The Journey Continues

Well, its official – – – we are moving.  We are leaving the northeast and making a new home in Texas.  And while I am tempted to say that we are moving back to Texas, that phrase really doesn’t express what we’re doing. Yes, we’re returning to the city from which we moved 7 years ago.  BUT, we are moving as completely different people than when we last moved.  It would sell short the impact that the city of New Haven and her people have had on us if we simply looked at this move as a return to where we’ve come from.

My family has been so transformed by this place.  Our worldview has shifted. Our vision has broadened.  Our definitions of community and family are changed.  Our love has grown richer. Our spiritual roots have grown deeper.

The city of Dallas has some huge shoes to fill.

I can’t say that, as of yet, I am excited about this development.  Who leaves a very successful business?  Who leaves a life-giving, authentic church family? Who leaves dozens of amazing people, and a handful of really great friends?

But the case to move was made solidly, and we are being received into a loving group of people – both familiar relationships and new ones.

When our lives are lived by the numbers, we have 5 years until all 4 of our children are either in college or have completed college.  When the job offer was presented and we were talking through the aspects of this decision, one of the points was that we want to end well our active parenting years.  We want to be intentionally present in their lives and their discipleship.  Where we’re at now, my husband is having to keep several plates spinning just to make sure that our most basic needs are met.  He is consulting for several organizations, is running his own business and non-profit organization.  One of our kids recently said that they don’t even remember a time when their dad wasn’t either stressed or tired. As hard as we tried, we couldn’t get the numbers to work out to make enough money and do fewer things.

So the process has begun.  I’m sure you’ll hear more about our thoughts as boxes get packed and details are hashed out.  In the meantime, pray for us, and pray for those that remain in New Haven that will be impacted by our departure…

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3 responses to “The Journey Continues

  1. Geoff

    Of course, you and your family have our unfailing love and support. We look forward to hearing more about the journey on which the Lord has you. Surely New Haven will have a void, but our Father is always gracious in filling voids. And I’m sure His plans for you will be rich with relationships and ministry opportunities that He has been preparing you for these past 7 years. I’m so sad we never had the opportunity to visit with you on the East Coast and experience your journey first hand, but maybe now we’ll have a chance when you are a bit closer to this coast. God bless you, Janke family!

  2. Many thoughts and emotions surface as I read your message. Again clear, concise and honest communication are yours in writing Lori. I think everyone gets the explained calculating factors for your move, as well as the wonderful opportunity, that is paving of trail for you, my friends, to build a new home in a not so new place. Please know that you leave behind a city that, with much sweat, tears and great perseverance on your part, is now changed, and will continue to change because of the contribution of your family. This isn’t the place for me to write more personal comments or regrets, but I am thankful that I am one of the folks who invited you to come, and only wish I was a greater part of your contribution! We’re better friends and people from having of journeyed together, and you will always have my love and support.

  3. Krista

    At last! My curiosity has gotten the best of me on several occasions and I have been checking in on your blog for any thoughts or musings about your upcoming move. I wish that I could sit with you and hear more of your processing and the events that have happened for this all to come about, but will have to be satisfied with your updates and writings made here. Many blessings on you, friend, and I will be praying for a continued peace to carry you from one location to the next!

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