Im feeling very reflective today…One year ago today I drove out of my hometown and left all that was familiar in the rearview mirror. The boys and I boarded a plane and said goodbye to Alaska and Hello to Texas. Jesse was already in Texas (he drove all of our stuff down) waiting for me and the boys to arrive, while we knew God called us to leave our comfort zone (our home, family, friends, church family and all things familiar) we had no idea what that would look like. Fast forward a year and I am in awe. In awe of all the things He has set up before us. I feel so blessed to have an amazing church family, an amazing group of friends and a support system that just makes me laugh…how did we get so lucky, so blessed?
Now don’t get me wrong, this was hard! I cried many a lonely tear wondering if I would ever make friends and wondering what in the world we were supposed to be doing here. Why He moved us to Texas and What for!?
When we began church shopping we found and fell in love with Northpoint Church. This church body became our friends and our family. We love NPC and the people, we love the heart and mission of the church and are so glad to be apart of this body. We are thankful to the people of NPC for accepting us with open arms and loving on us when we need it and holding us to a higher standard of life.
In the fall Zeke started Kindergarden and I started at a new gym. Who knew that a gym could be a community of people that I could grow close with and find great friends! That’s exactly what happened. There is a weekly bible study at the gym that I was invited to and I tell you what, it really helped me deepen these friendships and allow me to have a place of my own. These girls are amazing! And again I am so thankful for them and the community we find at our gym.
As I look back on the year it’s amazing to see what God has done! He has strengthened our bond as a family. We are a family of four that has had to rely on each other for many different things. We have also had so much fun being tourist in San Antonio walking the river walk and in Austin watching the bats fly from the Congress St. bridge. We went to the circus, floated the river, spent many lazy days at the pool, went to a pumpkin patch, we did Sea World, Six Flags and Schlitterbahn, we went to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving to see Granny and the rest of the Tapley Family, we celebrated Christmas with Wassailfest, and we bought a house and have eaten more than our fair share of BBQ! It has been a crazy beautiful year, on top of all that family of four fun, we began our adoption process. Who would’ve thought last year when we left Alaska that we would be adding to our family!! Not us, but God did!! Nothing surprises Him!
In all reality I look back on this year and see growth. Change brought forth growth in our family. Not only Spiritually but within our family. How exciting is that! We love living here in New Braunfels, we love the heart of this town and the community we joined.