April 15, 2014 feels like the day my life moved from one chapter to the next.
After working for an awesome company for nine years, I decided to become a stay at home mom. After Abi was born, the firm I worked for allowed me a flexible schedule and I really felt like I had the best of both worlds: extra time at home and the benefits of working outside it.
However, for the previous year, I had felt change coming. I didn’t know what it was, but God began to prepare my heart for changes. I knew I would have to part with my house and that the time at my job was coming to an end. Jon and I talked through all the possibilities, crunched numbers and decided that if God was calling us to make this change, He would take care of the rest. We prayed through the “when” and the “how” and wondered what would be next for our family.
I let the partner group know that 2014 would be my last tax season and the search for my replacement began. They helped in the transition and made me feel appreciated as I prepared to leave the position that, up to this point, only I had occupied. April 15th, the last day of tax season, was my last official day at the firm that had given me a chance, hired me the year I got my degree, and taught me so much. April 16th I began a new chapter in my life. On that day in 2014 I was excited about being a stay at home mom, but I did not yet know that with in the next four months our family would be called to plant a brand new church, move twice, leave our church, struggle through trying to sell a house, transfer Abi to a new school and start the next chapter of our lives in a new city as church planters.
Whew! As I look back a year ago today, I am astonished, thankful, amazed and grateful for what God has done in the last 365 days. I am grateful for the people he has brought to pray for us, provide for us and encourage us on this journey.