Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Brewing Events

The 'brewing events' that I mentioned in a previous post are sadly, not as positive as I'd like them to be. After living in this land for eleven years, we are being forced to leave Turkey and will be moving back to America at the end of the month. Without any valid explanation, the govt. here refused to renew our work permit. We have had a translation company for several years but in just one day, poof! It is gone. Unfortunately, people of integrity are not valued very highly in this country and their livelihood can be taken from them with just a signature. Turkish readers of this blog can confirm this sad fact about their beautiful country.

Posting will be sporadic over the next several months as I am very busy overseeing lessons, packing up the house, nursing sick children as well as a little boy with chicken pox. We will have to find a temporary place to live and then later, a more permanent home. I will post whenever I can. We are confident that God is in control of our future and are not fretting, just saddened by such changes. Please remember us during this time of transition. Thank you!

one step at a time...


  1. I mainly lurk at your site, but I wanted to say I'll be praying for you and your family during this time.

  2. Oh, I am so sorry! I am praying for ya'll. I can't imagine how hard such an upheaval must be. Do you know which area of the U.S. you'll be moving to?

  3. For some reason, I wondered if that was what was happening. I'm sorry you're leaving your home under such circumstances. However, I also know that God often has wonderful blessings in mind for us that we don't see yet.

    I'll be praying for your family.

  4. Betty Dickerson9.1.08

    Oh Lindafay,

    How unsettling that is. I'm so sorry. At the same time, I look forward to whatever adventure the Lord has for you next. Reading about your family, father, and your lives, I get the impression that life is an adventure for you all. Being a homeschooling mother through the adventure must be hard, though. I will be praying for you, for strength, patience, and hope.

    Do you have any idea where in the states you'll be headed?

    May the Lord tenderly surround you with grace during this time!

    Grace & Peace,

  5. Our family will be praying for your family as you go through this transition.

  6. Dear Lindafay,

    I'm so sorry this has happened to your family.

    You will be in my prayers over the coming months.

    With love,

  7. Oh, Lindafay, I am so sorry. I will remember you all in prayer. May you all be comforted knowing that even signatures fall within the sovereign reign of our loving God.


    P.S. Obviously, I'll ask someone else my question on narration ;)

  8. I'm so sorry you have to go through this- you and your family through this blog have been such a blessing to my family- your whole family is in my prayers...

  9. This news has me in tears. I know how much you are going to miss that country and all the beloved people that have come into your life.

    I'll be praying for you and your family.


  10. How awful! I will be praying for the probably difficult transition back to American life [been there, done that--without kids though!] I will keep praying.

  11. Praying for your family and the transition will be as smooth as possible. I've always enjoyed your encouragement so very much.

  12. Our prayers and well wishes are with your family!

  13. Lori9.1.08


    praying for you and your family to continue in grace and peace as you make such great changes in your lives! You are such a blessing to so many of us...

  14. Linda,
    I am praying for you and for your family. I know how much you have grown to love Turkey and this all seems so sudden.

    You know Virginia is a BEAUTIFUL place to live and I would LOVE to have you near! Of course, that's completely selfish, I know.

    I know you know this, but just keep your focus on God and not on all of the details or you'll get overwhelmed. This coming from someone who has moved twice in one year and will most likely be moving again over the coming year.

    Much love,

  15. Oh, Lindafay, what a sad surprise! I know you'll handle the move with grace and your ineffable sense of adventure, but I know all too well how heartwrenching it can be to move from a dearly loved place. All the best to your family!

  16. Lindafay,

    I'm so sorry for your sudden, unplanned departure. It is obvious from your blog that you love Turkey very much.

    My blessing for you is that you have a safe and uneventful move, that your family stays healthy, or gets well as in the case of your little one, and that you are able to settle back down to a peaceful life soon.

    Take care.

  17. Lindafay:

    This was a shock to me. I am Turkish but have lived most my life in Canada so I am not very familiar with Turkish politics etc.

    I just want to echo what has already been said about your obvious love for Turkey... my prayers are with you and your family.

    I wish you a safe, easy and quick transition...



  18. Lindafay, I am praying for you as you juggle a major move, sick children, and the rest of life as a mom! What a burden!! I'm praying specifically that the Lord smooths the road in front of you, and that by the time you find a permanent home here, that the story behind it is an amazing one! Best wishes to you and your family.

  19. Wow... I'm so sorry to hear about your sudden news. Know that I will be praying for God's peace and comfort to be with you all during this transition.

    Your posts have always been such an encouragement to so many people as you inspire us all with your wisdom... now let us encourage you during this time and no worries about not having time to blog right now... you have plenty of insightful posts in your archives to keep us busy! :)

    You know, we have really nice weather where I live close to Dallas in Texas... I'm sure not as pretty as Turkey, but we'd all give you a "Texas-sized" welcome if your new home ended up being here! Not trying to make light of your situtaion... just trying to put a little smile on your face. :)

    Know we care for you and are praying for you...

    Be Blessed,

  20. Jamie9.1.08

    I enjoy your blogs and have learned from them. I am praying for your family on a safe return to America.

    God Bless you and thank you for all you do!

