Friday, May 04, 2007

Reality is setting in...


I took one and my wife took the other. We had to split up yesterday as Chase had T-ball practice at one place and Grace had softball practice at another. I was with Grace at hers when my wife calls me and says, "There's a surprise for you when you get home". I didn't have a clue what it could be. I still had about 30 minutes left at Grace's practice so I forgot about the "surprise". When I get home and pull into my drive way I saw it..."FOR RENT". Yes, there was a for rent sign in the front yard of the home that I had rented for the past 8.5 years. You see, we're moving. Big deal huh? Well, it is to us.

We're moving to a city just southeast of Houston about 28 miles to begin pastoring a new church plant. We're very excited about this new season that God is bringing us into but so many things have been going on in the last 2 months that I forgot to tell myself that we're going to be moving...I mean, I knew that we were but when I drove into my driveway yesterday evening, it was all too clear and reality really set in. "FOR RENT" seemed to jump off that sign as if to say, "GET OUT"! This is the home that we began our family with children 8 years ago. On the back of the house I built a 400sq. ft. deck so we could celebrate Grace's first birthday with family and friends. Now, 8 years later my two children have their teeter-totter set up on it and we still enjoy it out there. My kids both learned how to ride their bicycles in the street just a couple of feet from where the sign is methodically placed. I'm going to miss this house but we'll carry with us the many wonderful memories of our happy family.

Sunday, I'll be announcing to our church at Living Springs that we're resigning. It's going to be incredibly difficult to do! I'll post more about this later and the new work that God is calling us into. Stay tuned!

8 comments:

Colin A. Lamm said...

May God continue to richly bless you as you follow Him into this new work! I will ray that tomorrow will go well for you as you break the news to your church. From what you have posted, it looks like it might be quite an emotional time.

Shannon said...

Colin,

Thanks for the prayers.

Yes, I think it will quite the emotional time. It has been thus far with the telling of my staff and board.

paul said...

sounds exciting and sad at the same time, still here's to healthy roots transplanting well!

Shannon said...

Thanks Paul!

John Smulo said...

Very excited for you. Look forward to hearing more!

Shannon said...

Hey John,

Thanks!

Colin A. Lamm said...

Hi Shannon,

Just wanting to drop a line to let you know someone is still checking in -- thinking and praying for you in all the changes occurring.

Shannon said...

Hey Colin,

That's good to know :)

I've been quite busy so I haven't had time to put anything up. Tomorrow marks my next to last Sunday and with much to do, I'm fretting on how I'm going to get it all done. :) Thanks for the prayers.