A New Song

I haven't written much about how I have felt about our recent move to North Carolina.  Leaving my daughters, their guys, mom, grandson, friends, home and dogs was so difficult.

Saying goodbye to all those beautiful winding country roads that I loved to travel, adventures with my kindred spirit Joyce, the ability to drive to my Mom's whenever I wanted tugged at my heartstrings.  I've been listening to a song that comforts me with hope called Thank You For The  Music.

Leaving all the love and beauty around me that I had celebrated for ten years makes me cry more than you know.

 I read a beautiful message recently about the white space in-between the musical notes of a score.  Did you know that they are equally as important as all of the musical notes?

 After reading the message, I was reminded that for now I am in the white space in-between the notes of my old songs and soon I will have a new song to sing.

It's difficult to want to sing or dance or celebrate, but soon there will be reason to celebrate again.

Until then, I listen for God's voice to lead me every day, and I look forward to going home to visit all the love and beauty I miss so much.

This is not the first time that God has asked me to reinvent myself.  And it is the first steps in this process that are the most difficult.  Then it becomes an awakening of all the gifts that God has given and somehow they become intertwined with the new fabric of life.

Maybe you too have gone through chapters that make you feel that you have lost your song.  Perhaps you haven't been asked to move away from your family and friends, but have found yourself waiting today in the white space for your new song to be written.

If so, just know that soon all that you were before and all that you are about to become will be in concert with new music that will make your life richer with joy and blessings.

Vee said...

So challenging to take a new path, especially on that takes us away from all we know and love. I have only done it twice and my hope is to only do it once more. Blessings to you, Karen.

Snap said...

Beautiful post, Karen. I think you will love North Carolina -- it is has plenty of country roads...;)


Kathleen Grace said...

I have been in our home for 33 years, so I can only imagine how hard it is to leave and go some place new. I will be praying for you Karen. May God open your eyes to the beauty He has for you in this new place. XO

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Very well written post Karen. Hopefully when spring comes and the weather is nicer you will come to love NC and explore and discover new places of beauty.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh Karen, I'm sorry you're having a tough time with this move. I moved away from my family years ago and I still have times when it hurts me, too. I miss my boys so much. I don't know what to say but there are ways to stay close without living close. I hope you start to feel better about your new home and your changes. Sweet hugs my friend, Diane

Anonymous said...

Sigh ... so there with you, my friend ... kindred spirit.
As a piano teacher (don't teach it anymore), I recognize the importance of intervals, the space between notes. Oh, how that takes me back to the nine years I spent with my piano teacher. Wish I could have valued her wisdom as much then...hmmm. Intervals allow the sound to resonate as it should. Without it, there's practically no passion/soul/art in music. Our God, who is quite passionate, I might add, knows exactly when to strike the next note, even more so than the greatest musician, and through it all we are always always always in His hands. The thought that we are in His hands is helping me through my own transition these days, the realization that He knows exactly where I belong, how long I belong here, and when to move me again. My life, after all, is not my own. That said, I cry along with you more than you know ... and sing. ;)
On another note (teehee), these keys are simply gorgeous, Karen. Where did you find them?

Celestina Marie Design said...

Dear Karen, Beautiful post from the heart. I can relate to you having moved away from family and friends many times. It is the space between the notes as you say. Just a mere pause in the music. Soon the song begins and the notes are crisp and clear and you know the purpose you are given once again. A path chosen for you before the beginning of time. I feel God knows who can handle these challenges. You have such a talent and spirit and you bless others on your path. I know you have many joys coming. In the meantime, the love of your family and friends left in Mass. will be there to share as your story continues.
I cherish your friendship.
Have a blessed weekend.

Pondside said...

My heart goes out to you, Karen.
I have moved many times since I was married 40 years ago. Reinventing myself and my life was something I learned to do - while still being true to myself. It was a challenge as we moved back and forth across the country, the US and to Europe. You will be a gift to your new home and community - it just takes time, and winter isn't an easy time for those connections to happen.
Thinking of you......

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear Karen,

Didn't I tell you once that it is YOU who taught me how to blog? Well, yes, you did.

Your attention to that WHITE SPACE and in between the lines is what opened up a whole new way of writing for me. Yes, all the other elements outside of the notes are just as important to notice. I pray that you will find your rhythm in this new environment in which you find yourself. One this is for sure, your presence is still HERE in Blogland. Anita

Kath said...

Must be challenging for you...
Such a wonderful song though!
Thanks for sharing your heart :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karen... xoxoxoxo

I am so sorry you miss the ones you love. Sending you prayers across the miles along with tender thoughts and love.

I have lived away from my family for my entire adult life. I was the little girl who never wanted to leave my mother's side. Now, many of those people have gone on ahead. I finally had to come to the realization that your friends are your family you choose for yourself, and over the years, I have relished those warm relationships. And always, there is the
Lord, and He is our best friend and constant. I even take Him shopping with me and pray that He leads me to the things I should have. When I am alone, I spend my time listening to tapes about Him and talking to Him. I yak His had off! ;-)

What you are going through is normal. It is so hard to uproot from a place and people we love. I had to do it again in my forties. I decided to do everything in my power to stay close to my old friends, and it has helped. Stay close to your loved ones as this is only a passage. But stay open to new friends and new possibilities. I would not give anything for the experiences I have had. God truly knew best and planted me in a place where I could grow and thrive.

Thinking of you...