Our Extended Family

I get asked a lot “how are your families dealing with this?” Well, if I had to summarize in one sentence it would be supportive but sad.  My mother-in-law used the word sappy, sad and happy.

We really tried to tell our parents in person but when we told them both separately via text that we needed to talk they both knew that something was up.  My mother-in-law just wrote back to Nathan “are you guys moving to Costa Rica?” He then called her and his dad and they had a great conversation.  They were proud of him and this huge honor but there were sad at the same time.

When I tried to get a sit down visit set up with my parents I think they assumed something was major wrong and wanted to talk immediately.  I had to tell them on the phone too.  There was a really long pause.  At that point I just told them that I really needed support and that’s what I got.  My daddy was listening in the background, and just to give a little background on my daddy, he is a little addicted to his iPad.  He is always looking at car parts on Craigslist.  I could hear him in the background asking my mom what was going on and he started looking at a map to find out where San Jose, Costa Rica was.  By the end of the conversation there was laughter and some tears.

Who would have ever thought that a girl from a small town in Arkansas would move to Costa Rica.  If you would have asked me a year ago I would have said NEVER but something has changed.  I have been feeling the need for change for a while.  At one point I thought maybe a new house or maybe we should reduce some of the kids activities.  I feel like we are in a tornado a lot of the time and we really aren’t that busy compared to a lot of other people.  I think I have been looking for a slower pace.  This is a pretty drastic change but here we go.

I am thankful for all the support we have received from our families but I know that they have their concerns.  There is a lot to be concerned about.  Is it safe?  How will we get by without help from friends and family? Is there good medical care?  What if we need to get back home quickly?  These are all questions that Nathan and I have asked some of our sources along the way. One of our biggest concerns was would we be able to take our dog, Blue?

I mentioned it before but I think that putting ourselves in a hard position will make us grow.  Not only as a family but as individuals.  One of the questions that Nathan and I asked ourselves when we were making this decision was do we want to keep on coasting through life here in Memphis or do something that takes some faith and trust in God and each other?

Why did I name this blog The Tightrope?  I am a little crazy about the movie “The Greatest Showman” and there is a song in that movie that really made me think of this journey we are on….. Its called “Tightrope.” Basically the female lead is just comparing this road she is on with her husband to walking a tightrope. You don’t know what may happen or if you will fall but you are willing to go in the journey anyway.

3 thoughts on “Our Extended Family

  1. Hi baby girl. I am so proud of you for all you have done to make this happen. I’ve never seen anything you couldn’t do. Our love from Paragould.


  2. Thank you for sharing this journey of faith. Your honest storytelling is a blessing. Thankful for your family support. So awesome and what an example, Johns and Blands❤️ Jennifer and Nathan, you were made for this at this time 🙏


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