6 days left in our home.
6 days left until we drive away from this beloved state.
6 days until we embark on our next adventure.
Our Next Season
For those wondering, I’d love to spell out the next 3-4 months for the Woottens.
Next week we leave our home. The Army is coming tomorrow to pack us up. They will take the bulk of the items we don’t need for the next 3-4 months and store it for us. Then G and I (and the pups) begin traveling to Alabama. G will be in two different Army courses at Fort Rucker through mid-September. Because it is not a “long” period of time, he is simply “visiting” and will be living in a hotel on the Army post. I will be staying with him (and our pups) in this hotel until I return to Texas in mid-July for my “encore.” I’ll be staying with my parents and my sister off and on, helping where I’m needed after my sister’s big surgery.
Our next duty station is Fort Campbell. Fort Campbell is located on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, 45 minutes northwest of Nashville. We hope to buy a home in Clarksville, TN. Pending the timeline of purchasing a home, I will possibly move up to Tennessee prior to G finishing his courses in Alabama. So sometime this September/October we will be moving to Tennessee.
G and I will be apart almost two months during this season, me in Texas and he in Alabama. It is going to be an interesting few months of living in transition but also being very focused on the different things going on.
The Discipline of Remembering
As we prepare for this next season and new place, I’ve been processing and remembering all that has occurred in my life, G’s life, and in our marriage over the last 3+ years that we’ve been in Killeen together.
A few things I’ve learned (through trial and error) over the last 10+ years of moves and transitions prior to the Army life:
1. Make Time to Process and Remember
If we are not intentional about taking time to process, it will not happen. Period. I’ve been spending mornings processing and making sure that we get time with different friends during out last bit of time here in Texas. And I will continue to process over the next few weeks. It is incredibly helpful to take the time to think, pray, and ask God to help you remember what He has done through each unique season of life.
2. Be Intentional About Remembering
I have these questions that I use as a guide to process between seasons of life. There are other questions I ask at different times, but here is a pdf for you to download if you think these might be helpful for you at some point.
- What was missing from this season as you look back?
- What did you most enjoy about this season?
- What did you accomplish that you are the most proud of?
- What were the two or three major themes that kept recurring?
- How would you describe how the Lord dealt with you through this season?
- What were the major lessons you learned?
- Who or what most encouraged you?
- How did I steward what was given to me?
- Who did I influence? Who influenced me?
- Who did God put in my path that challenged me or grew me in a way I didn’t expect?
3. Thank God for What He Has Done
I am still working through the answers. Still processing all that has occurred. Simply reading these questions, I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for all the people who have been our community and the lessons that we have learned.
This season has been full of highs and lows. Truly. And if I don’t look back and remember what God has done, my tendency will be to see the extremes (mostly the lows), and use those to identify this past season of life. Yet, God has been abundantly gracious to me over the past three years, and that is what I want to remember.
My hope is that you will be reminded of the goodness of God in your own life regardless of the season you are in, and that this will be true of you:
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11