Goodness

Ya’ll,

I want to start off by saying how wonderful it is to know that there are people in your life sent by the Lord to lift you up, to laugh with, to vent to, and to be vulnerable and scared with. When we came to this island, we jumped into this life without any regret, except that we were leaving all of our friends and family, and our PUPPIES. But when you let the Lord lead you 100%, He provides in ways you couldn’t even imagine! He’ll also give you another puppy, which is wonderful until the ticks find your pirate puppy!

It took a semester or so to get our bearings and learn to be content with island life. Ya’ll… island time is SO real, and frustrating as all get out. I’m not a patient person. And I’ll never pray for patience again, because once you say that prayer… situations just happen to arise to test ya and make ya prove you want to be more patient. Now, I look out our window and see the African Tulips, the palm trees, and all the fruit trees, and I can’t help but thank the Lord that we have been given the opportunity to live this life, to live in the Caribbean, to journey through med school with some pretty awesome folks. It’s a slow life, to be sure. Slower than life in the South. And we move quite slow in the South. We savor dinners with friends, conversations had with respect and courtesy. We honor the Sabbath and bless the hearts of those mowing their lawns on Sundays. Life here sometimes reminds me of life back in the South. Sometimes. Like how hot and muggy it gets, but there’s AC back home, so I no longer feel sorry for those folks sweating back home. Sorry, ya’ll. Also, tons of places shut down on Sundays here, like Chik-fil-a. Gosh I miss Chik-fil-a and their honey biscuits and lemonade.

Being forced out of your comfort zone is the way to go. Neither one of us were satisfied with the pattern of working 8-6, dinner at home, picking up the house, laundry, then collapsing in the bed at night without having a real conversation with each other. However, having a dishwasher to do the dishes will NEVER be taken for granted again. We got so involved with the rat race, that we forgot we didn’t want that in the first place. It’s so easy to get to that place. Can I get an amen? We forgot we wanted adventure and a relationship that was deep and personal and intimate, one to be savored at the end of the day. We forgot our marriage was the main priority. The Lord recognized it, and brought us to the only place we would’ve remembered those things. IN THE MIDDLE OF FRUITIN NOWHERE. He knew we wouldn’t change it much without a super crazy big push. Sometimes we need those pushes to remind us of our dreams and longings. Do we listen to those nudges? Or do we put our head down and forget to look up and live a life worth living? Life is so short, ya’ll. Leaving home was the best thing we ever did, for our marriage, and for our souls.

We just spent two hours at brunch chatting and visiting with the sweetest couple known to man, and we never would have met this amazing couple if we hadn’t come here. It’s so fun to watch God work. He brings people to you when you need them. He gives you the strength and confidence and clarity you need to do what He is calling you to do, to survive in the places He takes you.

Time for more coffee and a walk to the beach. Till next time!

First Blog Post Ever

Ya’ll,

This blog has been a thought of mine for quite some time now. A dear friend of mine, who’s my God-sent sister, inspires me daily. We pray over each other daily; we walk this life together, even though we are now oceans apart. Our thoughts, aches, and worries over the world’s heaviness inspired me to write this blog.

Life is hard. Especially in this day. Relationships are hard; this society doesn’t think too kindly of strong, God-centered relationships. Even if God isn’t in your life, relationships of all sorts are still hard with all of the craziness bombarding everyone, always. This blog, I hope, will help you see and to know that relationships don’t need to be as complicated as we make them. There’s adventure, and a freedom in a relationship that is intentional, fought for, and prayed over.

Moving to the Caribbean; leaving home, friends, family, and our familiar surroundings of stability was probably the MOST difficult thing I have ever done in my whole life. But I really would not trade the decision to jump into a new life for all of the coffee in the world. I’ve learned so much about marriage, friendships, courage, and contentment in a life of chaos, loneliness, darkness, and wonder. Will and I are so thankful for each other, and for each person the Lord has put in our paths. HOWEVER, if my dog brings in one more tick from the glorious island surroundings, I may run to the airport.

Ya’ll. Let me just tell you. I am not going to force my faith in God down your throats, but He is my Rock, my Guide, and my Source of Everything. He is intertwined in every thought, decision, and action. So, my love for Him, and His for us, will be intertwined in most posts, if not all.

I also really have no idea what I am doing. Blogging is a whole new world for me, for sure. I’ve researched a LOT, and I still wonder if this was too much of a crazy undertaking for this Southern girl who loves simplicity! So, we’ll walk this journey of learning to blog, of remembering God’s promises for relationships and life, and of learning that a life filled with adventure and love and goodness isn’t all that difficult to obtain… all we must do is jump and have confidence that we’ll land on our feet!