In three short days, we will fly away to Australia to begin our new life. As I reflect on the last few weeks, the phrase “rich in friendship” comes to mind. Greg and I truly are rich in friendship. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” I look back at the last seven years in Austin and all the way to sixth grade where I made a friend for life named Erika, and I can’t believe how many loyal friends we have.
You have been here in our time of transition to encourage and believe in us. You have prayed for us, cried with us, written us cards and notes, fed us, housed us, made us laugh, sown financially into our church, and more. What a privilege and honor it is to know so many wonderful people and be surrounded by such love.
Although we are moving several thousand miles away, we are connected forever. Memories, photographs, laughs, and pain have entwined our hearts and we can cherish that no matter where we live.
I don’t have enough time or words to write to each of you how much you mean to our family. I can see your faces when I close my eyes and I can hear your laughs. I once heard that we become the books we read and the people we hang around. If that’s the case, I feel pretty good about myself. The people in my life are wonderful. This gives God great honor as well. The Bible says we also ought to love one another since God SO LOVED US. If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:11-12)
We will continue to love one another in this next season. It might look different and cost a little more to get together for lunch, but we have Skype, Facebook, blogs and Twitter to make connecting so easy. Please continue to pray for us as our journey is just beginning. We will pray for you as well!