I think this question is more for Laura and I than for anyone else. I flesh out stuff as I write or talk to myself. Yes, I spend quite a lot of time talking to myself. Out loud. You should try it.
But for those of us with kids, I think the answer to this question can help all of us.
How will this move affect your kids?
This is one of the toughest aspects of this move for us, especially for Annagrace. She has a lot of friends at her school. She loves her friends. She’ll move away, and may not ever see some of them again. That just kills me. She also loves her school. The thought of transferring her to a new school, with all new teachers, kids, and a new building to get used to is tough for me to think about. So we’ll be praying that, whatever neighborhood we move to, that there will be some girls her age and that she’ll make some friends quickly (which shouldn’t be a problem). The good thing is that we’ll be near Laura’s family, and our kid will have plenty of cousins to play with. Laura also has a lot of friends in Greenville who have kids close in age to ours.
Annagrace goes back and forth. When we told her of the possibility, she seemed OK with it. When we told her we were actually going to do it, she broke down big time (for the reasons mentioned above). But when we talked her through it, she started feeling better about it. Add to the fact that some kids just moved into our neighborhood and she made friends with them–which gave us a great teaching opportunity (“Hey, they made friends with you really quickly. You’ll probably make new friends really quickly!”). So, as of now, she’s OK with our move, but still has some stuff she’s dealing with (as everyone would).
But what counters those fears is this: our kids will get to experience this move with us, and it’s about way more than moving to another house in another state. I’m really hoping that they’ll see what risk-taking faith is all about… that mom and dad moved so that more people could know Jesus. I hope that my kids see that Jesus really is Lord in our lives.
Maybe those of us with kids would consider the same thing… how are we showing our kids risky faith?
Tomorrow, I’ll post about something called “downward mobility.”