The next thing.

by Lesley on March 20, 2014 · 3 comments

in santa barbara

I mentioned last week that we’ve been facing some big decisions. I wanted to share that our family is moving to Santa Barbara early next week. It’s quite sudden and unexpected and wonderful and sad all at the same time. Wonderful because we’re heading closer to our families and closer to the ocean but sad because it means leaving a caring community, and a city we’ve come to love…not to mention the little house we’ve poured into. I’m still processing this big change but one thing is for certain: God wants us in Santa Barbara. I’m so thankful for the way He is working in our hearts and our home to make this change happen. I can’t wait to fill you in someday on all the little details of this move, but for tonight this quote will have to do:

“Everything is interim. Everything is a path or a preparation for the next thing, and we never know what the next thing is. Life is like that, of course, twisty and surprising. But life with God is like that exponentially. We can dig in, make plans, write in stone, pretend we’re not listening, but the voice of God has a way of being heard. It seeps in like smoke or vapor even when we’ve barred the door against any last-minute changes, and it moves us to different countries and different emotional territories and different ways of living. It keeps us moving and dancing and watching, and never lets us drop down into a life set on cruise control or a life ruled by remote control. Life with God is a dancing dream, full of flashes and last-minute exits and generally all the things we’ve said we’ll never do. And with the surprises comes great hope.” –Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

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tabitha_carnes
tabitha_carnes

I love that quote from Shauna, and I selfishly am excited that you're going to be in Santa Barbara. Maybe we can grab coffee/tea sometime (or a beach walk)! :-)

_heymelissa_
_heymelissa_

Hi Lesley!


Good luck on your new adventure! We (the hubby and I) moved back to Sac from SLO just before our wedding last year and I understand the bittersweet feelings but I'm sure you'll have no problem fitting into your new digs and you'll have a reason to come back and visit all your friends here. It was great meeting you a few years back, having lunch with you at Crepeville and picking your brain about PR in Sac. May you have many more exciting adventures to come! (and I'm super jealous that you'll be so close to the beach!)


-Melissa

LittleMissOrangeBlossom.blogspot.com :)

ErinGorham
ErinGorham

Hey Lesley...we are exploring a possible big move ourselves and wondered if you had any recommendations for reading/devotionals/prayers that would help us in the decision!! Beat of luck to you all as you settle into your new home!!