So.... interesting things have happened. Where to start? hmmmm... how much to share? hmmmm... Houston was the most terrifying, frustrating, and yet incredible experience ever. There were so many times that Aaron and I were going to throw in the towel and come home but we knew that Heavenly Father sent us to Houston for a reason. We did everything we could to make things work out there. We sold our home here, we had three different jobs. We weren't sure of what to do. Finally Aaron received a calling to be the ward executive secretary a couple weeks ago. We thought "finally maybe this is why we came here" because his jobs didn't work out, LDS Family Services didn't get up and going, and we hadn't had a calling up until that point. Unfortunately we weren't making enough money to make ends meet. We went to the temple and prayed and fasted. We were so worried about coming home before we accomplished what the Lord wanted us to do in Houston. I kept thinking of the Nephi primary song "I know the Lord provides a way he wants me to obey" so we were waiting for him to make some kind of miracle happen. Instead we just kept hitting walls. After Aaron got set apart in his new calling (he was told in his blessing to do what was best for his family over the responsibilities of his calling) Aaron talked with our Bishop. Through his counsel and prayer and fasting we discovered that we had no unfinished business in Houston. We had accomplished what the Lord had sent us there to accomplish. We were blown away because we thought for sure that God had sent us there to live. Also we were blown away because we couldn't think of a single thing that we did that could have possibly accomplished the will of the Lord.
It wasn't until we were leaving that we started to see some reasons why Heavenly Father had sent us to Houston. 3 specific people came to us and expressed their feelings that we had come to Houston for them. They told us why and it felt so good to know that we had touched lives in Houston. More than that though, we discovered that Aaron and I had learned so much from the people in Houston. We learned how to love at a greater level than we ever loved before. We learned how to forgive. There were so many people that we had malice towards through our whole adoption escapade (before we went to Houston)... I can honestly say that I could give every single person (that I had anger towards) a hug right now. For that experience alone... priceless... I would do Houston all over again.
We may never know to the full extent, the reasons why we went to Houston. But we do know that we were obedient and followed Heavenly Father's plan for us. A piece of us is still there.