Saturday, May 28, 2011

Q and A about Missouri! (FB note from May 2011)

Answering some often-asked questions… plus throwing in some random thoughts. : )

When are you moving? ~ May 26th. It’s the day my last kids get out of school. When I said I could take the “job” in Missouri, I asked for the rest of the school year here in GA. Darren was wonderful and let me do this. It’s given me a great chance to get everything organized, tell everyone I work for what’s going on, have many more beautiful days with my precious kids, and hang out with my friends and family a lot.

How old are the kids and how many are there? ~ McKenna is 4 and Carter is 2. They are both summer babies, so it won’t be long until they are 3 and 5. They are cute and funny. It will be a great learning time for me, I know. All of my kids teach me sooooo much!

Are they all Christians? ~Yes! A very big YES! to this question. I appreciate the number of times that I have been asked this. It shows that my friends want what it best for me, and it shows that they know that I will have support and love from Christian friends like I can have from no other. All of the Heck brothers and their families go to one congregation and are such a close-knit family. It is really remarkable to watch them all and see the fun, love, and care they give to one another.

Are you going to live with them? ~ No, I’m going to live with David and Debbie Heck and their kids. Mr. David is one of Darren’s brothers. They live about 20 minutes away. I have known them for as long as I can remember. They are one of the families on the board at Roundhouse. I love and trust them completely. They are one of my sets of parents, and all the kids are like my brothers and sisters already. We knew that I couldn’t live with Darren and the kids, because it would look bad. We want to do everything in a way that does not lead to rumor or make people think that we are doing anything that does not follow God’s will.

Will you have your own room and bathroom? ~ I will have my own room, but I’ll be sharing a bathroom. The Hecks have an amazing house and fill it with people often. Doesn’t take too long to do, since there are so many of them already!  =)  I love having lots of people around and many times to fellowship, so I know that I will enjoy this greatly.

What days will you work? ~ Monday-Thursday is a bit more “normal” it sounds… early morning to early evening. Then a ½ day on Friday and a ½ day on Saturday. There is a lot of family in the area who have been taking care of the kids for a couple years now. There will probably be random days when someone else takes care of the kids and lots of time when we’ll be out places with friends and family.

Are you able to come to Roundhouse? ~ Yes!!  =D That was talked about before I took the “job.” I am excited about Roundhouse and the week of MSOP lectures. Those are the weeks I know right now that I’ll be off during a normal year. There will be days off other times when Darren’s off. And there will be some days around big holidays. For a week in July I’ll be going on a trip with my parents, sisters, and Gran and Grandad. In short, there will be some “me” time.

How long will you be there? ~ I don’t know. It could be a year, could be many years. We have left that open. It’s kinda left at “until something big changes in one or the other of our lives.” Darren is great to talk to. We will work out anything and when we do go different ways in the future, we will stay in touch and be friends always. God will lead us just where we need to follow.

Are you excited? ~ This one isn’t as cut and dry as the other answers. I am ready to be there. Ready to see these dear friends who have been through so very much for a long time. Ready to be with McKenna and Carter. Ready to play and learn and dance and sing and laugh around the house with them. Ready to try new things and challenge myself to be better. So, yes, in short, I am excited.

Are you scared? ~ No. I’m not scared at all. I don’t say this to sound brave. But I know these people and what is expected of me. I trust that this is what I’m supposed to do and where I’m supposed to be for a time. I have my friends and family all around the world who will help me through everything, my parents, my Missouri family, and my faith in God. Everything will be just right.

~ It is terribly hard to think of leaving here. This morning as I drove away from preschool after getting big smiles from Mandi and Becky, I teared up. I know that there will be many tears over the next few days. It’s just 14 days until this is no longer home. All the roads, cars, buildings, and places that I’m used to going to and using and seeing will be changed. I won’t know my way around. I’ll have so much to learn to just go through “normal life.” Right now I can go anywhere and do anything… and one day I’ll feel the same way about Missouri. There will be so many times that something is going on in this area and I’ll want to be here for it. But I’ll come back and see everyone. And you all come see me in Missouri!! I’ll feel at home in MO soon and know where everything is and what McKenna and Carter like to do best. I’ll miss my little shadow here, my early morning sweeties, my afternoon sweethearts, my adorable preschoolers, my Thursday night darlings… I’ll really miss being a staff member at Truth for the World. Seeing in person the work that we’re doing for the Lord. But there will be work to do at my new congregation and so many new activities to attend.

~Thank you for the HUGE amount of love and prayers and support you all have given me—and that I know you will continue to give. Please keep the Hecks in your prayers.

~I love you all very much! <3

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