HAPPY JUNE. So, in my Cherish: May post I mentioned that April threw us a lot of curveballs and that I was desperately holding on to Psalm 46:5 as a source of reassurance and comfort. Well, the biggest curveball I wasn’t ready to talk about last month was that I lost my job at the end of April and was kind of freaking out. Brandon’s still going through the withdrawal symptoms of quitting his Klonopin prescription and we had agreed for him to take time off to focus on healing since it could be at least a year before he’s normal again. Despite having savings to fall back on and my blog bringing in bits of income here and there, losing my job threw everything into turmoil. Fortunately, June is looking bright.
Brandon and I chose “Cherish” as our word of the year for 2018; at the beginning of each month I’m sharing a check-in to update you on how we’re living our word of the year. Our goal is to stay focused on taking time to appreciate where we are in life and being content with our day-to-day.
To keep my mind from dwelling too much on things beyond my control and to avoid spending too much money, I spent a lot of time working on my plants in May. I killed Elvis Parsley (I shed some serious tears) because his roots got way too waterlogged. Turns out, the pot he was in had a blocked drain hole so it was retaining all the excess water and he died of root rot. I mourned the loss of the herbs that could have been and plan to replant parsley once we get to Missouri. If all is going according to plan, we should be on our way to Missouri today!
Our kitchen in Missouri actually has a big window behind the sink so I’m hoping to be able to get my herbs set up there in a nice display. I’ll keep you all posted on how that goes.
In May we also celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary and my birthday which was really nice. We spent our anniversary at my parent’s cabin and Brandon bought me a gorgeous orchid to add to my houseplant collection. I named her Alice. We kept my birthday low-key because of my job loss but I made him promise me that we’d make up for it with a riverboat cruise once we got to Missouri which I’m really looking forward to doing soon.
June – Looking Ahead
If you missed the news and haven’t picked up on it yet in this post, we’re moving to Missouri! I flew out to St. Louis at the end of May for a job interview and they offered me the position contingent upon us relocating to the area. While we were waiting to hear if they were going to offer me the position Brandon and I weighed the pros and cons of accepting the offer and moving. While I am extremely sad to be leaving my family (again) the list was crazy lopsided with the pros coming out ahead. We prayed over it a lot too and I kept pleading with God to help us make a decision about our future. In the end, the decision was clear and we’re going where we’re lead.
I keep dwelling on the Soren Kierkegaard quote I shared last month that says, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” There is so much we don’t understand but we’re trusting God to lead us where we’re meant to be.
We are putting together a bucket list of things to do in Missouri and we are hoping to set up a few long weekend trips around the area to help us get adjusted to life in the midwest. I’ll keep y’all updated on the move and how we’re settling in once we get unpacked a bit and figure out our way around.
Ashley & Brandon