I’ve been thinking about how I would write this blog post for a while now. Really since November of last year when we realized that our life plans would be taking a very different turn very soon. The reality is we are both heartbroken and excited…which is a very confusing way to feel…because we are leaving our beautiful San Marcos.
I came to San Marcos to go to Texas State in 2005. Billy came the next year. We got engaged in 2007, graduated & got married in 2008, then Billy started working at River Stone as the Director of Finance & Communication. I went to physical therapy school, finishing in 2011. Billy was ordained as a pastor of RS in January of 2012. I worked as a full time physical therapist until Knox was born in May of 2012. We decided it would be best for our family if I stayed home with Knox for as long as possible. That brings us nearly 8 years down the road since we made San Marcos our home. We love our town, we love our church family, but we know we are supposed to leave.
We have a big family. No, I’m talking big…just immediate family. Knox has 8 grandparents, 3 great grandparents, and various aunts, uncles & second cousins living in and around Burleson & Fort Worth. I grew up very close with my family. We saw my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents on a regular basis. They loved me & supported me through my school days, attending my musicals, choir concerts, awards ceremonies, etc. They helped shape me. We want this for Knox. We don’t like that he only gets to see his family once every month or two.
Although our family is one huge reason we are relocating, it’s not the only reason. In the past both Billy and I would respond very quickly that we never intended to move back to the metroplex when asked. We love San Marcos for so many reasons. We love our River Stone community. We have been a part of this family for over 6 years. During that time we learned and experienced what God intended for church to be, according to the example we have in Acts. We learned how to study scripture independently, lead a small group in our home, serve youth and children, care for orphans and love a city in desperate need of the gospel. Our RS family welcomed us into their homes when we were still in college and dating, discipled us through our engagement, helped us plan our wedding, provided a job that has supported us for the past 5 years, and now loves our son like family. We wish we could just scoop up our community here and bring them with us to Burleson and have the best of both worlds.
Also, we love being outside in San Marcos…where the spring fed river runs right through town/campus. There’s really nothing in DFW that compares to the rivers and bodies of water around Austin/SMTX. Most recently, after becoming a mommy this past year, I joined a wonderful community of local moms who have helped me through every random, paranoid question in the book. We met together weekly for adult conversations, breastfeeding marathons, cookies & to let our babies interact. Those moments with my mommy friends will be memories that I cherish forever. I can only hope to find or start a similar community in our new city. All that to say…there are many reasons we wouldn’t necessarily CHOOSE to leave our home and family in San Marcos.
OK—so WHY are we going?! Let me tell you.
Usually when we go back to Burleson, after a couple days we are ready to come home to San Marcos. It’s usually a relief to get back. We love our space, our home, our town. Last November when we went back, we were there a long time…longer than normal…and we didn’t want to leave. Billy, for the first time ever, thought about the possibility of moving back. It was like we felt like we were supposed to be there. On the drive home we decided that God seemed to be calling us to move back. Billy talked with Jason (our pastor, mentor, friend, and his boss) who encouraged us to respond to the call with yes or no. We prayed about it and decided to see how it went when we were there again for Christmas. While visiting we had more and more assurance that He was calling us back to our hometown. We came back to San Marcos and almost felt awkward being here. We decided to stick our house on zillow, with pictures I took from my iphone, for sale by owner out of obedience. The first person that contacted us about our home is now under contract to buy it with no realtor and for cash, closing on or before August 6th. WOW. Everything is happening so fast, and we are even more sure now than before that we are supposed to go. But that doesn’t mean that it will be easy for us to go.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Where will you live? My parents have opened their home to us to live until we are able to get a loan and house.
- Does Billy have a job lined up? Nope. We are trusting that God will provide something soon.
- Will you work? I am hoping to find a PRN or part time PT position to contribute since we will have so much family around to help with Knox.
So friends in Burleson/DFW area…please help us find things to love about the area.
See you soon!