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):