September 20, 2013

Leaving Home

There are times in life when you are ready to leave home, like before going to college. You spend years preparing for the change, knowing you'll have to establish a presence in your new place. There are also times when you don't have years of preparation before leaving home.

Six years ago, I followed Peter from Clemson to Memphis. It wasn't immediate, but after two years it became home. We have grown to love this city and our little place in it. In the past six years, I have adopted the term: Memphian by choice. This city has been so special to us. Our first house is in Memphis, our first jobs were in Memphis, our baby girls were born in Memphis, this city is absolutely a part of us.  We have been abundantly blessed with a large community of people who know and love us. Still, we have longed to live closer to our families for years and that longing has been amplified by the birth of our daughters.
Earlier this week, Peter accepted a job in Maryland. We'll be one hour from my family in Baltimore and one hour from Peter's relatives in Philadelphia. While we are thrilled to be moving closer to family, we are sad about leaving our home.

Peter wasn't looking for a job, but since the position in Maryland crossed his desk in late July it has been very clear where God is leading. We are praying to embrace and understand His perfect timing. In the upcoming weeks we'll be getting ourselves organized for the move while getting to know our newest addition. Of course that will mean selling our little house in Midtown the home we returned to after our honeymoon, where we hosted our first Thanksgiving, and first brought our children back to from the hospital.

I would love to reach out and tell our friends individually but with a newborn that just isn't an option. We covet your prayers during this transition. Our hearts are heavy knowing we'll be leaving our home, but we're optimistic about what the Lord has in store for us as we establish ourselves in a new place.


  1. I'm so happy for y'all, and especially to have seen your family grow from two to four! I trust you will keep us all updated with your wonderful photographs. Leaving Memphis is hard. I miss it terribly. That said, moving to be near family is a good thing and I'm thankful God is giving you all this opportunity. Much love... eboyd

  2. Congratulations Parker! What a week for you! I am so excited for you that you will be close to family--and that I might get to see you sometime! We are up in Annapolis frequently visiting my brother and sister-in-law. Where will you be moving?

  3. Wow, Parker! Big changes for your family lately. So bittersweet. Maybe we can meet up in DC some day :)

  4. I'm so excited for y'all and sad at the same time :( Maybe we can squeeze in a playdate before you leave!

  5. This hurts my heart and I am so happy for you and Peter and your girls. God is good always!

  6. P, We are SO excited for you, but understand how bittersweet this transition will be. You (and the fam :) are always in our prayers and we will continue to keep you in our thoughts during what will be some crazy, but rewarding few weeks.

    Lots of love from Atlanta.