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Living Well on the Queen's Birthday

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You know you've made the right decision when you feel complete peace and release immediately afterwards.  We've had a few of those moments in our life together, when the anguish of having to make a choice about something washes away like debris on the beach once that choice has been made.  That is exactly what we've experienced since deciding that we're supposed to sell our house.  It was a couple of months of tossing and turning all the pros and cons over and over in our heads (well, my head to be exactly: Paul knew all along).  Then suddenly it became perfectly clear.  I looked at my husband and I said the exact same words I said to him over 18 years ago when I finally realised that we were supposed to start our married life in New Zealand instead of Canada:

All the reasons to stay are purely emotional. 

Back then I was thinking of my sister and my only niece and my soon-to-be-born second one.  I was thinking of family and friends and memories and roots.  Birkenstalks and blue-grey oceans and Christmas lights and driving on the right side of the road.  Those things should not necessarily be discounted when making a decision, but in our case, they would have been the wrong reasons to stay.  My pro list for moving to New Zealand was twice as long and contained practical reasons as well as emotional ones.

With tears pouring down my face, I let go of the anguish and said to Paul, we're supposed to go.  I know it now.

And that certainty has never left me and I have never ever looked back.

That was then and this is now.  A similar decision, the same result and so I know that once again we have made the right decision.  God doesn't teach us, speak to us, remind us of past experiences, give us confirmation and certainty just to pull the rug out from under us.  People may do that, but not God.  It's just not His way. 

So since making that decision we feel as if God has poured out His blessing on us as if to say, "well done, my good and faithful servants.  You heard my voice; you listened and obeyed.  I am pleased with you!"

I cannot write about all the blessings in this time, but I can tell you we have never been more content as a family.  No longer questioning our future or re-thinking things past, we are merely content with now.  And grateful for the now we enjoy.  And it's good.

Today was Queen's Birthday in New Zealand so we had a mini-break.  God turned out a stunner for the holiday-makers.  Not a cloud and not a breath of wind.  We balanced our time with a little bit of shopping, a bit of running, a bit of yard work, a bit of learning new skills (such as whistling through grass with the pukekos) and some excursions to enjoy the parks and beautiful places nearby.  It was...perfect.

I am glad I thought to take some photos.  I don't want to always live behind a camera photographing the moments instead of being in them, but this time, I knew it was right.  And with Violet on the other end, the camera just adds to the fun and hilarity anyway.  But more than that, I hope these photos will always remind us of a time when we lived well, when balance was achieved, when we loved and were well loved together.  

A time when we lived faithfully and we knew that it was right.

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