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My Dad

Well, we are moved in and settled.  And no, I am not super woman - I just need to have some control over something in my life, and the house setting seems to be the only thing that I can even partially do that with!  ;)  I am glad that it is over with and we can relax and enjoy this amazing, new place!
As I was ironing curtains to put them up (it's about the only time my iron gets much use) I was thinking about something that made me giggle.  I recently had an experience with my birth father that reminded me of some hurtful things.  No one likes to feel rejected, yet time and time again in my life that had been the feeling I have gotten from him.  And not for any particular reason that I can see - just simply because I am me.  That's the worst rejection, I think.  Who wants to be told, "It's not me, it's you!" ?  :)  (And I should clarify that my grandmother and all the extended family on that side has been a wonderful part of my life!  I love you guys!)
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Home sweet home

Well, we are moved in, unpacked, and mostly decorated.  We have eaten here, slept here, did dishes and laundry here - so I guess we are officially home! :)
This move is a different type of move for us.  Though we are in a different house and different town, and though we will be attending a different church on Sunday mornings, it does not feel foreign.  We still will be at Green Hills a few times week - in fact we have worship team practice tonight.  And we have known many of the people at this Carman Road church for a long time - including two of the former pastors and their families who are friends of ours.  So it does not feel like there is a lot of adjusting and changing.  It is a little strange to be living in "Tim and Melinda's" house!  And we discovered that went to Nyack with the guy who did the design on the living room ceiling!  To know so many people who have lived in the house in the past is always a fun thing about living in a parsonage!
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packing it in

Today is part 1 of moving day.  Part one because we will pack up the van after the Good Friday service tonight, then sleep at a friend's house! (Thanks, Rosina!)  Tomorrow morning we head to Schenectady, unpack, return the truck, and once again sleep at Rosina's house, because we have a sunrise service in Troy on Easter!  It will be our last Sunday morning in Troy as we start the transition to these two pastorates beginning May 1st. 
This is what my house (in Troy) looks like right now...





(Most of our earthly possessions in one room!) 

Thankfully my ever-flexible kids have found ways to work/play despite the chaos today!

I am thankful for the Good Friday service tonight, and a chance to sit in a clean, uncluttered sanctuary and reflect on why we are doing this thing called life to begin with.  Happy Good Friday, everyone.  Sunday is on the way!

gushy thankfulness

I have often heard people in ministry complain because of lack of pay, unrealistic expectations, and various other things that we face as a pastor's (or missionary's) family.  And though I am sure that some of those things are valid concerns, I have been extremely blessed in my time in ministry.  Throughout our times in all the different churches we have been at, we have experienced God's blessings to us through his people.  And I guess I have been one of those lucky people that have been places where people accept me for who I am, because I have never really felt pressured to be the "pastor's wife."  (I have learned over the years that honesty and transparency is a wonderful thing - but so is knowing when to keep my mouth shut!  lol!) 
I was thinking about this today as we pulled up to the parsonage to finish cleaning and painting before we move in on Saturday, and there on the front porch was a brand new mattress for one of the kids!  A nice one - pillow to…

lent

So I did something new for me this year - I observed lent.  I don't completely understand all the ins and outs of it still, and I hope I don't offend someone with this post!  For example, am I even supposed to tell people I gave up something for lent?  Politically correct things aside, it has been an interesting experience for me.

I grew up in a denomination that more or less ignores lent.  We have celebrated the Easter season of course. But the time leading up to it - starting with Ash Wednesday - was somewhat of a mystery to me.  This past year has been a time of meeting people that I respect who do the "church thing" quite different from me.  I felt myself being drawn to some of the more traditional, liturgical side of things.  I met two women who are Episcopalian priests and who have become friends of mine.  I love listening to them pray and seeing their heart and passion for God.  Shawn's good friend (and mine) is a Methodist pastor and I jokingly call him a…

Bucket list

Made a bucket list with Shawn tonight.  We are very different, so often times we would have to add our names after certain things.  For example, I could care less about seeing Bigfoot (really?!?) and he does not want to take a cake decorating or Latin dance class with me!  But when it comes to traveling, we are two peas in a pod - and I think our children are taking after us.  With all of us sitting around I heard:  visit the Western US and do a park tour, see a hockey game in Russia, boat on the Amazon, swim in the Nile, Visit the pyramids in Giza, pray at the Wailing Wall, walk on the Great Wall, eat fish and chips in a pub in England, lift our kilts in Scotland - Brave heart-like, take in a game at the new Yankee stadium, and try to make the guards at Buckingham palace laugh! 
I am so glad that God put my family together this way!  As we go through this life and continue our crazy adventures it is always fun to see how they play out!

Transitions and change

Change is not a bad thing - but it can certainly feel like it is picking you up, tossing you around, and then flinging you back to the ground bruised and uncertain about the ride you just took.  You would think that I would be used to transition.  After all, the almost 19 moves - including the one coming up next week - to 4 different states, several different towns and houses, two different continents, and many different church families that have dotted our marriage have all had many more amazing, life changing applications than bad ones. (Even the "bad" experiences are things I can be thankful for as I look back and see God's hand!)  And the relationships that we have built over the years because of the moves remain, for the most part, strong and vital in our lives.  We do not always get to see people as much as we like, but when we do it is usually picking up where we lift off.  I am thankful for this gift, as that should not necessarily be the case.
But change is stil…

The next step

A couple months ago I blogged about the fact that our church was struggling financially, and we did not see how we could stay on full time.  I was frustrated that God was not giving us answers, but simply telling us to wait on him.  I didn't want to wait until a week before the church was out of money and have to start looking for a job!  But as I settled into believing that God was at work, I started to see his hand in things that I never would have expected.
This evening Shawn was appointed as the part-time pastor of Carman Road Alliance Church AND Green Hills Alliance Church (Starting May 1st.)  We have been at Green Hills for three years this summer, and are glad that we do not have to leave it- but I never expected to gain another church family in the process!   In fact, I was sure that God would lead us to a church that was not a re-development church, not to the opportunity to do two of these churches at once!  I admit, both Shawn and I fought the idea at first.  But as soo…