I can’t believe it’s been 10 weeks. Well that’s where this story starts. In December, Jerrell, who was pregnant with her third baby, called and said she needed to go on bed rest. We were planning to go to Florida for Christmas anyway so it just meant I would pack a few more bags.
Before I go into the extended stay details, let me bring you up to speed. Jerrell and Sam moved to Florida last March so that Sam could go into full-time ministry. We were excited about what God was doing with them, but it also meant crunching our calendar even more because we’d be traveling there a lot as well because of the babies. We’ve always had a second house in Florida, but downsized when the kids got older because we rarely went together. Four years ago, I refurbished our condo that would serve as the perfect getaway for Darrell and I and we sold the big house. When they got the call to move, my cute condo went to them. So just like that we were trying to figure out how to split our time between all these baby girls. I was in the midst of redoing my house so I couldn’t put that much thought to it, but I knew it would work itself out.
One day, our realtor called and said, “there is a house in your old neighborhood that’s amazing.” He hadn’t listed it yet and wanted us to see it. Darrell called Jerrell and asked her to go look at the house and give us her opinion. She called back and said, “You’re crazy if you don’t buy this house.” In true Darrell Green form, he said, “I think it’s God” and bought it that day. I was blown away. You see, we had told God years ago we wanted a home in that neighborhood and knew if it was His will, we would find one. Isn’t it amazing when he gives us the desires of our hearts?
Back to the wait. So our entire family traveled to Orlando for Christmas. Jerrell got comfortable on my sofa with her computer as the rest of us chased the toddlers. On New Years Day, the family headed home and my service began. I left my life in VA, including my store that I knew would struggle between my absence and the Winter weather, but I was in it for the long haul. Nothing was more important than Ella making it full term. And she did. The best part was my personal growth during the wait. I was able to spend 10 weeks without the noise of my everyday life. I could focus on my quiet time, listening for direction in every area. I learned that in the wait (we are all waiting on something) that if you spend your time serving someone else and focusing on their needs, being their miracle, you stop focusing on your own.
Yes, it was hard being away from Darrell who flew back and forth more times than I could count, but it was nothing short of amazing just like baby Ella 🙂