I've been known as a slow transitioner... if that's a word. When dinner is done and Aaron's ready to move on, I like to sit just a few more minutes. When it's time to get out of bed for the morning or from a nap, I enjoy just laying there awake for a little bit. I enjoy long conversing goodbyes most of the time, and am slow to change something I'm doing in my day. However, big transitions I jump at. I am not sure why, but I get prepared early and am anxious to get the show on the road. It comes off sometimes as not caring to those I may be leaving for a while, but really, I'm just not good at goodbyes. Not in the sense I avoid them, but I'm just excited and prepared for what's next, and when I get to whatever that is and my daily routine begins to be effected as the dust settles, I then begin to realize I miss people and certain things. It's just how I'm wired. I have a goal for this big transition... don't do that! I want to enjoy the little bits around and the friends I have made instead of filling my time with preparations and playing the waiting game anxiously for mid May. I want to be a slow transitioner this time. Not only will it help me get little goodbyes and important time with others, but hopefully it will keep me from feeling tired of waiting and counting days as well.
So, what is this big transition, for those who don't know? The past three-ish years, school years anyway, we have been living in Louisville, KY for Aaron to attend Southern Seminary. It's been good here. Not my favorite place to live, but we've made some good friends and enjoyed some great fellowships. It's been a great place to start a family and figure out the first few years of being married. (It's crazy to think we will have been married for 3 years in just a few months, and have known each other for 6!!) Aaron has been mixed some on what he wants to do. He wants to teach but has a great heart for discipleship and camp ministry. He came to seminary, but doesn't want to be a pastor, which is the main trend of students here. We worked at a new camp in summer of 09 where he was over the college staff, leading bible studies, discipleship, and just being there when they needed someone to help with campers or personal stuff. He LOVED it. Of course, we didn't know at the time, that experience was just another bread crumb for the ministry God was preparing our family for. God has "finally" chosen to show my husband what that ministry is. Aaron was chosen to be the new Walkabout director for Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, Texas. For 9 months he will lead, disciple and teach college students. They will receive college credit for the course, which happens to be through Aaron's undergrad school in Arkansas. They will have "exposure" trips to do ministry, adventure trips, classes and fellowship. All of this is an amazing combination of Aaron's passions, and although I share the same passions, they are a little different. My passions are more for the supporting role and the open home for ministry. God truly has catered to us in this "mission field" he has prepared for us. We are extremely blessed.
Of course there is no telling how long God will have us there, but we are finally able to put down some roots, and speaking of, I can finally have a flower garden and a veggie garden! We will have a front porch with the most amazing view, and more stars visible at night then I really ever considered possible! Not to mention the deer around! We have a cute 3 bedroom, 2 bath home waiting just for us, and Madison will have an amazing place to grow up with so many adventures available! I think that's part of my favorite thing about it. It will be so easy for her to play and use her imagination. We are literally in the middle of nowhere, 70 miles from walmart, and she has a huge playground just waiting for her! Of course, there will be much more to share in all of this. We have two months before we go, and then the real fun of transitions will begin!
Tidbits of Us
- I am the wife of an amazing man, seeking hard after God's will for his family, and the mother of 3 beautiful little girls and a 4th baby lost in pregnancy, who all pull at my heartstrings continually. Life has been a whirlwind since our wedding in 2008, including seminary, adventures in camp ministry, missions in Kosovo, and countless moves and God's fingerprints are throughout it all. We are blessed and encouraged that He is equipping us continually for the ministry ahead and pray we are great stewards to all he has entrusted to us, in family, friends, ministry, finances, and of course, the gospel.