Well, we are all packed and ready to go! We leave in the morning for Texas and I can't believe that we are already leaving the DC area! It came fast and furious. Luckily at the end here we have had help from my amazing friend Amy Z, my step-dad, and my sister. Without the three of them I think that this would have been more painful than it already was! (Amy, I love you like a sister and will so miss spending time with your family! I am blessed more than words to call you friend!!!)
Joseph has spent most of the last 3 weeks studying for his BIG test that covers all he has learned in med school over the past 2 years. He took that wed. and is so glad that it is over! Hopefully there will be no books for the next 2 weeks and then he starts his first rotation - psychiatry.
I have given him plenty of preview of what he may see in the psych ward. I have pretty much single handedly packed this entire house with all of us taking turns getting the worst illness we have ever had. It has been a stressful time for me, but I know it will be so worth it to be closer to my family! Though this last couple of weeks have been so difficult God has really reminded me of what he has been trying to teach me over the last 2 years...total surrender and reliance on Him. There have been many times where I have felt so alone here and in the wilderness, but God has met me there and reminded me that he can provide all I need. That HE IS ALL I NEED. I have grown so much since we left Minot - as a mom, wife and most of all as someone who wants to know God's love. As usual the growth has been so painful at times, but God has always been faithful! I came here as mom of one, who was way too dependant on her husband, full of pride, shame & remorse. I'm leaving feeling like the most blessed woman with an amazing husband, 2 beautiful boys and full of God's grace. And now I am so excited to see what amazing adventure God has in store for us in this next chapter.
I'm not sure how long it will be until we have access to the internet again, but I do have some great pictures of Caleb's early birthday party, our last times with the Ziggy's before we both move & I'm sure I'll have some of our adventures on the road. So peace out from Maryland and we will chat when we arrive in Texas!