our address: the open doors of family and friends.  

our belongings: spread out among one storage unit, two cars and three basements.  

our schedules: as demanding as usual.  

our hope:  high.

today we moved.  

we packed up everything, left our apartment and headed out into the world.  though we are not living in a van, aimlessly roaming the highways, we are still unsettled.

Thomas packed all day while i worked, and i joined in once i was home.  what we thought would be completed in 2-3 hours took 9-10.  we found a rhythm in loading boxes and bringing them to the truck.  we found the power to throw away "meaningful" items.  we found a Five Guys and indulged in the best french fries we'd ever had :)

(and we held off on arguing until it was late and we were tired... praise God) 

we arrived tonight at my sister's where Eli was sound asleep.  we hadn't seen him since yesterday afternoon and we missed him dearly.  there was something so peaceful about snuggling in to bed next to him knowing that all of the most precious things in our life were in that bed at that moment.

settling in as a sort of "gypsy" family has not been easy, but we have done it.  we have ended one phase of life and are moving into the next.  meanwhile, God has plans for us, i'm sure.

what i've learned from our mini exodus is that there is never really a beginning or an end without the other taking place, first.  we couldn't just rush out of the apartment; we needed to empty every single cupboard, decide what to do with the items, and be accountable for the rooms we left behind.  

and we couldn't fully end this time at the apartment without a new beginning on the horizon.  though the house is still not truly ours, not just yet, we needed to know that there was a place we needed to be before we could decide to leave.  as the praying one for the family, i felt God telling me the whole time that, just as He led the Israelites out of Egypt, so He would lead Thomas and I to a new home.

up until yesterday we didn't know that we had a place to go.  the house just appraised, which was the final step in securing our future residence, and we are set to move in sometime the middle of September!!  meanwhile, we are still on this journey of following the Lord's lead and moving one step at a time towards our Promised Land :)

my final thought was of Exodus 12:42, where it explains that "Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come."  

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible explains this verse:

It is a night to be much observed unto the LordOr "a night of observations", in which many things are to be observed to the honour and glory of God, as done by him, wherein his power, wisdom, goodness, truth and faithfulness, are displayed.

I will certainly remember this night as one where much of God's goodness, provision and promise was displayed.  Amen.

what kind of exodus are you experiencing? 

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