San Diego has been good to me. I have lived here just shy of 10 years. I always dreamed I would spend my entire life looking at waves rolling in, smelling the sea salt air, and taking my kids to the nearby slash pad in the middle of December. I found Jesus here. I graduate from college her and then later I earned a Master’s degree here. I found the love of my life here and brought my babies into the world here. I live the dream here in California.
Rusty and I were presented with an opportunity to give our lives a 180. We spent weeks going back and fourth with our decision. Can we leave our California life for a new start? We have friends here. Friends that have been around for years and friendships that are just starting to
grow. We have friends that have children who are best friends with our children. We have family here. Family that moved here to be near us. Can we just pack up and leave our family behind? We love our church here. How can we leave the church that has shaped our faith into what it is today? But what if this opportunity is God knocking on our door telling us it is time to find something new?
So after praying, and crying, and discussing, and researching we have made our decision. We believe with our whole heart that God is calling us to move away from everything we know and put our trust in him as we move to a place we know very little about. The Glaze family is moving to Canada.
Leaving San Diego is going to be one of the hardest things I have ever done. I cannot believe I will no longer have weekly playdates with my dear friends. Carter is going to miss her friends so much. She already asks to play with them almost every day. I am going to miss my sister more than anyone can imagine. Carter is too young to even realize that she won’t be seeing “Auntie Bweezy and Hersh Hersh” very often, but I know it, and it breaks my heart. Just the same, Rusty is very much going to miss his brother and his beautiful family that Carter has grown very fond of over the past few months. But the truth is, the internet is a beautiful thing. We will never be completely out of touch with our family and friends here in San Diego. Plus, California will always be our choice vacation spot!
The Glaze family is moving to Canada. Man, that is crazy to say… It will be a huge adjustment, obviously. Goodbye 80 degree winter days, hello freezing cold! My kids will now have a childhood similar to mine; winter jackets, cabin fever, and possible snow days. We will also be a short 8 hour drive from Chicago. That means much more time spent with Grandmas and Grandpas. Canada will give our kids the chance to grow up in a different culture with different opportunities, opportunities that we likely wouldn’t be able to offer our kids if we stayed here in San Diego.
We have made our decision and there is no looking back. Contracts have been signed. Visas have been approved. All that is left to do now is pack up and move. I know I will be a sobbing mess our last few weeks here in California. It is always hard to say goodbye, but it will be exciting to find a new church, a new home, make new friends, and put Carter in a french immersion pre-school! I am anxious to see what God has waiting for us in Toronto, Ontario.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!