For the past year and a half we have been living with a lot of unknown. Yes, you have seen some great pictures and amazing adventures posted on here, but really that has just been our choice to enjoy Oz while we had the chance. Our visa is tied to Josh's job, so it really puts the stress on when the oil and gas downturn has come and stayed for so long. I know the low gas prices are good for you at the pump, but with those low prices, there are many families that have been living like us or been laid off a long time ago. When the downturn started we sat down over a glass of wine one night and made some rules for our family. We chose to not let the downturn ruin our life in Australia. We made a bucket list, talked about living each day as it might be your last, and prayed God would let us know what to do.
With every downturn in the oil patch there comes a time when you step back to assess the future, as Josh saw his co workers heading for another area, permanent vacation, or retirement. The desks in his office have become more and more empty. Quite often at our dinner conversation Josh will say, "Well, ____ got laid off today." Again, stressful!
Well we have decided to put our faith in God and head back across the pond to explore being self employed. As I type this it really is sinking in, but we both are really at peace with it. Josh raised his hand to be the next one in line because we do not have kids, and we are really trusting that we are in God's hands. It really has been crazy how things really have worked out, and we really can see God's hands. We know it sounds crazy, at this moment neither of us are employed in The States, but something inside of us is screaming, "No Worries, mate, I got this." I realize we sound crazy. We are really trying to listen to God. I have laughed at people before who made life changing decisions because they felt a peace or because they felt like it is in God's hands. You know what they say, never say never. I can say this was the most irrational decision I have ever made, and honestly feel totally at peace. it is time to go home. (Remind me of this if you see me freaking out later)
In the four weeks since this decision has been made, I have seen a weight lifted off Josh. He is no longer going into work wondering if today is the day. He isn't worried that his job is being saved over another coworker who is a single income family and has kids. Wondering if he has to come home and tell me, "We have to pack up quickly and get out."
It has been so crazy to look at timehop lately, two years ago, we started this journey. I was selling everything and getting ready to start our Aussie adventure. That is just what this has been an adventure. We love Australia, and sorry for all the people that didn't get to visit while we were here. We will truly miss living here. The friends we have made, I can not imagine doing life without them. There is something about moving half way around the world with no family, your friends quickly become your family. We have had an amazing family here. All the wonderful adventures we have been on, will be missed. Getting to drive an hour away to a beautiful beach, running outside in shorts year around, going to Hillsong for church, and the list could go on and on, many things will be missed.
Our adventure here really has taught us we need to explore where ever we move to like we have explored Australia. Every place has treasures, but sometimes we do not spend time exploring our own backyard. I can not tell you how many times we have heard, "You have seen more of Australia that me, and I was born here." One life lesson we will for sure take home is, just go....explore!
We are so glad, we chose to live in the moment during the downturn and got to experience as much of Australia as we possible could. I only have two things left on my bucket list, Fraser Island and Uluru (Ayers Rock). Uluru is just too expensive to get to, and Fraser Island, might still can be ticked off. If I can't cross off those things, I mean come on, I will have to come back to this amazing country. Don't worry there still will be adventures while we are here, so keep checking the blog. I already have some adventures planned, and paid for.
Like the invitation? We decided to just keep enjoying our time and make cleaning out a party.
Until then, my Aussie family, let's hang out, go eat dinner (you may have to shout the bill - we don't have jobs once we go home), go to the beach and enjoy our time together.
To our American family, we are coming home. We will no longer have to see friends and families kids grow up through Facebook. We will get to be there and experience life with you. We can't wait. Just pray, we really listened to what God wanted us to do, we keep listening to him, and we find jobs soon.
Anyone hiring a teacher or administrator? I know a great one! Got a cheap car for sale? Furniture? Business? Loan? Town to suggest to live in? We sure have a lot of questions at the moment, but know God will provide answers.
**We had to use our dogs in our announcement, they always tell everyone important things. Now does the Brisbane photo shoot make more sense?