Friday, August 15, 2008

Where in the World is Shirlee McCoy?

It's been a while. So long, in fact, that I forgot my password for this blog and had to create a new one. Yikes!

I do have an excuse. Actually, I have several. The biggest is that I'm moving. I'm not talking a little move. I'm talking a 2400 mile across country move. It's happening in two days, and I still can't believe it's real. One minute, my husband was saying, "my company has a position in Spokane, Washington...." and the next we were selling our house and getting ready to move.

Speaking of selling houses, with the housing market what it is in our area, we were sure it would take three months or more to sell. Instead, the first person that walked into our house bought it. I'd like to think that is because of my impeccable decorating sense, but seeing as how I don't decorate at all, I have to admit God was moving in a big way.

That was miracle number one in the McCoy moving odyssey. The second miracle was that our China dossier for the adoption was logged into China right around the time the words Spokane and Washington started being tossed around in our house. So, while we will have several adoption things to do once we arrive in our new home, we are officially paper pregnant! Yes, friends, I'm two months along!

The third writing projects are caught up and done. The timing worked out perfectly so that I could make the long drive (yes, we're driving) without having the pressure of books or proposals on my mind. I turned in the last book in the Sinclair series, completed line edits on my continuity and am currently working on a proposal for a new project. No stress. No fuss. I can leave Maryland and start fresh in Spokane. Yay!

God's timing is always perfect. My husband and I have wanted to move from our very hectic and crowded home to a place a little less hectic and a little less crowded for the entire fourteen years of our marriage. We've looked in different areas, made attempts to buy land or purchase houses. In the end, doors were closed, and we refused to force them back open. With this move, the door flew open before we even knocked and it has remained open, beckoning us to whatever God has planned for us.

This past Sunday was our last time with our wonderful church family. Our pastor pulled me aside and said, "Shirlee, I want to tell you that I think this move is going to be the best thing for your family. I've seen you and Rodney trying to move many times over the years, but it was never right. This time, God has opened the doors. Your house sale, finding a new home so quickly, God is working everything out for you this time. And I really believe this is God's will for your lives."

My point? Waiting on God is never easy. We want to hear 'yes', not 'no' or 'not now'. But in waiting, we allow God to work in His way and in His time. When we do that, we find that His plans for us are much bigger and better than the plans we had for ourselves.


Sabrina L. Fox said... Big move. :) I envy you in a way. I've always dreamed of packing up and starting over somewhere new. I don't know why it just sounds so inviting. Now I'm sure there's a lot of work involved and you will be exhausted in the weeks to come, but please keep us posted.

Are the kids excited? This is just one of many reasons it's nice you homeschool. How much easier the move will be because of that.

Congrats on the paper pregnancy. :) I'm thrilled you're finally seeing some progress.

darlene said...

Hey Shirlee,
Prayed for you today. Hope you have a good trip out. I will start looking at plane tickets to fly out. Sorry I missed seeing you life has been crazy. I have been on the run. Looking forward to hear about your new adventure... love ya,

Anonymous said...

Hey Shirlee,

Sorry we didn't get to touch base before you headed out on your big adventure! I hope everything goes smoothly and is wonderful for you. Give me a call when you get settled. Can't wait to hear all about it.


Anonymous said...

Oh...and I had to publish as Anonymous because I couldn't remember my password either :O)


Shirlee McCoy said...

We're here!

This is something I've always dreamed of, too, Sabrina. The kids were very excited. They are even more excited now that we're here. They love it! I'm looking forward to finding a great church home and a good homeschool group. The sooner the kids meet some friends, the happier I'll be.

Darlene, I'll be expecting you in the next few months.

Dani, I'll give you a call next week. I forgot my password again and had to make another new one when I logged on today.