the end of our grand adventure. After all, there's a whole world out there to explore!

In 2008, when we made our pilgrimage back to Pittsburgh, I was sure that it was The End. However, God had another plan for us, and we found ourselves, ten months later, moving to Maputo, Moçambique. There, we experienced very high highs and rather low lows; but it, too, was a grand adventure. The Lord used that time to bring me to a place of submission to His will, and I no longer felt bitter toward the idea of living in Pittsburgh.

Since returning here last summer, we have been richly blessed with many wonderful memories made with family and friends -- not to mention a LOT of good food!

Recently, however, it became clear to us - despite Craig's efforts to remain here - that God has plans for our family elsewhere. In just a few weeks, we will be packing up and taking our African dog on a new American adventure in the southwest.

We have visited Houston, TX, several times to spend time with extended family there. We've always enjoyed our visits, and briefly entertained the notion of living there a few years ago. The timing wasn't right then, and the door was closed to us for a season.
That door has recently swung wide open, and with joyful hearts, torn over leaving our beloved extended family here, we will march right through!

For the march, I'd love to don these beauties (or at least an affordable knock-off version):


  1. What an adventure! Thank you for sharing yours with us here.

  2. What a wonderful opportunity for y'all...you'll need to learn that terminology, ya know! :o)

    Keep us posted on the move. Happy Tuesday!

  3. Would you believe that we're going to miss you?? Really. I've thought of you as the sweet "neighbor" family. And now you'll be way across the nation ;-).

    Many blessings for this season,
    The K's

  4. Thank you, ladies!

    Kim, that is so sweet of you. I've had this idea that I'd eventually get to meet you. If you happen to go to any more conferences in San Antonio, be sure to let us know. Houston is close enough!