I’ve spent a great deal of time praying for Drew, Tiffany, and Ellie. I’ve always known God was at work on their behalf; however, I did not think the work of God would lead them to leaving their community of friends and family. But. They are moving about 6 1/2 hours away. It’s clear God has put a divine assignment in front of them, giving them an opportunity for a new season and fresh start. I’ve learned the best thing to do in life is to follow God’s directions.
I’m confident we’re assigned with a purpose and plan in a specific space to encounter God and others. Even so, it’s always a choice.
When they received a job offer for Drew as a high school counselor in Brookings, Oregon, we all knew it was right for them to go. Tiffany has even been hired for a job they had not thought about or knew existed for that matter–a part time job as a child development teacher. And, Ellie is able to go with her.
It’s obvious God is in the details. Romans 8:28 explains how God uses every detail:
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (NLT).
The Word gives us reason to be grateful, celebrating their decision to go where God is leading them to go, knowing it will work together for good.
This past week was MOVING week. Friends and family pitched in to help them pack the moving truck and we headed out of Salem to make the trip down the Oregon coast to Brookings.
Tiffany, Ellie, and I traveled together in their minivan. Seriously, I never thought minivans were the most attractive vehicles but it made traveling with a baby much easier than other types of vehicles. I’m taken off-guard by the fact that I like minivans. Who knew?
We started out early despite a late night of packing. Coffee was deemed a necessity.
We had a ceremonial moment when Tiffany took her wreath off of the front door.
Tiffany drove most of the way. I refused to drive with her even for a short distance when she was a teenager. I thought it would produce conflict between us. (Just read between the lines.) The thing is . . . we’ve changed. . . sort of. She’s a great driver; however, I do make a comment along the way. Of course, I’m more mature in my approach than I was in her teen years!
We stopped in Eugene at Drew’s parent’s home for a couple of items and ended up eating a great breakfast they prepared for us.
Hospitality is a rarity—we enjoyed our time but we needed to get on the road.
We had to make stops for baby Ellie to take care of her needs. Our first stop was Florence, Oregon–a beautiful coastal town. Even our iced drinks at Starbucks seemed to be flavored with the Florence atmosphere. The town is charming. It was more of a rugged coastal town when we took our kids camping by the dunes near Florence long ago.
Ellie made the trip quite entertaining.
Ellie had to eat so we stopped in Coos Bay and ended up ordering lunch in the drive-thru to give more time for Ellie to stretch and play.
On the road again.
The view along Highway 101.
I took a turn at driving–I love to drive and see the sights.
We stopped just outside of Brookings to take time to enjoy the view.
Brookings is the base camp for Chetco, Rogue, Elks and Sixes rivers and has some of the warmest Oregon coast temperatures. By the way, Oregonians most often use the word, coast, rather than beach.
The fun of moving in began without us. Tiffany and Drew’s friends traveled from Nevada to help. And. New friends came to help– students and staff from Brookings High School. It’s clear the community of Brookings is a strong and welcoming community.
Check out the color-coded boxes–each color represented the room the box belonged in.
One of the high school staffers gave a great homemade welcome basket. Everyone is truly welcoming!
We went to a a little place known for great hamburgers. It’s listed on Urban Spoon web site.
Ellie ready to eat.
We visited Brookings High School–it’s a mixture of old and new–I loved it!
Time to end the day.
Morning came early. Drew made a surprise coffee delivery. Smart man.
Detour–we headed out for lunch–but true to form–we found an untraveled road with an interesting abandoned store.
We got back on the main road and made our way to the harbor and found great fish and chips at the Sporthaven Marina.
We headed for home and I finished Ellie’s room before we went late to bed for an early wake-up call to get back on the road to Salem.
Both Tiffany and I like a closet to be organized by color.
Play and reading corner–with a Ellie’s Wishes painted by a friend.
We finished Ellie’s room, grateful for what God has done, is doing, and will do, knowing all the details for their life will come together for good.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)