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Jul 07

GRITS goes to Colorado

I have not posted in a long time, not because I didn’t have anything I wanted to write about, but because I was waiting for the right time (as in, the time approved by my darling hubby) to make our big news publicly known–We are moving to Ault, CO!!

Tim has accepted a job as the pastor of two small rural churches in a beautiful area of Colorado. We are leaving in two phases–Tim is leaving with the U-haul, cats, and fish at the end of July, and the kids and I are flying up to meet him Aug. 3. Yes, this is 4 weeks and 1 day before baby Sarah is due. Let’s all pray she gives her mama at least a few weeks to set up the house before she decides she wants to see everything for herself.

We have been praying and discussing this job possibility for months and feel it is the right place for our family to go. However, that doesn’t mean that there are many questions bouncing around in my head!

1. How will the kids adjust to such a different culture and being so far away from family?

2. Will Sarah ever have a Southern accent? Will Naomi & Rachel lose theirs? (I am refusing to lose mine.)

3. Can I drive in snow???

4. What is it like being a pastor’s wife?

5. What’s it like in a culture where there is only one evangelical church in town, instead of one or two on every corner?

6. Do Alabama’s football games get broadcasted in Colorado?

7. Who is going to send me a box of Krispy Kreme every month? 🙂

I am going to miss all of our friends and family here in Alabama so very much.  God has truly blessed me with a great group of friends, neighbors, and fellow moms. I am very thankful for modern technology that lets us all stay in touch, but it still will not be the same as just walking across the backyard for a playdate.

I think about families who moved across the country, or across the ocean, before there were cars or even trains. Women who would leave with their husbands and children, knowing they would probably never see their extended families again. And missionaries, who give up their own comfort to pursue unreached people groups across the globe, maybe staying in the same area, but maybe moving from continent to continent, bringing the Gospel.  In light of these comparisons, moving to Ault (a 22-hour drive) doesn’t seem so huge. But I know it will still be probably the biggest adjustment in my life so far, and definitely in my children’s lives!

I am very excited about starting this new adventure, and I expect I will have much on my heart and mind in the coming weeks and months to fill this blog…if I also have the time to write it all down!

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  1. Kim S

    Congrats on such a bug move….to answer a few, yes you can drive in snow; take it slow and take your time getting places. Your kids will adjust, they are easy to make friends and keep in touch with old ones; mine did fine to such a big move. Being the only church in an area means that God has a lot of faith in your mission and knows that you can impact a huge group of ppl! We would love to send you a care package once you are settled along with some KK donuts!! I am so happy for this move and this opportunity for Tim and you! Many blessing and well wishes on your move!

  2. admin

    Thank you Kim!

  3. Joel

    Fear not. There is a Lamar’s Donuts in Fort Collins. I would trade every KK in a heartbeat. Trust me on this. (and also KK in North Denver when you absolutely must fulfill that craving)

  4. admin

    There’s a Krispy Kreme in Denver??? Awesome news! Now all you need to do is tell me that Colorado actually has a beach, too. 🙂

  5. Joel

    Denver even has Chick-fil-e. It’s a real city.
    But don’t discount Lamar’s Donuts. The variety, quality, and size of the pastries is excellent. The only downside is that you have to show up fairly early in the morning to have full options, and they are empty by 11am. That’s what I appreciate most about KK… being able to show up at 10pm.

  6. admin

    I will be sure to give Lamar’s Donuts a try 🙂

  7. Katherine

    You should NEVER TRY to drive in the snow. It’s dangerous. Just play in the snow and have fun, and stay warm!

  8. admin

    Hmmm…not sure I can avoid driving for five months or so out of the year…however, I promise to be very, very careful 🙂

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