The Hayes Zoo

Our Purpose

- to know God and use our entire lives in service to Him.

- to stand in the gap through prayer, giving and service to viable ministries in Latin America.

- to be transparent helpers of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, using our resources and skills that through the Holy Spirit, we might encourage and equip those who have less.

- to share a living perspective from Latin America to our churches, friends and family in the states and beyond.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Now What?

It looks like we're going to be living here (Vancouver) thanks be to the LORD for the job Alan has. So now what?

Living arrangements.

At the moment we're still living in the parsonage at our church. This place has been a HUGE blessing. Not only is it rather convenient to the 50 times a week we're at church, but it came furnished and with the invite to stay as long as we needed. :)

This is especially helpful when we remember that we sold IT ALL when we left five years ago. We did keep a few things in a storage unit for one year but frankly, after a year of paying for storage and living without those things, you begin to re-evaluate how much you need that stuff. So we went through it back then and got rid of even more.

So we're left with those odd ends and bits of life that only make sense to you as a person or your life up to that point. Pictures, wedding books, baby clothes, family heirlooms and china. So, bless my parents' heart - they let us store some things under their house and saved us a bundle.

We've culled through even more of that 'stuff' as we've been here. Man - do things go to pot quickly in storage....just saying. Yet some of those bits and pieces have been fun to have back again. Although the china is staying under the house though until we wind up somewhere permanent.

Permanent...hmmmmm....I don't even know what that looks like or feels like anymore. It's an okay thing but I will admit to feeling somewhat gun shy about making decisions that seem like they would be permanent.

Yet, here we are. For our family's sake, at some point we will be moving to a more permanent place of residence.

Not for a while though. A couple of weeks ago we met with someone about finding out where we stand financially with our options. seems 5 years on the mission field doesn't exactly show up in the work history, so we need to wait a bit longer to be legit.

Oh well. If there's anything I've learned over the past years it's that God has His own timing. It never looks like my expected either. For me now, it's enough to know that He will provide. I can look back and see that one quite clearly.



Susan in the Boonies said...

If Vancouver is the Vancouver I have been to, in Canada, that is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life!

If it's not...


You should take a trip to Vancouver, Canada's really pretty! :-D

This world is not our home, right?

That was an easier concept when I was single, with no kids. An easier place to be emotionally, and fiscally.

Hang in there, Babe! God is faithful. But I KNOW you know that.


NotaSupermom said...

In Washington state, right?
I don't know why I'm so excited about you being back in the U.S.
We were probably less far apart before!

Jamie Jo said...

Looking forward to the day your journey brings you back to this not-permanent place to pick up the pieces (odds and ends) of memories you left behind. Like you, I'm accepting your new reality and feeling less bereft each month that goes by. Much love! Good to see you blogging again.

Traci said...

Wondering what God is up to has been my focus of late. It is easier to look back and see his hand all over it but sometimes not so much during.

G5 said...

Can I be selfish and admit I'm glad you're staying local-ish for a while???