Archive for July 2011

One year since we left Reno

July 28, 2011

It’s been exactly one year since we left Reno. I finished my master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno and we were moving back to our home state of New York after 2 years in Nevada. We left on July 28, 2010 last year and I remember the day clearly. It was a picturesque sunny day in Reno like one of the many bright sunny days they get year round. We said goodbye to the Koshy Family who was so kind and generous to give us a place to stay for 3 nights while we were cleaning and vacating our apartment. It was hard to say goodbye to the first Indian (malayalee) people we met in Reno and because of the close Christian friendship we developed. It was hard to say goodbye to so many of our friends.

We then went back to UNR to say goodbye to the university one last time. The pictures below are the last shots on campus – our home for the last two years. I remember pausing here and just knowing that the journey was about to begin.

We were really sad to leave Reno that day. Yes, there was the excitement of the road trip back to New York but we both came to love this quirky little city and the natural desert beauty it was surrounded by.

Looking back, I know God had called us to Reno and He is the one that directed every step of our lives there. When we were going there in 2008, I had no idea how it would turn out but I remember praying to God to provide for and protect me and Ann in a city where we did not know anybody. God came through in countless ways and answered many prayers that I know have changed me and Ann for the better.  So looking back, I know Reno was part of God’s grand design for our lives from even before we were born.

My brother-in-law told me recently that he used to tell people who wondered why Ann and I moved so far away when there were good colleges on the east coast. He used to tell them “God called them there.” That would have sounded funny to me too if I heard it early on while we were living in Reno, but in hindsight, that was exactly the truth.

God called my wife and I to Reno. He opened our eyes and understanding to a lot of things. He showed us great and majestic things we did not even know about. We visited and drove through every single western and mountain state. He changed and refined our character in so many ways. He brought such precious people into our lives.

If ever I was sure of one thing in my life, it is that God called us to Reno and was with us every step of the way.