Friday, November 20, 2009

Memories and Moving on. . .

You've heard the saying, "The one thing in life you can be sure of is change."
It's true, you know.
Things are always changing here at the troops - and I'm sure at your house, too.

I'm getting better at change.

I LIKE security. Things staying the same IS security to me. But it's not reality. For the first 13 years of our marriage, babies were our huge factor of change. And while the babies were still coming, we started the kids in school, which meant EVERY year brought a lot of change for them and for me.

Four years ago we moved to this house. It's a great house. But it's brought a lot of change, as well, as all houses will. Our joke is, "What next?" with this house. I've accepted that it will always be something and we'll deal with it as it comes. Such a great house for us.

Kids are always changing. Good heavens! Always changing. We move through so many phases at the troops that it seems like every week is a new experience. Who is having trouble sleeping in their own bed THIS week? Who has decided that they are queen/king THIS week? And on it goes. . .

The Coach's job changes a lot, too. August (when it's still Summer) he starts football. Then games. Then (sometimes) playoffs. Once football is over it's MUCH quieter until after Christmas. Then he starts workouts after school. Then after school gets out in May he starts his Summer job at school with early morning workouts for the athletes. See what I mean? Never a dull moment!

Today we have a BIG change happening here at the troops. The Coach's car.

I love his car. What fun memories we have. Little weekend trips together. Date nights without the kids. I always take it on the weekends to run to the grocery store or do errands with a kid or two. SO much smaller than our big green van (which I am so very grateful for!). And just a couple of weeks ago, a visit with my friend S to visit Crazy Daisy and her new baby girl!

God has always taken care of us. And this time we have a chance to get a much newer car with lots fewer miles that has the same number of seats, but in a much more practical arrangement with more space in general. Isn't God good?

In the meantime. Here's saying good-bye.

Here's our crew at 7:00 this morning on their way to school in the Coach's car for the last time. (sniff)
I was holding Little Man while I took the picture. He wasn't awake enough to participate.
(and it's "Bedlam" day at school, hence all of the t-shirts)

Seeing this picture makes me wonder how they all FIT (not Daughter #7 - she stays with me, of course). Ha!

The "old" car was miraculously provided by our Heavenly Father. And the new one was, as well. Every good gift is from above. We know that.

So things continue to change. Sometimes day to day. . . sometimes month to month. But they WILL change. Sometimes I'm glad for the change. Sometimes I'm sad. But ALWAYS, I know that true security lies not in my circumstances or my stuff, but in the Lord.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Heb. 13:8

He will NEVER change. That's something you can count on.


Jamie S. said...

That truth is what brought me to Him so many years ago, seeing I everything in this world is fallible or always changing. He is the only One who never changes! Definitely something to be thankful for!

Judy said...

When I was younger I accepted change better. Now as I am approaching my 70's (unbelieveable!) change is more difficult. Yes, so thankful that we know the One who never changes.

Zimms Zoo said...

So true! I hope you are getting a Trooper! ha

That is how I felt about the van and I still miss it some. After all we brought 2 new babies home in it. But I am loving the Suburban and how it just plows right through big potholes full of water.

Lori said...

Hey friend! We have decided to make tomorrow a one day trip. Not for sure if I will have any extra time or not, but if I do, I'll call ya! :) Have a great day!

Corrie said...

Hey - had to jump on just to see the pictures. I sure miss you guys! Hope you had a marvelous Thanksgiving. We've got P's brothers + a girlfriend here. Great fun! Successfully cooked my first real turkey today. :-D