I remember sitting on our green velvet couch (a garage sale find), in our rented duplex, the day Matt came home from a college job fair. He asked how I felt about moving to Omaha after graduation. I thought it sounded like a fun adventure and was totally onboard. 10 years ago, the weekend after graduation, we rented a small U-Haul, and headed 5 hours north. We rented a small townhouse in a part of town that in hindsight, probably wasn’t in the best area. But it worked for us.
It was such an exciting time and we quickly found a church, friends, community. I found an amazing job. And we were able to buy a brand new couch, from a real furniture store. We bought a sectional that was so big, it hardly fit in our townhouse. But we said goodbye to the green, velvet, garage sale special. We had it made.
When I recall all the connections and relationships we made, I see God in every detail.
Although we were only there for 2 years, we put down deep roots. I’m not sure what we were expecting 10 years ago when we said yes to our first move. We were young and naïve. But I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing. The many moves, the constant change, the stepping out in faith, has helped shape me into the person I am today. There are certain things you learn only when your comfort zone is ripped away. It is then you have to decide where you are going to stake your identity and purpose.
It can be difficult to go through life, not knowing how long you will live in a certain area. It can be tempting to put up walls and keep people at arms length. It can feel isolating and lonely. But you always have a choice. And friendship and community is a choice, even though it might not be forever. A good friend encouraged me to put down roots with people, not places. When I look at it through that lens, I have put down many roots, rich roots. Roots I never would have been able to put down had I lived in one place my whole life. While it hurts when I move or others move away, I know that I’m fortunate to have met so many great friends.
The past 10 years have been many things, adventure filled, exciting, trying, frustrating. But most importantly, they have deepened our trust in God. (DISCLAIMER: we are NOT moving or leaving Kiewit, this is just in celebration of Matt’s 10 years with the company)