Friday, April 19, 2013

A Bittersweet Change

We are home in Longreach!  How wonderful it was to be reunited in our family home again after such a long time away.

Sam is still powering away in his recovery.  His scars are healing really well and he does not seem to have any side affects in regard to fluid retention. He will have an x-ray in Longreach in the next week to rule this out.

I have been offline mostly for the last week, due to some big news that has come very suddenly, news I was unable to share until today.

On Monday Don received an offer of work back at Boeing at Oakey, an offer which we have accepted.  They were very keen to have him back on the team and so we are relocating back to the Toowoomba area.  At first we were hesitant, we love our community in Longreach, the church, the school, the Kindy and everyone in them. However the lure of being closer to family and old friends, medical care for Sam and the superb offer from Boeing, brought us to pray, consider and accept the offer. Boeing is even paying for the relocation of all of our belongings and transport costs as well as providing accommodation for up to a month for Don, if he needs to come down before us.

Don begins his new position with the Blackhawk team at Oakey on the 20th May, meaning we have a month left here at Longreach.  In that time we need to find a replacement to fulfil the lease we have here on the house in Longreach.  Please pray that a suitable tenant is found so we may move together as a family. If not, I will have to remain here with the boys until a tenant is found.

I am looking for someone to take over my Avon business here in Longreach if anyone is keen, let me know.  I have about 40 customers who look forward to receiving the service.

Obviously we have been caught off guard with this move.  We were looking to stay in Longreach for quite some time, but we cannot ignore the doors that have been opened for us in the last week.  It is hard to leave Don's work here and all of the friends who have been so kind and supportive to us, especially over the last month during Sam's surgery.  To say no would be foolish.  We have literally seen God open his hand this week and pour out blessing over our family, in such a refreshing contrast to what we have just endured. 

So we hope that you will celebrate with us, though the news be bittersweet. We are excited and look forward to all that God has in store for us in the future to come.


Tamara said...

I'm glad that your son is doing so well and that you're able to be home. And the job sounds like a wonderful opportunity. You've been in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings to your family,

Maureen Blokland said...

Nicole & Don, you never cease to amaze me......ever ready to answer God's call. May He Bless you as you prepare to relocate & cover every part of it with His Grace.
How equally exciting this must be for your extended family & friends here.
Yes bittersweet. Maureen.
P.S. Love those pics of Smiley Sam!

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