Last night was the beginning of what I know will be some very hard good-byes. Our dear friends the Cavanaughs and Mr. Justin joined us for dinner and a sweet time of fellowship. Our little Molly Kate has had quite an interest in the two men and they have been just precious in the way they have entertained her affections and doted on her since she was a toddler. I tell them all the time that I’ll be one happy mama if she grows up and marries a man like either of them! Andrea (Mr. Jeff’s significant other) has become such a delightful friend over the last few years and I’m going to miss her so very much.
Our time together was bitter-sweet and it finally dawned on me how hard it will be to leave this place, this home, this church body. Louisville is the framework and the backdrop to so much of God’s mighty work in our lives and it is so strange to be saying good-bye to this part of our lives. I can’t believe I moved here as an engaged girl of 24 and am leaving with four children, two from different continents! I can’t believe I’ve been a member of Third Avenue Baptist Church for nearly seven years and soon it won’t be my own anymore. I can’t believe the time has finally come to drive south and not drive back.
Without question, one of the hardest good-byes will be with our across-the-street neighbors who have become our best friends. Melissa is like a sister to me and her oldest son is Mikias’ best friend, her daughter is Molly Kate’s best friend and her youngest little man and Madden are the same age and have recently developed quite a fondness for each other. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation and God gave us one of the sweetest gifts when we came to know the Sutherlands from across the street. This good-bye is the one I’m dreading most as are my little kiddos. Mikias already had one break-down as he thought of leaving his friend, and I’m sure memories of leaving so many friends in Ethiopia are flooding into his heart. Pray for his soul…pray that God would be merciful in this hardship and use it to draw Mikias to Himself, the One who never leaves us and never forsakes us. Molly Kate has also said two good-byes to her two Elizas in the last year and Casey has really become her sole-friend. Pray for God’s tenderness toward her and that she too might be drawn to Jesus in this mixed time of sadness and hope. And thank you…thank you for being faithful readers and mighty prayer warriors for our family.