It all started about 4 years ago when Eric attended Supervisor School with the VSP. During that month of training, he and another Sgt became best friends. The other Sgt, invited Eric home to stay the night with his family one night while they were in Supervisor School. Eric was so moved by their hospitality. Their friendship continued to grow and Randy begged Eric to bring his family up for a weekend to check out the area (I'm pretty sure he knew we would fall in love with Lynchburg). Well, he was right!! After a weekend visit to Lynchburg, we went back to Christiansburg with a strong desire in our hearts to move there so we started praying.
Since Eric works for the Virginia State Police, we have the option of transferring if we want to. After praying about it for a while, we decided to put in a transfer letter for Campbell County(several Sgt positions) and Appomattox County (only 1 Sgt position). Eric was first on each list so we knew if a position came open we would have a big decision to make. As time went on, we went back and forth on whether this was really God directing us to Lynchburg or if was our own desire. I am not a patient person so I expected God to just put all the pieces together once we decided that we would be willing to go there, if that's where He wanted us. NOT HOW IT WORKS!!! Since God was not moving things along the way I thought He should be I began to doubt. We continued to pray.....
As months turned into years, yes YEARS, we had many moments of highs and lows. Just when we would think the Lord was putting the pieces together, everything would fall through. We even took our letter for Campbell County out because we just didn't think that's where we were supposed to be. There were many times we thought about pulling Eric's transfer letter for Appomattox but we never did. Randy continued to encourage(push,pull,tug ahem) us to move up there. Our response was always, "if the Lord makes a way, then we will move but not until then". Our biggest hurdle was selling our house. We tried to sell it twice over this time period and we never even received an offer. We continued to be discouraged and confused and asking "why had God put this desire in our hearts if He wanted us to stay in Christiansburg"?
Fast forward to Fall 2012! Randy had sufferend an injury while instructing firearms at the range. He had injured his shoulder and would need surgery. His surgery did not go as planned and he was not able to return to work. Randy was the only Sgt in the Appomattox office. By Spring 2013 after many doctors visit, therapy and prayers it was determined that Randy would be leaving VSP retiring on disability because of his shoulder. This was a huge blow to him and his family.
If Randy was retiring that meant they would need to fill his position. Eric was first on the list and we would need to make a decision over the summer 2013. This is definitely not how any of us thought the Lord would work it out for us to move to Lynchburg. Since we knew they would be filling Randy's position late Summer or early Fall we decided to put our house on the market in May 2013. Our house was our biggest hurdle, but God could do anything if that's where He wanted us. May, June and July passed with no offers. Once again we were feeling confused and questioning if this was the Lord's will. August came with excitement we had an OFFER!!!! We were excited and scared and the kids weren't sure what to think. Everything moved along smoothly so the day before the home inspection, Eric and I made a trip to Lynchburg to find us a place to live and to get paperwork filled out for the kids to start school in the Fall. We wanted to move on August 10th because we had vacation planned for the next week. We arrived at the apt complex where we were hoping to live and prayed before we walked into the leasing office asking God to give us a clear answer. We walked in and told them what we were looking for and guess what, they had an apt that would be available Aug 9th!!!! Yes, we both looked at each other and laughed. We finalized our leasing application and were immediately accepted. Since we weren't prepared to pay our down payment that day we asked if we could bring it back on Friday. They agreed and we were floating on air and in awe of what how the Lord was putting all the pieces together. When we got back to Christiansburg that evening, the guy was at our house doing the home inspection. Seemed everything was going fine. The very next day our realtor pulled in our driveway, he came in and had a very grim look on his face. He said "I'm sorry but the buyers have changed their minds and do not want to buy your house". What?!?!?!?! We were crushed!!!! We could not believe that they had made this decision before the home inspection was even finalized. Why?!?! They gave no concrete answer for their decision. It felt as someone had punched us in the gut!! We immediately started praying for guidance. What do we do if they offer Eric his transfer and our house hasn't sold? What do we do about the kids school? So many questions, we were in a fog. Almost like there was a death in our family. I know that sounds extreme but we had just witnessed God putting the pieces together and now they were all falling apart. We had vacation coming up and school starting, we were running out of time. We were so discouraged, but God is not the author of confusion. He had not brought us this far to leave us now. He had a plan and would show us just how big He is!!! Within 2 weeks, He sold our house. Yes, after 4 years with 1 offer and the buyer backing out. He sold our house twice within 2 weeks!!! Only God could do that! We give Him all the glory for allowing us to witness His goodness in such an awesome way. The next day we went back to Lynchburg, paid our deposit and registered the kids for school. The next week we went on vacation. We came home from vacation about 4am on Saturday, August 24th and loaded the moving truck. On Sunday, August 25th after church, our family of 4 headed up 81 to our new home. On Monday, August 26th the kids started school. Whew!!!! It was a whirlwind but God's timing is perfect. He allowed all the pieces to fit together in His time and not ours!