It really hit Preston and I this week… we have about 4(ish) months left in the states! I know, you’re probably thinking, “duh.” But let me explain. We started praying towards moving to India in 2013 on February 6, 2012. We decided that we absolutely felt called to India in 2013 around this time last year. At first, we thought we’d move in March when our lease was up. Then Preston’s little sister got engaged and is getting married next month(!!!), so we pushed it back to May. Well, then LSU decided Preston needed to take an extra semester of classes, so we thought, June would probably be good to give him a little bit of a break after graduating. And that way we could see my oldest brother graduate from high school. And now, the staff is bringing us over to india, so we’ll be leaving around July or August!
So with India being something that we’ve been prayerfully preparing for, talking about with close friends and practically preparing for as well; it’s hard to wrap our heads around the fact that it’s. almost. here. and the fact that we have 4(ish) months left here makes me both super excited and anxious at the same time. there’s so much to do, so many people to love on, so many golden retriever hugs that i need to cram into what seems like a short amount of time.
and we’ve been so busy. and part of me loves that. part of me wants to “stop the glorification of busy” as one of my best friends posted on instagram this week. part of me knows that it’s the nature of the “transition” beast. and then i take a look at my calendar and see all the BIG events we have in the next 4(ish) months. We just got back from family vacation with the Kicker side (and celebrated our FIRST wedding anniversary). Next month, we’ll travel to Dallas to be apart of Preston’s sister’s wedding. In May, Preston graduates from LSU! Which is a huge milestone and accomplishment. A week later, my brother, Jeb will graduate from high school. In June, we’re taking a trip to Chicago, just the two of us. In July, my parents are taking us to San Francisco as an anniversary present! And we’ll have to pack up all of our worldly belongings at some point and move them to Houston.
and in between all of that, we have jobs to do, school work to accomplish, hindi to learn, bracelets to sell, and support to raise. but more importantly than that, we have family and friends who are family to love on and to spend time with. we have a marriage to continue to strengthen. we have a golden retriever to play with. and we have a Savior to rest in.
my hope and prayer during this whole time is that we’ll be more focused on following Jesus and making the most of every single moment than we will be on the tasks that we have to accomplish. i want to remember everything about these last 4(ish) months in the states. Because when we’re in India for two years, the time we spent with our family & friends is going to be far more important than how well Preston did in ISDS.