Thirteen years (18 if you count the dating, doe-eyed, dreaming ones), three states, three major moves, four apartments, one rental house, two months that turned into seven years living with mom and dad, five employers, three children, and one self-started business led us to this.
To a real life winter wonderland and a place to call our own.
As I held my baby close watching snowflakes melt on her cheeks. As little girls laughed and dug their hands in mounds of snowy white. As husband snapped photos of tears in my eyes and I craned my head back to catch flakes on my nose and eye lashes.
As we all stood for this slice of time and wonder, wonderstruck by the beauty of this first snow of the season, by the beginning of this season in which we leave one home and create another all I could think was: this...
He knew it would come to this. This is what He had in store, set aside, waiting, planned, created for us.
The jobs, the moves, the states, the dwellings some of them, many of them, broke our hearts. But now we see how He worked it for good. How He made a broken road and blessed it to bless us.
And He did. He has. He will continue to.
He takes the broken, the lost, the forgotten, and makes it new. Makes it good.
New, as snow on evergreen branches.
Good, as the feeling of home.
*”Bless the Broken Road” Lyrics by Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna, Robert E. Boyd, Marcus Hummon