Open and Closed Doors
Once upon a time God allowed a husband and wife to move 13 hrs away from their families to start a new life as newlyweds. He brought amazing people into their lives, they built a business, and even helped plant a church. The couple made memories and started building a life in the wonderful city of Knoxville, Tennessee. They made the most important decision to grow their family through adoption in Knoxville and started their wait for Bebe in May of 2015. Then, in October 2015, God put a desire in their hearts to be closer to their families. It was a hard decision because they always thought they would bring Bebe home to Knoxville and raise him/her there. But, they missed family too much and wanted to be with them.
As you may have guessed, WE are the couple the story is about…couldn’t fool you, could I?? 🙂 But yes, we have decided to return to Iowa and although it’s very bittersweet, we are at complete peace about it. When God opened the door and we moved to Knoxville 4 1/2 years ago, we thought it was for business but it turned out to be for so many other reasons. He brought several solid couples to guide us through our first couple years of marriage and I’m forever grateful for all of the wisdom we received from them. God also brought an abundance of friends through business, church, and work. I’m overwhelmed when I think about all the people who blessed our lives here in East Tennessee. You all know who you are so give yourself a high five from us 🙂
So now I’m sure you’re all curious when this is happening and what this means for Bebe?
Let’s start with the adoption. We are going to need to do a new home study by June in order to update our immigration by September (yup, it takes 90 days to process documents here in the USA) so the sooner we move,the sooner we find a house, the sooner we can start the home study. Our agency has told us the move will not affect the timing since we won’t get a referral call before September anyway. They did say it should be 2 years or less so we kinda have a timeline now!!! Hooray!!!
Even though God has gently closed the door in Knoxville and opened the door in Des Moines, I have no doubt in my mind we will be back for visits and especially to show Bebe where his/her adoption story began. We have been so loved and supported up until this point and I’m excited to someday introduce all of you wonderful people to Bebe. Thank you, thank you, 1,000 times THANK YOU!!!
DES MOINES, IOWA BOUND IN DECEMBER 2015!
10 things I’ll miss about Knoxville:
- Our beloved church family
- Market Square/Old City
- My heavy winter coat still in it’s box from when we moved from Iowa in 2011
- Precious friendships
- A quick drive to my lil sis Bethany in Nashville and 5 hr drive to VA to see Alex and Lindsay
- Biscuits and jam at most restaurants (believe me, these ain’t no KFC biscuits!)
- Discovering “in the holler” is indeed a real place 🙂
- Memories of my sweet mother-in-law coming to stay with us that will never be replaced 🙂