Thriving in Transition
Sometimes we get to choose when we step into a new season. Sometimes "it" just happens.
This week my kids started school. There were no tears. Absolutely NONE! Just smiles, hugs and "joy bombs" going off left and right. This was an easy & welcomed transition. But it came after 3 months of big changes. Most of which has been REALLY good! You see, we recently moved 1500 miles from the only place we've ever called "home" a.k.a. California. We're now residents of the Promised Land (hahahaha)... TEXAS! We moved to Texas to be closer to my family and to help them with some business projects. More on that later (it's really exciting, but still on the D.L.).
For Travis (hubby) and I, we've always said how much we love change, we love transition, we love surprises. It's true! We love getting to know new cultures and new people, and this move with three children is no exception. But I'd be lying to you if I told you it was "easy". Then again, most seasons of transition in our lives have come with a price tag, right? Think about it...
Adoption... marriage... school... new job ...moving... birth... death... divorce...... ________________
Life happens. It's full of new seasons and as we get older it feels like the stakes are higher. It affects not only us, but the people we care for. Our transition becomes transition for the people around us. And oftentimes, this stirs up their (and our) insecurities, offenses, fears, etc. It can add a whole new level of emotions to an already FULL season. I get it. I really do!
Today I can take a deep breath and think for a minute without three little voices trying to get my attention... I'm reflecting on the amazing grace that has been with us every step of this journey. I'm getting a chance to process through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Throughout our transition, I've kept notes about our stories... like the time we were driving and the cork of a champagne bottle exploded out so I guzzled a third of a bottle of bubbly until we pulled over and poured the rest out in the driveway of the house we were looking at! And the eight trips (in 10 weeks) back to California that my husband has taken to fulfill work commitments (wedding photographer). And the excitement I had when I got invited to coffee for the first time when someone found me on instagram and sent me a DM!
In this season, I've talked to Siri more than I've talked to real people. I'm learning how to be known by God, when it feels like I'm a stranger to everyone around me. I know what it's like to need to be present with those around me, when I don't know what's going on in my own heart.
So what do you do when your emotions don't live up to your expectations? Or when you just feel overwhelmed by it all?
Have you learned not just to survive, but... how to THRIVE in TRANSITION!! You can do this! You are not alone!
Here’s a few videos of other moments of breakthrough we’ve found! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCriFWMOPE1ZdagpxZzwykmQ/videos?view_as=subscriber