Right. We have been home for 3 weeks. This should have been an easy transition, right? Nope.
We were/are so happy to see our family and friends. We have missed them so much! We have had lunch dates and play dates. Mom and Dad came up for a birthday party we held for Megan and Luc (because we missed their birthdays) and we met them for a picnic on Fathers Day. We have seen the “big kids” and our grandson, Lucian almost daily. All of this does our hearts so good. Missing them was the hardest parts of being away.
So, what are we doing? We are settled back into our camper. Mike, has several wood working projects going and we are continuing our “sell everything so we can keep sailing” project. Anyone need any horse halters??? How about some automatic horse waterers? A car? A truck? Maybe some home furnishings…..? There are repairs to be made. The barn, windows, sucker rod fencing that needs welded, etc. It’s the basic upkeep of owning a place. I’ve made some new curtains for our room in the camper and I’m helping Sean around his place and we are re-established at church. We have VBS coming up, which is always a fun week. The boys (our former foster kids) will be staying with us for a few days this week, as well.
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how the Lord has used us this past year. The conclusion I’ve come to is that where I was the most miserable, He was using us the most. For example, selling our practice. I went through a bit of a depression while this process was happening. But, the new owner is realizing her dream of being her own boss. Another example, the hardest, was when we let the foster kids go. We, in all honesty, would have kept them forever. We asked about getting them passports and taking them (knowing that was very unlikely). My heart was torn and then Lynn said she had prayed about it and wanted to pursue getting licensed and potentially adopting them. This, although so hard to deal with at the time, has been ideal. Lynn has blossomed into genuine mom material. She and the boys have been blessed beyond measure and to see the positive changes in the boys, because of what she can offer them has been completely worth it!
When we left, we had been in our camper for 6 months and although tight, was not uncomfortable. We missed the hardest and longest winter in recent history (not that we are complaining about that) but it would have been terribly uncomfortable if we were continuing to live in the camper. Then there was the boat yard. Six weeks that WAS a little uncomfortable. We ended up with a much more sound boat than we started out with AND more importantly, ended up spending the next 3 months with a family, the Sivori’s, who will be life long friends. The Lord saw fit to put us within 4 miles of each other when starting out when we were all expecting to be on completely different schedules when we met in Brunswick 2 months before. Add all this to personalities that compliment each other, boys that are the same age and what I think was especially important, was that we were all taking off into unknown waters (literally) and had each other for support, back up, friendship and companionship. I’m not sure I would be so “boatsick” of it wasn’t for meeting these wonderful people!
So~ I miss waking up to the bluest and clearest water on earth, wondering what the days adventure will be. I miss looking out and seeing a random pod of dolphins, or a ray, or sea stars and other fish. I miss the gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) rolling of the boat when I go to bed. I miss Matthew having his own room, hopefully this is remedied soon. But, I’m happy to have my dog, Cookie to wake up to and my big kids and grandson very nearby. My closest friends that I can call and suggest lunch, or a movie, or a sip and paint class. I can see my parents within a few hours drive. I’m happy to sit with my church family on Sundays and being able to participate and teach my crafts class for VBS again this year and celebrate the Fourth this week in the church parking lot. This is why we came home and why we will be hear for a few more months.
Well, I’m off to do some yardwork and sort some things for donation.
In the meantime, if you haven’t watched our YouTube videos check them out. If you would like better video quality and a few glimpses of us, check out Sailing Ventolines YouTube channel. Links to both:
The Preys Project/ SV Voyager