Wednesday, July 09, 2008

1 Year in the land of 10,000 lakes!

Did you know that today marks the one year anniversary of us loading up "too-small-bumble-bee" (the moving truck) and our truck with trailer in tow and heading to sunny Minnesota? Hard to believe one year has gone by and so many changes have taken place. We started out in our rental and then purchased our house in November....less than 4 months after we arrived, I guess we like to pack! My Aunt became gravely ill in September and was gone in April, making us so happy with our difficult decision to move back last year. It has been a difficult year with lots of adjustments because we didn't move away from Boston because we didn't like it, only to be closer to family. We still miss our friends terribly and have came to the realization that we always will. We may never try to sell our condo in Southie because it is comforting to still have "ties" there. I will say that it is wonderful to look back on the past and smile with no regrets of a life well lived and such wonderful people in it. We have so much to look forward to and we are now enjoying our new life in Minnesota, closer to family, with the realization that we are very blessed and are happy wherever we are, as long as we are together.

A wise friend gave this little prayer to me and I think it applies to so many things so I am going to share it:

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability-
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually- let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don't try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what the new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you.
And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense, and incomplete.
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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