Secondly, Thanksgiving weekend The Ricley's moved into our house upstairs to help save some money in hopes of helping them get to Salt Lake City sooner and begin their campus ministry at the University of Utah. Needless to say, we now have a real "Full House" but we also realize that this is just a small window in our life and we are especially enjoying having more time with them, and especially Grandson #1, Jonathan. One thing that we have going for us is that we laugh every day and are entertained by the boys. Because of circumstances that some may see as a burden we see as a blessing and know we are creating some memories that some never have the chance to make. What an adventure.
Since we've talked about the entire family except A.J. it's only fair that I update him a little bit. Not much has changed with him. He's finished his junior year at Midland University in Fremont, NE, and will turn 22 in a week. A.J. is majoring in Secondary Education and Coaching and will student teach next spring. He is going to work the same security job that he's worked the past couple of summers and is continuing to lift and work out to get ready for what should be a very exciting senior season on the basketball court.
For the sake of time let's fast forward to right now. I am preparing to start a new job in Carlisle (just SE of Des Moines city limits) as their first full time Activities Director. Carlisle is a 3A (boys)/4A (girls) size school that really reminds us a lot of Treynor in terms of the school and community support. This position will allow me an opportunity to work full time at what I feel my strengths are and that is working full time in area of Activities and helping to provide quality programs for student/athletes in the Carlisle Community Schools.
We never really planned to leave Treynor but we feel like God has put another adventure on our road and we're excited to take it. This move will put us 20 minutes from Deb's sister in Ankeny so we're excited for that part of the move as well. It also puts us closer to Iowa City (Go Hawks) and Ames (not a hater of ISU). We look forward to being able to get to a few more games on both campuses. May even catch a few things at Drake and other area colleges as well.
Our biggest prayer at the writing of this blog is the sale of our house. We ARE grateful that our house didn't sell last spring when we had it listed and were looking to move to a different house here in Treynor....but now, we do need it to sell and specifically would like to get it sold in the next month or so because we have our eye on something in Carlisle that we would like to move on quickly. If you could join us in that prayer we would be appreciative....but we know, ultimately, that God's timing will be perfect and ours is not. He's proven that time and time again.
Again, we find ourselves comforted by the words of the prophet Jeremiah.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) Only God knows the plans he has in store for us as we close this chapter of our lives, but that's enough. We're headed down a different road, but we'll find our way because THE Way will be guiding us through it all.
Why would that change now?