SNOW! and other stories…

It snowed last night and we woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow over Livingston Mountain.  It was great.  No where else in Camas had snow but we did!  We had to get to an early coffee meeting so I didn’t take a picture.  

We will have a longer time up here thanks to some things needed for our loan.  I’m thankful we have good and creative people working with us.  We are inconvenienced but we are blessed to have shelter.  Hopefully we will get more snow and I will take lots of pictures.  

Yesterday we went Christmas shopping.  Yikes.  I didn’t know so many people had Monday off!  Loaded up on cold  medicine, I did my best and I hope people like their presents.  Yes, I have a bit of a winter cold.  Awesome.  Nothing feels more like Christmas than decking the halls with balls of tissue.

We stood in line at the post office for 30 min.  Not bad.  But we witnessed some foul behavior.  A lady asked another lady if it was okay if she stepped out of line to check something and line lady said yes.  When out of line lady came back line lady made her go to the end of the line!  FOUL!  SCROOGE!  GRINCH! If you weren’t a decent human being at least you could remember it is Christmas.  I stood behind her quietly singing the theme song from the Grinch.

Singing in protest is a passive aggressive coping mechanism I developed at a young age, finding that it royally annoyed my mother if I sang sweetly about how mean my mommy was.  

In other news, my mom and I have a great relationship.  

Matt also took this time to inform me that our Christmas letter had typos.  I told him I didn’t care.  So if you see them.  I don’t care.  Currently that might be the cold medicine but I think we will live.  

So the Christmas count is 4 days.  The clock is ticking.  Still have a few presents left to purchase.

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.

The Sabbatical Begins

Gwyneth in progress.  I really thought about this title.  I could have gone with the kept pastor’s wife or random wanderings of a redhead but I felt this was slightly fresher and probably more to the point.

Well in the last month, I have said goodbye to Foursquare in Puyallup, moved 2.5 hrs away to the “greater Camas area” with my husband, Matt as he builds a youth church at Grace Foursquare.  We are trying to buy a house, be married, and start a new life.  It’s fun.

I didn’t realize how hard we had pushed in the last 6 months.  We had all Monday together and realized ministry was the hobby we had together.  That doesn’t work so well when it also becomes your job.  So we are learning about each other all over again.  It’s fun.  Like dating again, except not and I can’t go into it because it involves a filter and my mom potentially reading this.

Owen is at my parents house.  We miss him.  Really miss him.  I miss going on walks with him and having him with me on days off.  Which I have a lot of right now. 

So far I have discovered that the “greater Camas area” as Matt said the other night at youth services, is pretty cool.  I’m loving that Portland is spitting distance and Vancouver is cool too.  Shannon Redfern, my favorite super blond from Puyallup, loves Washougal and I am sure it has it’s charms but I’m not there yet.  It had some cute houses and parks.  

We have not found a house to call our own yet.  But we will.  I know it.  Until then we will be moderately homeless staying in others homes until we find an apartment/home/whatev. 

So as I relax into my sabbatical aka unemployed, I plan on writting a bit, playing a bit, and maybe cooking a bit.  And chatting about it.