I've grown and learned a ton this year. And even though I was afraid to leave everything familiar behind and start all over again, I realize now, it was THE. BEST. DECISION. I have ever made. The transformations that have happened in this family are overwhelming, profound, and far beyond any expectations I ever had for us.
One of the biggest changes is within the relationships of our immediate family. When you only have each other to rely on, you learn quickly how to do just that. Our five children are much more close and attached to each other now than they ever have been. They are much more sensitive to each others needs and much more aware and feel empty when someone is away...even for an afternoon.
Our marriage has grown and matured even more than the children. With the new job came a whole new set of circumstances. My husband is busier and gone a lot more as he starts up a new company here. He comes home tired, excited, frustrated, starving, and any other feeling you might be able to come up with. Suddenly, I was thrust into a whole new batch of roles that somehow I had overlooked previously. And without the camaraderie of familiar coworkers and employees, I became a new sounding board for him, which I LOVE. Just listening to him talk about his day, how he handles situations and watching him grow professionally with lightning speed has ignited a whole new spark in me for him. I never realized just how wise my husband is. He's brilliant, seriously. He has amazing perspective and incredible creativity. He thinks so out of the box, it sounds crazy, but somehow, it's exactly the thought that was needed to propel him and his company forward. And since I have been given a greater view into the window of his work world, it has caused me to listen more deeply and intently to his perspective and out of the box ideas for us here at home. Yielding to him and his decisions more and more has netted a wonderful sense of calm in me. Let's face it, if you know me at all, you know I'm a control freak...so this has been a huge gift to me!
Allowing my husband to lead us into a new world was really difficult but has been so incredibly rewarding. So much has been gained emotionally, professionally, spiritually, relationally, even physically! I'm braver, more respectful, a better mother, a better wife, our family is healthier, more active, and we're much more in love with God and with each other. What more can you ask for?
It was hard to leave the one city I have basically lived in my entire life (with the exception of a few random detours), and to leave our family and the ones we depended on (a little too much maybe?) to keep our household running. It was hard to leave our friends behind. And our church. But we have found all of that here, plus so much more. So thank you, my love, for encouraging us to grow at lightening speed as well. I am so honored and blessed to be married to you! I am really looking forward to what this next year brings for you, and the rest of us!!
Checking out the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden one year ago...