They are giving it all up.
Nope, the money hasn't run out. The home wasn't built on a fault line, they love their church friends and neighbours. But for some reason, with the insight only a loving parent can have for their children they decided they wanted to give their children more. More as in this...
A few months ago, Jay and Leah went away for the weekend. They planned out the next few years together and decided what was really important for them as a family. They even wrote a family code to live by! I wanted to talk about one of the big reasons they decided to move. It may be more or less noble than I make it out to be but here it is.
As a young family Jay and Leah moved to Eagle city in its infancy. It is a lovely town with a great family feel, well planned, with fountains to splash in but Eagle has way too much wealth to be a normal city. They are moving on behalf of their children.
I grew up in Montreal, Canada, and it wasn't until my mom and dad saw that their kids were about to dive into the pit of worldliness that they pulled up stakes and moved to Idaho. They didn't want that for us. Having things, clothes, cars, being someone, doing something didn't matter to them. They didn't want it to matter to us, so they left. Having gone back and visited old friends there, very few made it, in fact only one out of all the good kids we played with in our youth group and school, and the good parents that raised them, one made it out of the addictions and gambling and partying that cropped up to become... a successful wife and mother. Really that is what it is all about? We can talk about that later. But I am glad our little seedling selves were repotted in different soil now that I saw the outcome.
|Austin and his truck|
I am sure the decision to move is not entirely as noble as I am making it sound, the market is doing better, good time to sell, Leah has ants in her pants and always wants to move, it is not a permenant move, yes they are renting the place, I am sure they think of it as something like a summer cottage, I am sure they will have to find a much bigger place eventually, they do have seven growing kids.
Here is how I look at it. Leah and Jay are moving from their McMansion into a house not much bigger than mine, because they want to? Is there something I am missing here? My sister is willing to give up all that she hath, to save her family, so that they can spend more time together, have a less worldly approach to life, a better schooling experience and save money?
|In Middleton, visiting my sister Amy's family. Lindsay, (Amys oldest girl) is teaching the family a lesson about the good samaritan. Leah is wearing the yellow tee and Jay is next to her. The children are a smattering of Leah, Amys and mine.|
I wonder if she has ever felt looked down on by those with more, I wonder if those with more, know what it takes to sacrifice the appearance of wealth for a something so good. I am not calling for anyone to make any life changes. I am just thinking aloud here. I hope when the time comes, I will be visionary enough to see a problem from a far and have the character to fix it for me and for my family.
Sort of makes giving up a cute SUV for a minivan seem downright noble eh Amanda?