From Somerset to Canonsburg

Does anyone like to move? I know there are people with jobs that require them to move often, and I know there are people who move every 6 months. But does anyone really like to move?

This weekend the family moved for our seventh move (if my count is right) leaving calm, relaxed Somerset for the bustling little town of Canonsburg. It’s been a move, long in coming. We started down this road back in February when we announced that we would be helping to plant a church in the Washington County area south of Pittsburgh. Now finally, here we are.

Everything started on Friday as some amazing friends from St. Paul’s met us at our Somerset home to help load the first truck. In about 2 hours, we had loaded all our furnishings and 2/3’s of our boxes into a 28’ish foot Bittner Vending Truck. (Thank you Kim Bittner for sharing your truck and your amazing driver, Ken!) Saturday morning, we loaded the second truck vehicle, a 16 or 18 foot cattle trailer with the remaining boxes and odds in ends left in the house. (Thank you Sherbine family for your trailer and all your help.) A third truck, a rollback, (thank you Ollie Shaffer) was loaded up with all the outdoor stuff. Then the caravan west made their way down Rt. 70/79 for Canonsburg.

I’ll spare you all the details and just say, it was an amazing day. By the time everyone left, every Higham had a bed to sleep in, and most of the furnisher and boxes to be emptied were in the right places. Amy and I are simply amazed and grateful for the love and support of our friends, from both St. Paul’s and Harvest Church. I don’t know what we would have done without all their hard work, smiles, and willingness to help us move forward with God’s calling.

It’s now Tuesday, and as I sit and write this, I can’t help but wonder what God has planned for us and his newest church family! While the weekend carried with it a bitter-sweet reality of relocation and the eternal snapshot of how the family of God cares for and loves each other, today brings a new excitement for the future in this community.

Since my office is not yet set up, I will continue to frequent Starbucks for time to write and study. But I am really looking forward to is being in the community to meet and forge new relationships while reconnecting with many of our former students and families who are still here.

On a personal note, I just want to thank all who helped us move this past weekend. I am truly and eternally grateful for all your support, prayers, love, and help! We love all of you and can’t wait to be able to visit together soon!

– jay

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