Goodbye America, Hello Turks & Caicos!

Just a quick update…

We are leaving for Turks and Caicos! Last Friday all of our belongings (except what we will be packing in suitcases) was brought to the Conway shipping yard and is currently on it’s way to Miami, where it will be put on a boat for TCI.

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Sean and his parents getting our things on pallets to send off

Sean will be flying out of Pensacola bright and early Thursday morning and will be in TCI by mid-afternoon.

We have a house, a 2bed / 2bath.

And we “might” have a vehicle but we are working out some logistical things with payment at the moment.

When Sean gets there he will begin setting everything up for our family… utility deposits, getting the vehicle (buying it, registering it and insuring it), internet, cell phones, basic groceries and moving all of our things in once they arrive from the boat.

On September 10th the girls and I will fly to TCI with the help of Sean’s mother. I couldn’t imagine getting through Miami airport with a 5 year old and a baby by myself! Then we will all be back together and settling into our new home, in a new country with our new baby.

It’s crazy to think the time is now here. The last 9 months have been a whirlwind to say the least! We were sad to leave St. Kitts in January… it was so hard to say goodbye to our home for the previous two years. But in April we settled into Montgomery, our home for five years, and it was wonderful. We moved there after getting married, had Maddy there and loved our friends and family dearly. When we came back for just 3 1/2 months this year, it was home again. We went back to our church, had Riley-Grace (with the same doctor even) and life was “normal” again.

Leaving a few weeks ago (we have been in Spanish Fort now for three weeks) was rough on all of us… but especially on me. When we left for St. Kitts everything was so new and exciting. I didn’t fully realize how hard it is to be away from loved ones… to miss births, marriages, graduations and deaths… and how hard it is to simply live in another country (even if that country has running water, electricity, restaurants and beaches).

But now we know.

We are excited to be moving to TCI but are going with our “eyes wide open” so to speak. We are eager to get ministry developed there and to see God work, but we realize no matter how beautiful the country may be, it is part of the “call” to miss so much back home.

So we would very much appreciate your prayers, not only for safe travels and for Sean as he gets everything set up over the next two weeks, but also for our family as we adjust to a new “normal” in TCI.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers, emails, letters and support! The next blog post will be written from Turks and Caicos!

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