One month

 

It has been one month since I decided to quit my job, uproot my family, and move nearly two hours away to a city where we basically do not know anyone all to take a job making roughly $8k less a year...

The more I think about this the more insane it really sounds.

I am honestly still in disbelief.

I expect to wake up one morning and realize that it has all just been a dream. 

If it is a dream I sincerely hope I never wake up. Because so far this move has been one of the best things to happen to our family in the last few years (The birth of our children excluded of course.) Of course the transition comes with a whole new set of challenges most of which I am sure are still not obvious to us yet. But whatever challenges may come will be paradise compared to those we have left behind. 

Before this move I felt like I was literally at the end of my rope. Working long hours, constantly being tired, doing work that made me feel ethically compromised, and the over all strain that was put on my family was something I never imagined would come when I took a job that came with a 40% pay increase. In hindsight, more money did not equal a happier more comfortable life. In short I was drowning, and I could see how badly it was effecting not only me but my wife, and children. 

So here we are doing something that my heart burns for in a city I never imagined I would live in. 

We have been enthusiastically welcomed by the faith community of Epworth UMC and are so excited to be a part of seeing the work of the Kingdom unfold in Huntsville with them. 

I am in the process of becoming a substitute teacher in Huntsville city schools which I am so excited for!

Next week I will be partnered with a 2nd grade "Reading Buddy" who I will visit every week and spend time reading to/with them in hopes of developing their reading comprehension skills. 

I am excited to be able to help some of the more missional minded people in our church in serving the homeless in our community a few times a month. 

Our family gets to go to bed together every night. 

I don't have to be away from them for hours and hours a week.

I get to be present with my children in a way that I have not been able to in nearly a year. 

In other words, this transition even with all of it's apparent and unapparent challenges has been an absolutely life giving and changing decision for our family. 

It feels good to actually look forward to waking up in the morning. 

Through whom, to whom, and for whom all things exist.

-R