7/15/2013

Change is Good, Right?

I have been dreading this week for months. It is the week my newlywed daughter and her husband move
to Peru. For five years. And I don't mean Peru, Nebraska.

This most excellent couple is pursuing Scott's dream of several years, helping Peruvians grow and develop businesses. Want to know how they'll be doing it? Visit here.

It's difficult, being excited and sad all at once. Excited because of the wonderful work they hope to do and because of all the ways God may be glorified through their efforts. Sad because I am going to miss my girl.

We go on weekend adventures together, spur each other on to achieve whatever our hopes may be, and share what God is showing us and how He is working in our lives. So often, He is leading us on parallel paths, teaching us the same lessons.

They have been packing up their lives. Choosing which few items travel to South America, what lives in Mama and Daddy's attic, and what finds a new home. My girl and I have discussed minimalism many times; she will finally be practicing it.

And so, My girl experiences her next transition, leaving a comfortable and familiar life to pursue a completely new life, learn a new language, do a new work, and live in a vastly different culture.

I'm excited, really, I am. But I can't help crying too.


10 comments:

  1. The tears are good for you. Thankfully these days you have FB and Skype, so you won't have to wait for snail mail. I hate to see them be so far away too, but like you I know when God calls, you need to listen. Have you decided when you are going to visit?

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    1. I am thankful for Skype, I suspect we'll be depending on it. Not sure when we'll be visiting, but once a year would be great.

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  2. Peru! What a great adventure and just think, now you can go visit her and see Machi Pichu

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    1. I saw there's going to be a PBS special on Macchu Pichu tonight. I hope I'll remember to watch it.

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    2. Wow I totally murderized 'Macchu' didn't I? lol Don't forget to watch it!!! :D I've heard it's quite a climb to the top. My former boss went a couple of years ago and took a special tour where you hiked up to the top in time for sunrise.

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  3. As an ex-pat myself (in Europe) with married kids who live in two other countries, I totally relate. It is part of life, especially in the world today. It's not easy to say good-bye. (My policy is never to say good-bye but rather to say can't wait to see you again. It works for my head and my heart.) It's great to focus on the positives. Now, you have an excuse to visit Peru. :o) Yay! And, your grandkids will be naturally bilingual. Yay! And, the multicultural experience is wonderful. Yay! Think of all the worse places they might have been going. It will put a smile on your face. :o)

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    1. You're right, there are many, many positives. I think it's great my future grandkids will be bilingual. And you are so right, there are many, many worse places they could be going to.

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  4. Reading this post in the airport on the way to Peru...excited that your blog can help me keep up with the hopes, dreams, and lessons. I love you Mama. P.S. this post makes me cry different kinds of tears too.

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    1. Love, love, love, hugs, and kisses.

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  5. Oh, my heart would be aching too. I have one daughter and we are very close. We have the same kind of relationship you and your girl have. I know you will miss her terribly, but all the social media connections will help. I think kids growing up and moving on is the hardest things a parent has to deal with. They are always are babies. :-)

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