Friday, December 28, 2012

What a Difference a Year Makes


2012 was a very big year for us. Bigger than we imagined in so many ways.  While last January we worried, worked and tried our best to shape our future in our terms, we both knew God was at work and His timing would be much better than ours. Little did we know what He had in store for us was exponentially better than our own attempts at planning.

I was pretty set on remaining a lead principal. I knew I was ready for a change, but I had no clue God would thrust me head first into the secondary world at a 2500 student high school. But he did. And I love it. My primary focus is instruction, which just happens to be my absolute passion. It was a tad difficult driving 337 miles in one day and then starting work within hours of hitting the DFW city limits, but it was worth it. Coach will tell ya, my whole stress level and outlook changed overnight. It was a very much needed break and God provided the means for it to happen.

And Coach...he's come full circle from the exact spot where he started his coaching career. While the past few years we've been accustomed to the hustle and bustle of a varsity football schedule, I must say it was a nice break to enjoy the middle school antics this season. Given Rob's need to spend time with his mom and other family, his coaching schedule is truly a blessing. There is something bigger than Texas high school football - God's providence in our lives.

And Little Man....where do I even start.  He's blossomed into this lavish, adventurous explorer with many opinions, thoughts and desires - and no, he's not shy about sharing them with anyone. He finally has the opportunity to see his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins on a regular basis.  That is what we wanted for him so much more than our own desires.  Later today, our house will be full of cousins playing and making memories and I wouldn't have it any other way.

And our newest family member...while we do not know the details, nor timing of adding to the Home Team, we know that in 2012 those dreams were realized.  Looking back over the two years we waiting on the waiting list and kept waiting and kept waiting...I truly believe God knew how difficult it would be on us to have a new child so far away from our families. Again, His timing and providence.

So to 2012, we bid you adieu and look graciously forward to 2013 with hope, promise and renewed spirit that God has even bigger plans for us than we ever have for ourselves. May your new year be bigger than you planned as well. Trust in God and see what He does for you.

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