“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. . . . It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” —Erica Jong
Over four years ago John and I were praying hard. Why? Well, in order to move our three boys five hours away from this set of grandparents, we had to be absolutely sure of God’s will. The job John had? inconsequential. The house we had sweat over? We could find another. The church we grew up in? There are more. But the love and devotion Lee and Claudia pour out on their kids and grandkids is a beautiful and; sadly; rare thing. It can’t be replaced!
So we were pretty excited, humbled and grateful when they told us they were willing to move here. That Lee is going to leave a hometown of 60 plus years? to sell the home he remodeled and lived in over 37 years? That Claudia would leave a good job in a bad economy? That they would both say goodbye to old friends, to other family members, to a church they’ve been leaders in for decades? out of love and dedication to US?! Well that should earn, at the minimum, a long gushy blog post….maybe even a cream pie…sheesh, come to think of it now…
Do we mind driving 5 hours back to Washington to help you pack? Of course not!
and hold a moving sale for all the down-sizing you are now forced to do? Absolutely, it’s our privilege, and I’ll get you top-dollar for every knick-knack!
Drive back a car and pull a little trailer? That’s nothing! We would carry them on our backs, if needed!
Can we park our cute little RV in your driveway until we find a house? Please, you could not possibly stay too long!
and can I get either of you a kidney? I have two!
But that’s the beautiful thing about family and love when it’s done right. No one is keeping the list, the score. You give sacrificially, and you take gratefully. The back and forth of caring for each other, shouldering burdens, listening, making time. If you are very, very blessed in this life, you will experience a feeling-a deep in your heart kind of knowing-that this other person is actually happy to risk something for you, and you are suddenly warmed by this startling truth. The sacrifice itself may be nothing but it comes to mean everything.
It means that they truly love you.
We are proud to announce to the world that on August 29, 2008, Lee and Claudia will finally and officially become Oregonians!