This time a year ago, we really started entertaining the thought of leaving Texas and moving back to Kansas. Well, I started entertaining that thought about 6 months after we moved away from Kansas in 2008. But when my Young Living business became a full time gig and Keith was able to quit his Director of Finance position in Texas, our wheels really started turning. We had moved for his jobs previously - with him no longer working, would we need to stay in Texas? I immediately knew in my heart that Kansas was where God would bring us back to. We hadn't even decided to move, but I was secretly already looking for homes on Zillow. Saving all of my favorites and dreaming of the day when we would finally agree that this was the best decision for our family.
Then in November, Keith tore his achilles tendon. That was the icing on the cake for me. With nobody to really lean on for help, I literally felt like I couldn't stay there another minute. Thankfully, Keith came around shortly after (maybe it was his wife that turned into a crazy person over those few months of caring for him and our 6 babies with no help that changed his mind? We may never know.)
Being back home has filled a spot in my heart that's been empty for a few years. Even when we lived miles and miles away, Kansas was always home. I knew it would be again one day.
The Lord has provided for our family in ways I could never imagine. We've been able to send our kids to an incredible private Christian school. We knew it was time for us to be done with homeschool but we had no idea how that would look. I never felt comfortable with the thought of public (not that it's bad, just didn't feel right for our family). There isn't a day that passes that I don't think to myself "this was the best decision for our family". Milo had to stay home sick the other day and he cried because he couldn't attend school. I mean, when your kid is crying because he can't GO to school - you've got a good thing going for ya.
God also provided a house for us, very close to school and on a tiny piece of land. Our little 1.3 acres is providing our family with so much joy. Who knew that grass and trees and space to roam could make your heart feel so content?
I love it here. Even more so now that the seasons are changing. Cold is coming, but I ain't scared! It's a new chapter for our life (I feel like we are always diving deep into new chapters) and I'm so thrilled to be here!