Sunday, May 29, 2011

Spain



We're moving to Spain.

There.  I said it.  Not that saying it means that I actually believe it.  Because it doesn't. 

The whole thing seems so weird and surreal.  Spain?  Really?  Ray and I talked a lot about moving to Germany someday since he spent time there as a child.  We even talked a bit about Italy.  But Spain?  Never. 

The news of orders was unexpected for me and shook me to the core.  My biggest fear was seeing the word "Korea" because that would have meant a year apart from my best friend.  A year of being a single mom.  A year of sleeping alone.

So when I heard the word "Spain", I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  It's not Korea!

But reality is starting to set in.  Spain.  SPAIN.  As in a 17+ hour flight with five children.  As in bedrroms too small for our king size bed.  As in streets too narrow to fit our 12 passenger van.  As in people who speak Spanish.  As in a 7 hour time difference from my parents.  As in packing and passports and doctor's appointments and and and...

Do not be anxious about anything...

God has something amazing waiting for our family in Rota, Spain.  And while I'm terrified beyond words, I am so excited.  It is going to be an amazing adventure for our little family of seven.

That said, I have some prayer requests that I wanted to share.  Some are small things, but all are important to me.

1.  A two story house.  This seems so silly, but the children have their hearts set on having an upstairs and a downstairs. 

2.  Friends for the children.  Drew especially could really use a friend.  He's been praying specifically that God would give him a friend.  I'm praying that God has a little boy in Spain who needs a buddy just like Drew.

3.  Preparations.  Obviously there is a lot to be done.  Five months may seem like a long time, but it's not.  There is a lot of things to wrap up here, and so much to do.  I have never even been overseas (let alone moved there), so this is all brand new for me.  Very overwhelming.

4.  Our families.  Please pray for our extended families.  While they are all so happy that our family will get to stay intact, I know they are all a bit sad that we are moving so far away.  It will make visits few and far between, and that will be so difficult.  Please pray for peace for everyone involved.

5.  Our van.  One of my biggest concerns at the moment is what to do about our big van.  The streets in Spain are narrow and parking is tight.  Our van just isn't going to fit.  Please pray for a workable solution and for wisdom as we make decisions about these sorts of things.

Thank you for letting me ramble and for praying for our family!