It’s been about three months since we’ve shared anything through this blog, and that is far too long in my opinion! I have missed writing and am ready to be back.
There are a couple of reasons for the lack of blog activity, first being the overwhelming response to my last post. I am so humbled by the reaction to Peace, Direction and a Mission – I’m Done Being Part of the Problem. Thank you all for taking the time to read and share it with those in your life! I cannot take any credit for those words, they truly came from God. I don’t think I have ever had Him speak to and through me so clearly. I hope that you are all intentionally seeking opportunities to pray for our Nation and leaders. If I’m being honest, there have been days where praying for these things has slipped my mind, but I am doing my best to prioritize these items in my list of prayer requests each day.
The second reason I have been M.I.A. here is the craziness that has been the last couple of months of our lives! On December 13th, Bryant wrapped up his marketing rotation in Ottumwa. December 14th brought the packers and movers to our rental home and we were completely moved out of Iowa by 4pm with almost all of our worldly possessions on their way to North Carolina. We were able to keep things in storage through Christmas, so we had about three weeks to spend with family before making our big move. The time we spent in Archie, Maysville, and in Oklahoma with family was such a blessing and just what we both needed before moving over a thousand miles from home!
We met up with Bryant’s brother, Britt, and his best friend, Bob on the evening of January 1st and stayed in St. Louis to get a jump start on our road trip. Bryant loves road trips and had the trip planned so that we would be able to see everything in the daylight and wouldn’t be driving at night. This was good in theory, because we did get to see some beautiful scenery, but this plan also resulted in several evening hours to kill at each stop along the way! We finally made it to Cary, NC on the evening of January 3rd and the movers arrived with all of our things early on the 4th. We really enjoyed having Britt and Bob join us on the trip; we had a lot of fun and didn’t have as much time to focus on how far we were getting from home! They were great help as we got settled and we enjoyed some time not working by going to the movies and checking out the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill before they flew back home.
We are finally feeling settled and enjoying our time in the Eastern Time zone. Bryant is now working as a marketing rep. in commercial lawn mowing and likes the team he is working with. He is spending a lot of time in Florida for a training event over the next couple of weeks, and will have more trips scheduled later this spring for photo shoots and other trainings. Before making the move, my plan was to substitute teach in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), and I submitted my application before Christmas. About a week and a half after the move, I learned that WCPSS has had a significant influx of sub applicants, and it could be four months before I even hear anything about the processing of my application. I knew that homesickness would quickly become a problem if I spent as much time at home as I did in Iowa, especially with Bryant traveling as much as he’s scheduled to while we live here. As I explored other options, I decided to create a profile on Care.com. God was working out the details without my noticing, and less than a full day later I had an email from a family looking for a Christian nanny for their twin three-year old boys. After a brief interview, prayer, and discussion with Bryant I accepted the job! It is a perfect fit, and while working with twin preschoolers certainly keeps life interesting, I am genuinely enjoying my time with them. After just three weeks, I know leaving them at the end of Bryant’s rotation will be very difficult!
Our first month in North Carolina has certainly been full of adventures, and we’re looking forward to whatever God has in store for our time here. We’ve been attending Cary First Baptist Church and really enjoy our Sunday School class and the preacher. We’re hoping to find more ways to be engaged there in the coming weeks.
As our time here in Cary progresses, we’re praying that God will use us here as He intends, and that our future after Cary becomes more clear. If you would be willing, we would greatly appreciate your prayers on these matters as well. I sincerely hope (and am planning) that our next move allows me the opportunity to teach in a high school agricultural education program. Due to the timeline of Bryant’s rotations, it may be challenging to find out where we’re going next in time for me to gain certification and apply for open teaching positions. Prayers for His timing, guidance, and peace are so greatly appreciated. We know that He has a plan, but our type-A personalities are struggling to hand over all trust and control to Him! J
As I wrap up this [overly] long post, we would like to thank the many of you we know have been praying for us during this big transition! If you have some vacation time and would like to see things out East, we would love to have visitors!
Until next time, God bless!