Let’s see… What have we been up to lately… Not a whole lot. With the combination of cold and being in the middle of nowhere we have been doing a lot of “trying” to entertain ourselves. Playing games, watching movies, etc. I’ve taken a lot of hot baths (just to warm myself up).
Last weekend my mom, dad, Savanna, and Buddy came to visit. It was nice to have them here. I sure do miss them. I realized how much I miss my cousin’s four kids as well: Damon, Savanna, Lilly, and Amber. I haven’t seen them in a while. It was fun to have a kid around again! We played a lot of hand-and-foot, celebrated Corey’s (belated) birthday, went shopping, and went to church. They got to hear Corey preach (I believe my dad and Savanna for the first time) and listen to his forum from his Israel trip last January. I only have a couple pictures of the weekend, but I will show them off anyways.
Ella and Buddy sure love playing with each other.
Savanna being adorable in front of the fountain at the mall.
Ella loves spending time with her grandma (sorry it’s not that flattering of a picture mom).
The babies and I.
Now, to talk about the forum Corey did at church. Last Sunday (March 2, 2014) Corey talked about the places he visited in Israel. He did a great job during his presentation (although I was a little bored). People seemed to be pretty intrigued at what he was telling them and asked a lot of questions. The weekend before (the last Sunday of February) Corey talked about the political tension and history of Israel and the area. Again, people seemed very interested to learn about the area where Jesus lived, taught, and gave His life for us. Corey is very fortunate to have visited such an amazing place. I know he has memories to last a lifetime from what he experienced there.
Since my last post Corey had a birthday! He is now a quarter of a century years old (that’s 25). We tried to celebrate on his birthday by going to Fargo and eat at Red Lobster but the weather was not wonderful, we went the day after instead. He celebrated his day by watching the Olympics (I think hockey was on). I gave him some Nike USA Olympics sweatpants for his birthday, of course he wore those as he was cheering on USA. After our unsuccessful trip to Red Lobster we had some cheesecake, I lit a candle even.
To get back to the title: “Future ‘Planning’”
Corey and I have been doing some thinking about what we would like to do when Corey graduates. He is going to seek a First Call position as a pastor.
That process goes a little like this (I still don’t 100% understand the process, so this is my understanding of it):
1. We pick our top three or four regions. North America’s ELCA is split into nine different regions.2. The ELCA then assigns us to a region (hopefully one from our top three/four).
3. In the middle of February of next year we will hear where our assigned region is.
4. About two weeks later the Bishop of the Synod we are assigned to gives us a call.
5. After this I’m not sure what happens. What I think is that Corey will find out open positions and start the “interview” process. (Pretty much, Corey will get a job if we are open to where God wants us. Corey said for all of ELCA churches there were about 294 openings for first call pastors and 170 pastors going for their first call. That means the ELCA is short 124 first call pastors!)
I titled this “planning” because God likes to laugh at our plans. It’s more of like our far-off wishes. Corey and I really want to keep our doors open but our hearts’ wishes are much different. We wish for a larger congregation with people our age in a larger city/town. We are also wishing for a warmer place (like the southern half of the United States). We have picked out our tentative regions we would like to be at and have done a little research on some of the congregations that are looking for pastors in that area. Although, this all may change as far as openings we are still trying to do some research on the areas and what-not. I hate this uncertainty of what we will be doing in a year and a half and where we will be. Only God knows. But, I can rest assured that God will be watching over us and our lives.
Well. That’s all the “new” info I have for today.
Next Thursday-Saturday we will be in the cities! Yay. My first time back since Christmas and I can’t wait. I miss home so much. I miss my parents, my friends, my family, my niece, the city and the traffic, the busyness of the city, and my familiar surroundings.
Until next time!