I haven't had much time to catch my breath lately, nevertheless tell everyone what's going on in our lives right now. But I've been getting some questions, so I'll try to be as brief as possible - ha ha, not my strong point!
This spring Chris really felt God calling him to Seminary. He worked hard to get his Masters in Theology, but he really believed he needed more education. He started looking at Masters of Divinity degrees - both online and on-campus. He wanted more Bible classes, and classes on preaching and counseling. The more he looked, the more he knew he wanted to go to school where he would interact with the other students and professors. There's a lot of learning in the classroom that just can't be duplicated in online programs. He narrowed it down, applied, and was accepted to Denver Seminary for the Fall.
At the same time, we knew we needed to sell our house. First, we just plain couldn't afford it after he changed jobs almost two years ago. We made it stretch as long as possible, but it was time. And we were okay with that. Also, we really believed we needed to spend much less on our house so we could free up money to be spent on things like family vacations, mission trips, helping people when we see a need, etc. So we got our house ready to sell -- so much work involved, you have no idea!!! We listed it on a Tuesday, and the next Tuesday we had an offer. Oh. My. Gosh! That has NEVER happened to us. And we have sold a few houses over the years. We really felt like it was God confirming that we were on the right track!
So the next big question, where are you going to live? Well, we're going to stick around here. Our jobs are here, are families are here and until God calls us to move somewhere else, we're staying put. Chris was fortunate enough to line up his fall classes all on Mondays, so for now, the plan is for him to drive out there every Sunday afternoon and come home Tuesday mornings. Not perfect, but it's the only plan we can come up with for now. We've learned that God can change those plans at any point, but for now, this is what we know.
I'm also finally starting to realize that I've got to start sorting and packing. Because we plan to go smaller, I've got to decide what to keep, what to sell, donate, and just plain throw away. All while the kids are on two swim teams this summer, and I'm in the middle of planning VBS. Oh my! Just going to try to catch my breath and take it one day at a time. But that's what we know for now.