We’ve (Almost) Got Vision

Every two weeks seems to be the rhythm of the blog life for me. We’ll see how this goes!

As most of you don’t know, Drew and I have been talking to Greater Europe Mission (GEM) about the possibility of moving to the UK (probably either England or Ireland) for an as of yet undetermined period of time. We’ve been discussing what we could do there, whether to go the supported missionary route or a live-work route, and the different pieces of going. One of the things that has been highly suggested to us is a “vision trip” to go over and see what the culture is like and get a taste for things. We’ve decided to do just that. In March, we’ll be heading over to the UK for a little under two weeks. Everything is full of possibility, which is great! That also means everything is up in the air. We would greatly appreciate your prayers and thoughts as we figure out how to pursue this and what God wants for our lives. Drew’s passion is for the deaf. My passion is flexible at the moment it seems. We just hope that God will show us where to go and when.

Other than that all we seem to do is work, and go to school, at least in Drew’s case. I miss the free time of college. In many ways I had more time then, but then again, all that time went to homework. Still, I miss the process. I’m already looking forward to grad school and I haven’t even taken the GRE yet! I need to hop on that train before I miss it or forget everything I’ve ever stuffed into my head.

We are getting involved more at our new church, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. We attended a Newcomers event a couple of weeks ago, and there’s a party on Thursday. Everyone is so nice and they try very hard to remember our names! It’s a beautiful church and the Rector and Associate Rector are very kind. Of any church I have ever attended, this one tries the hardest to get newcomers integrated into parish life and Charlotte in general. They call themselves an incubator church because of the number of independent ministries that started as part of Holy Comforter. It’s been very exciting for me, and as someone who dearly loved Apostles, its nice to look forward to church every Sunday again.

There’s more in the works in our lives but, for now, it’s still so much in the works I can’t explain it until it gets more settled. I’ll try to keep you all updated! Please keep us in your prayers.

Follow Through is Hard to Come By

I’m still working on this whole blogging thing. I need to pick a day or two a week and just set out to blog that day every week. Anyways, my inability to commit to the blogoverse aside, I’d thought I’d give an update.

Since the end of July we’ve been pretty busy. I started work at last and have now gotten up to essentially full-time. My clients are fun and that’s all I can say about that. 🙂 It’s good to be working and earning money again. Drew has been working at Target still and he started his interpreting classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). Not to put words in his mouth, but he’s loving them. He has said multiple times that these classes are worth every penny we’re paying. I’m just happy that he’s getting to do what he loves!

This weekend we went to Dragon*Con. It was my third year and Drew’s second. I got to see a lot of my favorite people from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Charmed, and Warehouse 13. Not to mention Jane Espenson who is adorable. As always, the content was awesome and the guests were very entertaining. Drew got to put his education to work a few times by interpreting a couple of panels of X-Files, Warehouse 13, and a panel on the villains of Harry Potter. I got to see him do the panel of Warehouse 13 stars. He did a beautiful job, but then again I’m biased. 🙂 If you want to know more about the con, feel free to ask me or Drew or check out  their website. It’s awesome!

We also got a cat. Her name is Alfred. Yes HER name is Alfred. She’s an adorable black kitten who was born pretty much the same time we got married. She does adorably dumb things and finds her tail infinitely interesting. There’s a pic on my instagram. She enjoys eating, playing, and watching tv. Not even kidding. She’ll watch something, especially if it’s really bright or has animals, then when that stops get this bored look and move on.

We also think we have found a nice church. I’ll let you all know when we get a little settled into it and more sure of things.

Overall, life is good. It hasn’t been an easy month by any means emotionally but the good times are great times. We miss all our Columbia people!

Quite the Summer

It has been quite the summer, a roller coaster of good things and bad things.

First, I graduated from college. After four years of the incredibly tedious process of getting a Bible college degree, I have a Bachelor of Science in Bible, Psychology, and Youth Ministry. Well, technically speaking, I have a BS in Bible and Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture. Now I get the wonderful opportunity to pay back my student loans. 🙂 Not that I’m being sarcastic or anything. I do have to say it feels good to be done with it even though I intend on going back to school in a couple of years.

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Second, Drew and I got married. It was a beautiful, hectic, life-changing day. There is so much about that day I want to tell those of you who couldn’t come. I’ll start with this: the truth of the matter is, for something described as the biggest day of your life, it feels like any other day. You’re just in a big white dress kissing your best friend in front of an audience. I cannot deny that day was life changing, amazing, and beautiful. There are many things that flew by and I cannot remember, but there are moments that I will never forget. My dad walking me down the aisle. Drew’s hands shaking as he held mine during our first look. Him saying his vows. Hugging my mom after the ceremony. Driving away from the church and it finally hitting me we were married. But that is a story for another day.

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Third, work has been taking forever to get me scheduled. Drew, however, got on schedule the week we got back from our honeymoon (in New York, by the way, also another whole story). So he has been working a lot and I have been trying to occupy a lot of open time. Thankfully, I will be starting next week. Thank goodness. They’ve been doing their best to get me on schedule.

Fourth, and besides the wedding, most important, my mother died a little over a week ago. It has been the hardest thing I have ever dealt with and I am not sure anything else will ever top it. In fact, I pray nothing does. Living in another town, it can be easy to forget she’s gone. Then I remember that if she were still here I would owe her a phone call. It’s those moments that are the hardest, the ones she was always involved in. The holidays are going to be very hard. Drew has been such a comfort and a strength for me, and I can’t imagine how I could have gotten through this week, especially her funeral, without him and without my dad. She was the best mother I could have asked for, better than I could have come up with on my own. Some people make a list of what qualities they want in a spouse. Well, I never could have imagined Drew into a list. If we could choose our parents, I couldn’t have quantified her into a list either. God gives us far better than our human minds can conceive.

Other than all this, all the other moments of the summer so far seem inconsequential. They weren’t at the moment but in the scheme of things, they are very small. But it is the small moments that sometimes mean the most. Keep us in your prayers as we move on in life, as we try to find a church to attend, and as we navigate new marriage. We have been so blessed.

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