“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
Back (12!) years ago in 2004, a song came out by Bowling for Soup called Ohio (Come Back to Texas). It was super popular when I was in high school so I just assumed everyone everywhere loved it and knew all the words too. When I went to college, my cousins use to sing it to me on voicemails and text it to me since I went to college 12 hours away from Austin, TX in Nebraska. Turns out not very many other people knew the song and thought it was crazy how obsessed we all were with it.
Well, 10 years later (at least for me) our family is “coming back to Texas.”
Our last six years in Colorado have been an incredible adventure and a season of growth, learning, independence, and discovering how to lean it to God in the good and bad. It’s where we started our married life together, began our professional careers, bought our first home, and expanded our family with fur-babies and human babies :). Our lives, while only one of us actually worked there, have centered in on experiencing life and ministry with the awesome folks at Peace Lutheran Church. Without having any family near by and knowing no one when we first came, we made friends that became our family. We have laughed with them, cried with them, served with them, BBQed A LOT of meat with them, adventured with them, traveled with them, spent holidays and milestones with them and been in their weddings and loved their precious families dearly. We are so thankful for those people who welcomed us into their homes and lives the first six months we lived in Colorado and then have continued to in all the years following.
“True friends don’t say good-bye, they just take extended leaves of absences from each other.”
When we began to think about bringing kids into our family, we knew that our time to move to Texas was likely nearing. A value of ours is being close to our families and raising our children near them. God has made it abundantly clear that now is the time for us to do this. Our house is under contract, we are beginning the purging and packing process, and we have a close date/move date for early August. In fact, God has worked in some really incredible ways for this to happen in the way that it has!
While we are excited for the opportunity to return to a place that is familiar with people, we are nervous too! Colorado is the only “home” Andy and I have known in our married life, and while it won’t be completely starting over in a total brand new place, there are still a lot of unknowns and life is very different for us then it was seven (for Andy) and ten years (for me) ago! We covet your prayers for this big time of transition for all of us.
To our sweet Colorado “family”: We love you and are so thankful for each of you. Whether we know you from Peace or Bertram or somewhere else, you have blessed this season of our lives more than you know. We really do love Colorado, and this decision is so bittersweet. Please know you will always have a place to stay in Central Texas (yes, Texas) and we would absolutely love to have you, show you some Texas hospitality, and introduce you to the best food in the world. We look forward to spending this summer with you.
To our Texas family: We will see y’all soon. We’re coming home.