  21. Dear Linda, I will be upholding you are your dear family in prayer during the coming weeks. I'm so sorry for all the upset you are going through at this time. May you settle back into the states quickly and easily and find the Lord's new path for your lives along the way!

  22. Anonymous9.1.08

    My heart is full of emotion as I read this entry. Our story is VERY similar to yours only our country was France and we had two months notice. I don't know if trust or change come easily to you. I always thought they did for me until we moved back. But now I can see that God wanted me to trust Him no matter what He decided to do with me. OUCH! But so good, as well.

    Thank you for all your encouragment to us! He is not tame, but He is good!
    Tarheel Mama

    P.S. I don't know you well, but could I encourage you to take your time and give yourself a lot of grace?

  23. This was not the kind of 'brewing' I was hoping to read about.

    Remembering and praying for you and your family, Linda.

  24. I'm sorry you must leave your beautiful home. I'll pray for your family with all of the many challenges a move brings.

  25. I'm so sorry to hear about your move from a land you love. We lived in Australia for 6 years and when we had to leave, I felt like I was leaving my heart behind. I understand (at least a little) how you feel.

    When my husband's job took us to Hawaii we decided that if we could we would use our time here to bless others. So, if your travel while in transistion (or anytime actually) take you in the vicinity
    of the Hawaiian islands, please contact me. We would love to bless your family with lodging and transportation so you can explore the island.)

  26. Anonymous9.1.08

    Praying for your family. Here is a psalm for you Psalm 63.

  27. Anonymous9.1.08

    After living in Turkey for almost 3years I understand that it can be a strange and wonderful land. I will be praying for you.

    Beth Johnson
    Montgomery, Al

  28. Praying for you. That would be sad to have to leave your friends behind, not to mention the business and the country and the people.

  29. Anonymous9.1.08

    Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I so appreciate all that you share with others through your blog, and can only imagine what you share with those around you in your daily life. I'm sure that you have been a blessing to everyone who knows you and that you will be very, very missed...... There will be some fortunate folks somewhere that will get to have you enter into their lives soon......I am sorry that the changes will be so sudden, and not by your own chosing; and pray for the transition to go well for all of you.

    Kim W.

  30. Blessing to your family Lindafay! Our family will be praying for God's GRACE and PEACE to reign in your household through all of this. AND, that you leave something eternal behind to push your neighbors and friends closer to Him! Romans 8:28 has been one of my *companions* the past year!
    Blessings to you!!

  31. Praying that you'll find your way back home and all will be peaceful in the transition. I know you are leaning on the Lord and there is supernatural strength there that only you can understand as you are in the middle of it. Our move was not across the ocean last June, but it was under very strained circumstances and threat of a lost job (and possible temporary living arrangements as well). I pray that you will find God's faithful and bountiful provision around every corner you turn, friend.

    Godspeed and if you come back to Texas, give me a holler! ;)

  32. I am so sorry! We'll be praying for you during this time of upheaval and transition. God bless you during your move and may everything go smoothly.

  33. I'm so sorry that you and your family are going through this rough time! I will be praying for you all. I've been thinking of you all week because we've been watching the "Drive Thru History" DVD's that showcase some ancient towns in Turkey. What a beautiful land!


  34. Anonymous10.1.08

    Dear Linda,
    I have never left a comment on your blog before, because I usually don't like my comments to be public. But I do visit your blog regularly and enjoy it.

    I wanted to make sure you know that I pray for your family (and especially the 2 oldest daughters, who I know best of all of you) frequently...

    I have been very blessed by having people I don't know well praying for me and my family, and I hope we are that kind of blessing to your family. Also, know that I can understand and empathize with you a bit in having to leave a place you love dearly... because of circumstances beyond your control. It is a grieving process (that I am still working through...), but God has been close to us. I know He will be to you, too...

    God's peace to you,

    (edited by lindafay)

  35. What a blessing to have so many praying friends! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I also appreciate the encouraging words and offers of help. Tammi, if I'm ever in Hawaii, I will holler. How kind of you.

    We will be staying in Texas for a few months but not sure after that. We are looking at buying a place in South Missouri or East Texas. Possibly even Oklahoma. Think 'Hobby Farm.'


  36. Wow ~ prayer supprt to you, as He guides you over the next few days and months.

    You have well spoken: He is in control.


  37. Praying for God's peace and strength as you all walk through this transition together.

  38. This is such sad news. How discouraging and disappointing for your family. I hope things fall into place for you and that everyone gets better soon! I will keep you in our prayers during this stressful time.

    I can't even imagine how dramatic the US environment will be for you all after being in Turkey for so long, but...I'll give a plug for Central Virginia :)

  39. Tonia10.1.08

    I'm so sorry you are being forced to leave your home. I've been reading your blog for months now and your love of Turkey has touched my heart. I'm sure you will see God's blessings where ever you go.

  40. Sharron10.1.08

    I will be praying for you too! I have gotten so much from reading your blog and I know the Lord will lead you to the right place. Too bad it's not Indiana! :)

  41. I'm sorry to hear this news--it has been fascinating to read about your life there, and to see the pictures.

    We will be praying for you and your family during this time of transition. I'm looking forward to hearing what the Lord has in store (as Jeremiah said, that part about His plans for you... but the dog is barking and I can't think straight).

