General Update

So we have been in Camas for over a month.  Although we love our church and our students and soon Camas, it doesn’t quite feel like home.  We are are still in transitional housing waiting for our house to close.  Hopefully we will know more tomorrow about the date of our close.  Currently we are waiting for our loan to be approved.  Even with preapproval, it seems to take an eternity.  However, we made it through inspection and appraisal with favorable results.  I think we are getting a good deal.

So we are staying up on Livingston Mountain in someone’s house while they are in Arizona.  You can get an idea: Google Maps! It is about a 20 minute drive to Grace but even more into town or Vancouver.  Today Matt and I drove down together and we will be taking separate cars back as I will do grocery shopping and errands (we left a car at the church the other day).  Needless to say this is wearing on us.  And I get a little stir crazy because it is higher elevation and colder and LOTS of hills (whining) proving it hard on the asthma when running.  So I haven’t really been working out too much.

Have I mentioned I want our house to close soon.

Youth ministry at Grace is going well. There are so many things changing and more to come.  I am thankful we have an amazing leadership team and that our students are hungry for more.  It makes it easy when they desire change too!  We had our High School Christmas party last night and the ugly sweaters were in force.  It seemed everyone had a great time.  I am getting the opportunity to be pushed a lot in this transition.  We are doing both Middle School and High School (at the same time/night) because there is no middle school pastor… yet.  So I am speaking much more than ever before from ministry time, announcements.  It is good refining and I’m getting over fears I have dealt with.

So there is a little nibble for today.

One thought on “General Update

  1. Hey Gwyneth!
    Ooh yes Livingston Mountain. Scary place… because I get lost. And no cell reception. And it’s dark and lots of wildlife. And yeah, I get lost. I think, however, there is some scope for imagination with the trees and maybe you can make believe that you’re on an adventure like Sacajawea style. Or Twilight style if you’re into that. Or Pilgrim at Tinker Creek style. And it is gorgeous when it snows. But then you’ll be stuck. Okay, scratch that one.

    I’m sure the house will close soon and then you’ll be closer to everything! Church, food, gym, civilization… I feel you though. When we first moved here, I was in SHOCK that there were no Banana Republics in Clark County. And then got hit with the whole injustice of there not being a Sephora within a twenty mile radius. (Well, one opened in Clackamas but it only counts as a half to me because no YSL. And the one inside JC Penney’s is a tease. That counts as like a fifth.)

    It does gets better…
    Let me know if you wanna go to Portland to shop or something. ^^

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