Saturday, November 7, 2009

Back story #1: or how we got here

So several months back, our state of being was as follows:
Megan: On leave from teaching for the 09-10 school year to stay home with Abbey
Nick: Working at a local music store and not exactly loving it

Nick had been working at the store for over a year and constantly looking for something different. Who knows how many other jobs he applied for, but nothing ever came through. He started calling this, "the year of being poor."

October rolls around, Nick is still at the store. We started a study at our church called, "live like you were dying." Now, I (megan) was being a bit cynical about this study and said it was silly because, "if we really only had 30 days left to live (the premise of this study) then you (nick) would quit your job and we'd live off our savings! But we can't do that... we need your income."
A week later, Nick comes into the bedroom after being up early with the baby and informed me that October would be the last month that he worked at the store. Evidently he and Abbey had discussed it at length while I was sleeping. Then a week or so later, we found out that his store was closing. October would indeed be the last month he worked at the store.

Oh boy... now we're both out of work! Yikes!

After some thinking, praying, and discussing, we decided Nick would take November off to do some volunteering in Drew's school (which he needs to do for his teaching certification program anyway) and we'd supplement the paychecks we get from the church with our savings... but... get this... his paycheck from the store to finish out October was EXACTLY the amount we needed to not have to use ANY of our savings. God is really providing for us and helping us see that we're going step by step with Him.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just getting started

so I'm not sure about this whole blogging thing yet, or what it will lead to, but with the significant changes coming up in the life of our family, I felt this might be a good way to keep friends and family tuned in with what's happening in our lives.

Suffice it to say, we feel God has called us to leave our comfortable life here in the Seattle area and go somewhere new starting early in 2010. We'll probably be out for between 6-8 months with the current plan of coming back for me to teach again next fall. We're not sure where we are going yet, but we've applied to be "mission interns" with the Mission Society, so we're waiting to hear back from them. In the meantime, I'm busy getting documents together to get passports for the whole family, and scheduling doctor's appointments for immunizations.

We were talking about this whole adventure last night with Drew and he said during prayers, "Dear God, thank you that we're going to be missionaries... can we please go to Hawaii?" :)
He's got his request in... we'll see, Drew, we'll see.

Nick is working his last week at the music store this week and then we'll both be busy selling our stuff, packing that which we'd like to keep, and moving out of our apartment by the end of November.

There are some funny and touching stories that lead up to this decision that I'll share later, but for now... keep praying for us that God would reveal to us where we should go and for how long.