Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home
-Phil Phillips, Home
I was carting the boys back from VBS this morning when this song was playing on the radio.
Listening to it came on the tail-end of a quick, one-night trip to NOLA (also known as New Orleans, LA) where we enjoyed some great food (of course!), an afternoon cruise on the Mississippi and some excellent family time.
I started to tear up as I listened to the words because it has been almost 4 years since we left Texas and now, this place? Well, it is sort of becoming home too.
I really wish I had a photo of my face when Tim first mentioned even the possibility that we could be moving to Lafayette. I didn’t really even know where it was in the state. I had to look it up. And as the prospect became more real, I cried a lot (keep in mind I was also pregnant at the time, HELLO HORMONES!) Oh, and I held on alright! I held on to my faith and my man, who I knew were the only two things I really had going into this (well, and of course my babies too…).
But now… things that were once so very unfamiliar to me are now common place. Roads and bridges and water that I had only traveled a couple of times before are now part of my heart. People who I would have never known, had we not taken a chance, are my good friends. Food that was never my favorite before is now inching it’s way in. The cravings are there to prove it. That first fall cold front now means “gumbo”. I never would have though it to be so 4 years ago.
Yesterday I drove part of the way back to our “home” in Lafayette and as I did, I took in all the land and water and trees around me and the beauty of it all. And of course there is beauty here too, just like in the state I still claim as my home (Texas) and I have learned to appreciate what this neighboring state as to offer. It really is quite unique and amazing in it’s own right.
And I’m sure someday, when the time comes to leave, I will be crying then too. But for now, we are taking it all in and making memories and living in the NOW.
For that is all we can really do.
man, God gave me some amazingly cute kids, right?
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