8.25.2011

Waiting & Trusting

Yesterday Brandon and I spent the day in Athens helping out with the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association annual "Welcome Back Vet Students" cookout at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. 
It was a truly wonderful day spent with great friends, colleagues, and  vet students.
The senior students were the easiest to spot, wearing either the "barn uniforms" (khakis and dark green polos), the scrubs and/or white coats. 
The freshmen students were quite distinguishable, too.
They still walk with uncertainty and nervousness. Some were way over dressed-trying to start this "professional school" thing out on the right foot. They will soon find that office attire is suited for the business world, and not the veterinary world. The job is much too dirty.
Brandon and the other "men vets" cooked all the hamburgers and hot dogs, while I and the wives of those said men worked under the tent serving all the food onto everyone's plates.
I served baked beans. It was hot!

All that background information being said, it was so strange to be on the other side of things.
I couldn't help but remember exactly what it was like to be the student/spouse going through those lines. We did every year for 4 years. 
Where in this world did that time go?
There were very few familiar student faces yet I remembered so clearly the conversations and faces from every year we attended.
Being a vet student/married to a vet student is hard work.
But, I would not trade those 4 incredible years for any amount of money in this world.
The friendships and bonds that were made are irreplaceable.
That's how we came to have our Godsons, and I thank God for those sweet boys every single day.
The mission trips and conferences, along with the tests and stresses were some of the best memories we will ever have. 
We didn't have much money-we still don't, but we had fun.
We had brothers and sisters in Christ to share the experience with. 
I am so grateful for all of the memories we made during our time there, which is why we both have had such a hard time letting go and moving on.

From the day we found out Brandon had been accepted to the UGA CVM Class of 2010, we were thrilled about moving to Athens and getting started on our lives together.
We loved Athens before, just from growing up an hour away and going to football games there, but we fell deeply in love with Athens from the day we moved there.
We quickly found a great church-we were some of the first attenders of Athens Church when services were held in the auditorium at Cedar Shoals High School, then onto the Classic Center. Now Athens Church has their own building-we got to see it all.
Our last year in Athens we started going to Watkinsville First Baptist because we wanted to make more one on one connections and have more opportunities to serve, and we loved it there, too. 
We made new friends within weeks of living there and still maintain those close friendships.
I joined the Junior League as soon as I was old enough-23, and thoroughly enjoyed serving the community in which we lived. 
Going back to Athens is so bittersweet because it reminds me of all those wonderful things, the things we have tried so hard to find here yet haven't had much luck.
I know we are where God wants us to be right now, and knowing that makes some days easier than others. I have learned that it is okay to be homesick. I think it's just in us to want to be in familiar territory. While I am enjoying the experience we are having here, deep down I want to go home to Athens. But, I know the Lord is working on us and preparing us for the people He wants us to become.
We just don't feel any sort of settled and I can't help but believe there is a reason for that.
Honestly, there are so many days when watching a sunset or hearing the peacefulness of South Georgia life is the only thing that lets me know that He hasn't forgotten about us. 
And Lord knows, I do love many things about living here-the land, the sky, the simplicity, but we do miss our friends and family. 
Still waiting and trusting in the Lord to show us His plan...
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 
Jeremiah 29:11

7 comments:

  1. We plan to check out both Athens Church and FBC Watkinsville, we've heard great things about both of them! This is only our fourth Sunday in Athens, but the first we're able to check out churches. Thanks for the encouraging post!

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  2. I have similar feelings in my current situation. I didn't end up exactly where I wanted with my job. But I do know that in the end it fit with God's plan and it was the best for my life and I just need to keep trusting that as difficult as it may be.

    I'll be praying for y'all!

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  3. I'm so glad you wrote this and I read it! My husband and I are in a similar situation, except apart - one of us is in the place that feels like home while the other is not right now. It is sometimes difficult to wait and trust. But, you are right, I think after much prayer, God speaks to us by our instincts and feelings. I hope you and Brandon will have peace with your situation soon. I also agree that sometimes, just looking at the beautiful scenery and nature around me is sometimes my only reminder that God is indeed still there and still working.

    Have a great day!

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  4. Cherish! Ok, enough of us seeing each other in passing. We've GOT to stop & chit-chat next time. I caught a glimpse of you and Brandon at the game last night while I was working the spirit booth. When I looked back up to say "hey", y'all had already walked away!! Forgive me.

    I've been following along on your recent posts (mostly on my cell), just haven't sat down long enough to comment. Congrats on your new job! They look like sweethearts! :)

    Let's plan a day we can get together soon! xoxoxo

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  5. Sometimes I feel settled where we are and other times I don't. I know we'll be moving in a couple of years and the unknown is scary but also thrilling! That's the good thing about trusting God. He always has your back!

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  6. I completely understand! Some days I want to pack our bags and head back to VT where we're from. I know God wants us here in TN for a reason though; I just miss family so bad!

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  7. You have such a great attitude about it, Cherish! I know it must be so hard, but I honestly KNOW that God has y'all exactly where He wants, using y'all to work for Him.

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I sure do love hearing from y'all-you make my day!