Now Elizabeth's full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. --Luke 1:57 (NKJV)
Part of the sweetness of any season is in its brevity. Winter winds are somehow sparkly and shiny because they won't last forever. Summer hazy heat is deliciously sweet when you remember that those big jucy watermelons come but once a year.
With our moving day a week away and my due date for baby #4 just a few weeks after that, I am feeling the poigniancy of leaving behind this transitional season of our international move behind. I'm sure we'll continue to transition into greater 'homeiness' in Nicaragua, but we're leaving the rental home behind in a few days and this baby will be leaving his transitional home behind too... so I'm calling it the close of a season.
It's been sweet in the midst of a lot of overwhelming. Emptying our old home, shipping and selling mostly everything, packing what remained, celebrating Thanksgiving 'one last time' with family while saying goodbye. That was exciting yet sad. Arriving in the blast of tropical temperatures and trying to keep everyone and everything together while finding a rental home. Oh that was stretching for this control-freak of a mama! But God was characteristally faithful. Moving into our beautiful tropical paradise of a rental home and discovering that you don't know the meaning of the word houseWORK until you try to keep a house with a courtyard in the middle clean during the dusty -er- 'dry' season... with morning sickness. That was exhausting! Connecting with a new church, a missionary community, super-friendly neighbors, and our oh-so-sweet-and-SUCH-a-blessing housekeeping helper. Decidedly sweet, although surprisingly exhausting for my introverted self at times too. Introducing my 5-year-old, 3-year-old, one-year-old and unborn children to this friendly, bold, Spanish, poverty-striken world that has become normal to them all. That has been such a joy to see how they can bless others by their smiles and how much we are blessed by the smiles of others! Helping my husband lead this growing family on this big, bold adventure. That's hard to put into just a few words - it's been unforgettable though!
And now we'll move on into more unknown. A home whose quirks are yet to be discovered and neighbors yet to be made into friends. A new baby who is still being formed in secret to be revealed. And I've got my hopes and dreams too -- for greater bilinguality for our family, greater comfort in this warm and social world for myself, greater usefulness in our 'why's of being here (another post on that soon I hope too!). I am so glad that the faithful God who has been with us through the past 9 months - especially in the "What?! How can I possibly?!?!" moments - will walk into this next season with us too!