God has such a mysterious way about Him. If you would have told me 2 months ago that we would be moving to Pennsylvania this summer, I would have had a panic attack and fallen into a heap on the floor bawling. But as soon as Husby took off on an airplane on Halloween to interview at this program that he basically knew nothing about and we had no intentions on going to ... I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach. I knew he would fall in love with it. I knew they would love him. I just had a feeling that I can't even explain. But it was one of absolute peace.
I wasn't surprised when he called telling me what a great program it was. Not one single bit. He had me praying, I had my whole prayer team praying ... and still, peace. When he came back from his interview he brought back a whole packet about the town of Erie, Pennsylvania for me to look over. I knew right then he was serious about the program. The first thing I did was flip through to find the local churches and even though the thought of actually going there seemed nothing like a reality and he still had several other interviews set up in other states ... still, a feeling in my stomach and a calming peace.
Would God REALLY move us to practically CANADA?! (Seriously, we will be a couple hours from Toronto. Way. Way. WAY north.)
The next few weeks were a blur. He told me Pennsylvania had two spots for fellows and that they would be offering them before Thanksgiving. This is where the stress and panic struck. He wouldn't even be interviewing at the program we assumed we would go to (much closer to home) until December! And when you're offered a spot at one program, it's basically you take it or leave it. And if you leave it, you pray you're even offered another spot! There's no saying yes to everyone and then choosing when you're ready. It just doesn't work like that. STRESS CITY!
There were so many strong applicants, and Husby had these other interviews set up, so we prayed that if we were supposed to be in Pennsylvania, he would be offered a spot. And that if we weren't, they would pass him up and we would keep praying, interviewing and deciding where He wanted us.
Ten days after interviewing in PA he was offered the spot .... while he was on the plane to Virginia headed to another interview!
He knew one day in to his VA interview that wasn't where God wanted us. Though it was absolutely GORGEOUS, he knew it wasn't a fit. He flew home that Saturday and we took the weekend to pray over the decision, making sure we knew that we knew that Erie is where we need to be next year and we both kept coming to the exact conclusion - peace.
The next Monday he accepted the spot and the contract is signed. It is official!
We are praising God for this opportunity Husby was offered because getting into a Sports Med program is NOT an easy task! There are VERY few programs in the country and each program only offers 2 spots, some just one. So we knew that God would need to open the doors He wanted open and close the ones he wanted closed. And we left it all in His hands. I could not be more proud of my husband! He seriously blows me away with his diligence, faithfulness and his incredible accomplishments. God has poured blessing upon blessing over my husband. Over our family. And we praise Him!
We have a lot on our plates over the next 6 months as we try to sell our house, find a house to rent in PA, and all of those fun (er, stressful) things. We know that God is going before us just as He has this entire time, and that everything will work out beautifully. It's just so bizarre to me that next year at this time we will be sitting in a different home in a new state in gobs and gobs of snow!
No, seriously. Erie is 13th city in the entire US for most snowfall. Time to invest in some serious snow gear!
It's going to be a crazy year, a hard year (I will miss my family desperately, but trying not to think about it until I absolutely have to - I have already had my fair share of melt downs!!), a different year - but definitely a fun adventure. I mean, how many opportunities in our life do we have to move to somewhere completely different and new for a year (or twelve months as my Mom and I refer to it, hehe)? Never again, I'm sure. I've been checking out all the things we'll be close to and goodness the list goes on and on -
Weekend trips to NYC (!!!!!), Niagra Falls, Canada, Pittsburg, Columbus, OH ... we will be an hour away from a ski resort in Buffalo, NY and just a drive away from all the New England states ... so much to do in so little time!
Not to mention, it's on one of the Great Lakes! Maybe this whole adventure will make me an outdoors-women yet! :)
And, um ... any blog friends in Pennsylvania? I'LL NEED A FRIEND!!!