California & TLF

We’ve been in California for two weeks now. We arrived a couple of weeks later than planned and encountered rainy, snowy mountainous highways, and hours of driving in fog.

Upon arrival, we were met with several days of rain… not exactly our expectations of California.

It’s still a season of waiting for us as we hope and pray for our next home to become available. We are living in a Temporary Living Facility, basically the military’s way of saying a hotel suite equipped with a kitchen and a washer/dryer. It’s actually very nice and gives us a taste of apartment life living, except a cleaning crew comes by every two days to give us fresh towels, take the trash, and make the bed.

Since arriving, we haven’t done much exploring. However, I have quickly created a list of some of my favorite things about this base:

  1. Smaller base, which seems to be able to handle business a bit better than our last base.
  2. A local coffee shop who’s core belief is People Matter Most and I actually felt that when visiting their shop for the first time.
  3. Bible study on base with women who literally embrace and welcome newcomers and have created a truly safe space for their members.
  4. Friends from McGuire, now here.
  5. Not freezing my butt off in the pointless, sometimes snowless, cold of New Jersey this December.

Okay, so maybe that last one wasn’t necessary, but I couldn’t leave a list of only four items. It just felt wrong.

It’s been hard to continue playing this lifelong waiting game, but I’ve been trying to focus on the good things and the little glimmers of hope, like when housing says there’s house available but they have to contact the people one slot ahead of us first. Just knowing there could be an end to this one desire, keeps me going.

As much as I hate saying we are still in the TLF, I am reminded of others who have spent months in TLF while waiting for a house. I must remember this is only temporary.

While my biggest and most yearned for gift is a house to make our home, I’m thankful for this waiting season. I know my trust in God’s timing has already increased and my appreciation for Christmas in our house next year will be so much sweeter because of this wait.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4 ESV


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