    Oops, all of a sudden the dog needs to go out, and is being vocal about it, so I'll cut this comment short and send it off.

  42. Anonymous10.1.08

    We are so sorry! I know the Lord has good things in store for your family. I'm so grateful to learn here and for the inspiration you've given us!
    Christy and family

  43. Anonymous10.1.08

    I am so very sorry to hear this is happening to your sweet family. Know that I will be praying for you all. Trust that the Lord is moving you for a reason, one you may not see for awhile . . .but He is good and He will take care of your family and every need you have.
    You have blessed me so much through your blog. Our homeschooling is being transformed in great part due to your encouraging words and explanations of the CM method. I am in your debt.
    May God continue to bless you richly, Gina

  44. LindaFay, I have been praying for you, as you came to mind, for a while, especially lately. I guessed the "something brewing" might be something like this. I am so sorry, but I know there are plans "brewing" for you even though you don't know what they are, yet.

    I live in Oklahoma, West of Tulsa, they call it Green Country. Many hobby farms around here. We'd love to have you. As a matter of fact, we are just beginning to plan our first tea party (in the spring) for our girls at our small church. I plan on using some of your ideas.

    Your blog has blessed me so much, and your lives and blog will continue to bless others, just in a different place.

    I know you are sad to leave for many reasons, but I hope you can anticipate a new adventure.


  45. I'm so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for your family. Your posts are such a blessing.

  46. Sorry to hear you and family must flee. I've been reading about the harsh conditions over there and always think of you.

    We'll be praying for safety and provision. Let us know if you happen to land in central Calif ;)

    “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost."- Tolkien in LOTR

  47. Anonymous11.1.08

    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and I have come here several times since. It is so rich, so inspiring. Thank you for sharing all this knowledge and experience. It is sad that you have to leave Turkey this way. Bon courage !

  48. Dear Lindafay,
    I am so sorry to hear that you are being forced to leave Turkey for no valid reason; it will be a big change for all of you I imagine. You will be in my thoughts over the next months, I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing positive news about your new home,

  49. Oh, Linda...

    I am sorry to hear this. I will pray for you and yours. And I am anxious to see where God leads you and how He settles your family in this next season of life.


  50. Malgomaj, Sweden14.1.08

    I wish you the Lord's rest and peace. May He continue to be faithful, as He's promised. And I surely hope this golden blog will remain for me to dig out knowledge from!

    Malgomaj, Sweden

  51. I've contemplated closing down the blog but your encouragement keeps it open. I'm just glad someone is benefiting a little bit. Thank you.

  52. Wow.. keeping you in thought and prayers...

    Leila Freedom Academy

  53. Lindafay, Don't even think strange things like closing this blog down!!:) Besides the fact that I lose all my printouts from here, its so good to have someone (who is WAY more organized) to go before us. I have told you before that I want to be like you when I grow up! I am not kidding;) Your wisdom is invaluable to me and I am passing your blog to newbie CMers all the time. We really appreciate you. And because of all you have given is one reason why you have so many people praying for this transition in your life. The Lord goes before you my friend!!!
    Renee in Michigan;)

  54. I'm so sorry to hear that you will have to leave your home in turkey. We will be keeping you and your family in our prayers as you prepare to move back to the states.
    Thinking of you,

  55. Margie15.1.08

    I am one that lurks at your blog and rarely comments, but just had to say that I am saddened that you will be leaving Turkey. I would be saddened more if you close your blog. The articles are such an encouragement to me as I seek to find my way in using Ambleside Online. I like that I can come here and see such valuable information without having to wade through so many messages at the AO email loops.

    I will be praying for you and your family in the transition.

  56. I was wondering if something like this was going on, we pray for you and your family's safety so often.

    While this may have not been in your plan, God surely is using it for His. He has gone ahead and prepared a path, and although you don't know what is next, He does. In fact, He's already there waiting for you.

    Change is not fun, and sudden huge change like this sometimes gives the enemy an "in". We'll pray protection for your family. I'm thinking considering the circumstances and the illness you are already under attack. I'm confident that through His grace, you will triumph! I'm so sorry that you're having to walk through this mud puddle!

    Take care, and please, we know the blog is the least of your worries right now. We'll sit tight and wait for the dust to settle!

    Take care my dear!

  57. One more to add--your blog is a constant help of solid CM advice as well as interesting bits of information about Turkey--just to let you know you are appreciated! Praying that God will lead you to the next leg of "whatever adventure He sends."

  58. If I ever stop blogging, I have no plans to remove this site and files. :)

    I'm busy, busy packing. Must get offline...

  59. Christine4.2.08

    I have just read about your move back to the states... how sad. I have so enjoyed reading about your adventures in Turkey.

    God's blessings on you and yours!

  60. Oh, my goodness!!! I can't believe this! We are going through exactly the same thing! After 6 years in Russia, we were forced out. (I was deported.) I wish I had seen this earlier. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU.

    Sorry for all the overemphasis in what I just wrote, but I just can't believe that this is happening to you, too.