for me, a break from the routine of the same chores and the same three meals, at the same house, down the same lane - day in and day out. also, a chance to ease the strangling stretch that i've known this year which has left me taut and largely void of tenderness and joy. for JR, it was a chance to be away from the reality of the termination of a job he was (is) deeply passionate about.
so, when we saw a notice in our church newsletter that accommodation was required for a visiting missionary family of 6 for 9 weeks, we immediately looked at each other and knew.
this was it - His provision and our opportunity.
and so, here we are staying in my SIL's shed on an avocado orchard at the top of New Zealand with the most amazing opportunity to step back and review our life, family, marriage and future from a more objective perspective.
even i didn't realise how desperately we all needed this.
we are regrouping, nurturing, and tightening up. reminding ourselves that our family is more than just the sum of 3-square-meals, clean laundry and bedtime stories.
we are breathing in deeply this slower pace and this stunning location.
we are reshuffling priorities, culling out the unnecessary and making new, exciting plans for our future.
and, it feels so good to be a little more centred and grounded again.
thank you for sharing this journey with us, xo