Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thankful for 2010

What a year 2010 was in the Wallace household!

It started in January at Maria's wedding. It was such a great wedding and I was so glad to be a part of my cousin's special day. As Dave and I were driving the rental car back to the airport, we had a discussion about where Dave was in his career. We talked about several different opportunities that *may* present themselves in the next year. 

Little did we know that over the next month Dave would begin talks with World Vision about moving to England. 

And then at the end of March we would find out that we were pregnant. 

The rest of the year was very full with me working as a substitute teacher and also part time in retail. Dave would continue in his job, slowly changing his role in preparation for moving. We had lots of discussions about moving, how to do it, and what we were doing.

But God put all the pieces into place. 

Our renters fell into our laps when Dave's uncle recommended our place to some APU students. We didn't even have to advertise. 
Some wonderful people from our church back home lived in Wimbledon and were a wealth of information about the area we were moving to. They suggested places to live and the church we began attending once we arrived. They were able to help us meet people in this country before we even arrived. 

Our finances worked out despite our worries and concerns. 

We moved when I was 33 weeks pregnant, and we had no place to live once we got here. We didn't have a doctor or a hospital.

The people at our new church helped us find a place to live. They gave us rides. They gave us a kitchen table and chairs. They answered questions and had us over for dinner. They made us feel welcome even though we asked funny questions and complained about England. 

Our house was only available because the other people who made an offer the day before us had requested a dishwasher. Our house is perfect for us (minus the dishwasher ;-)
Our next door neighbors (who we are slowly getting to know) have a little girl that is 6 weeks older than Georgia. 

Once we found our house, things with the doctors lined up. The whole NHS system was very strange to us, but the doctors office took us without complaining and we got into the hospital that is the *best in the area. 

Georgia decided to come a few days late, and she was teeny-tiny, but otherwise healthy when she arrived. 

Its amazing looking back how everything lined up in God's timing. If I had been more pregnant, we wouldn't have been able to move because I wouldn't have been able to fly. Although Dave was concerned about having a baby, it has made the move over here complete. We have met so many people that we wouldn't have otherwise spoken to. I really believe that our ministry over here will center around families - and it is all because of God's gift of Georgia.

Pray for us as we try to figure out what that ministry is. I am trying to get out of the house and find opportunities to meet people and get involved in the community. It is easier said than done, but I am excited to see what God will be doing over the next year.

Here's to what God has planned for 2011!

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