11.5.12

What a difference a year makes

A year ago today we visited Cardiff for an open day at Josh’s college. It was the first time we really had a chance to look around and ask some questions and I just remember coming away feeling totally overwhelmed.
I posted about my thoughts HERE, and I’m so glad I have this blog to remember the time of change and transition we have experienced in the last twelve months. I’ve been pretty honest about the struggles and joys of moving to the city and it’s great to see how God has worked through several situations in hindsight.
Here are a few things that my former self might have found useful to know last year...
Then:
This time last year accommodation was a huge weight on my mind. We knew we wanted to live in a privately rented house but we weren’t sure if the college would agree. I remember bursting into tears when one of the students was particularly unhelpful about showing us one of our potential flats (but trying not make a scene - why is it impossible to stop crying when you want to?!) because I just wanted to know where we were going to live and to sort it out.
Now:
God answered our prayers and we were able to move into the house we longed for. Not only that, but the landlords put in a new kitchen and bathroom and sorted out some mould and damp issues that I was slightly concerned about. I love our house so much, and I’ve loved hosting people and being hospitable.
Then:
I was worried about Josh going back to being a student because when we were first married (and Josh was a student and I wasn’t) I found it really tough. I was sad that Josh would have all his meals in college and we wouldn’t really eat together. I didn’t want to feel left out as he did this new thing and met new people, whilst I didn’t really have a role in Cardiff.
Now:
None of this has really been an issue. Josh and I get to spend a lot of time together and eating alone on some days isn’t too bad. Going back to university as a mature student is definitely different to doing it the first time around, I have been proud to see Josh settle in so well and it’s been nice to meet some of the other college spouses and students.
Then:
I had no idea was my role in Cardiff would be. I had no job when we moved down and finding a full time post was something that made me stressed for months after moving to the city. I felt like I had to prove my worth, especially when most of the new people we were meeting were lawyers or doctors!
Now:
God provided some part time work for me very soon after moving down and it was such a blessing as I didn’t really have to search it out. To be honest, getting rejected from job after job was tough, especially as I don’t find my receptionist job very stimulating, but when we found out I was pregnant at the beginning of the year it all made sense. It would have been really awkward to have started a new job and then have to leave a couple of months later...plus I really love being part time as it has enabled me to get to know people, spend time making a nice home for Josh and just be a bit more relaxed.


I would be here all day if I listed every other thing that has fallen into place this last year from our church to our transport. It hasn’t all been easy and I remember shedding many tears, but God is faithful and we are settled here.  There are still many different frustrations and difficult situations in front of us but it’s easy to face the future when you know God’s promises and can see them fulfilled in your past.
And you know what? I’m glad that I didn’t know how things would work out this time last year because we have learnt and grown so much through it. Our faith and our marriage have been strengthened through our experience and that’s what living life is all about.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for this reminder, Rachel! I'm always amazed at how "human" I can be sometimes- when all the while, just as He has always promised- He's got a plan and is completely in control.


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  2. I like how you are collecting rocks here...just like your post not too long ago about remembering God's faithfulness. You are doing a very good job. Well done :)

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  3. I absolutely love you Rachel. What an encouraging post. God is very very good. It reminds me that life does work out in the end if we trust in the Lord. So happy for you all xxx

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  4. This post defInitely displays all that God is
    Capable of and more!!

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  5. It's my favourite thing about blogging: being able to look back on how you were feeling during a rough patch, and to be able to realise how far you've come. You two (or three, really!) have had such an eventful year! I'm sure it will stand out in your family memories forever :)

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