Sunday, December 5, 2010

BIG NEWS: the wild frontier

i recently learned that, despite what the song says, davy crockett was not born on a mountaintop in tennessee.  he was born on the banks of limestone creek.  and right up the road from limestone creek in eastern tennessee is a town called johnson city...

we are moving there

i read a quote from davy crockett in which he described himself as 'fresh from the backwoods, half-horse, half-alligator, a little touched with the snapping turtle; can wade the Mississippi, leap the Ohio, ride upon a streak of lightning, and slip without a scratch down a honey locust tree.'  hmmmm...that's someone i think i might like to meet.  
we have all more commonly heard crockett simply called 'king of the wild frontier'.

i looked up 'frontier' {yes - my fascination with words continues}.  here's one way it is defined...
::the extreme limit of understanding or achievement in a particular area::

i like new frontiers.  i appreciate opportunities to be pushed to the limit in knowledge and understanding.  it's the pioneer spirit at work again.

i'm summoning all of that positive energy around pioneering and exploring new frontiers as our family begins to do just that.  because...the truth is...this is really hard.

if i am completely honest - i wasn't planning on moving.  i love our little home in the country.  i love the friends and family that surround us.  i love my job.  i love my daughter's precious school.  i love my church home.  i love the comfortable community that we have established here.

but i love the lord more than all of that.  i love walking in his will and following where he leads.  why?  because in my experience...his plans for my life always turn out better than the plans i had in mind.

there are times in life that God answers a prayer in a way that is completely unexpected yet makes complete sense.  
this is one of those times.  

over only a month's time door after door has flung open to provide an opportunity for joey to begin a coaching career under one of the most well-respected coaches in all of college golf.  and more importantly, for him to step into a role that he is passionate about and completely equipped for.  this is life giving.  and our entire family feels like we have been lifted up and placed smack dab in the most incredibly peaceful and joyful place.  that's why i believe this is a divine appointment.  we could never come up with something this good on our own.

am i sad?  yes.  am i fearful?  a little.  
but i can say with confidence that i step out willingly and with great anticipation about what this adventure will hold for my husband and for our family.

so i'll put a coon skin hat on my head, hop into our covered wagon {a.k.a. the minivan}, and hit the road to tennessee to see where this next chapter of the story leads...
hope you'll join us for the bumpy ride...