Saturday, August 30, 2008

Life is changing...A lot!

It has been hard to write because life has gone so crazy and I have made so many decisions about life. A lot of things I wasn't comfortable writing about until they were made public. I didn't want anyone to stumble across a post and find out before I had announced my plans...So here it is...
I have resigned from my parish. I had struggled with this decision for quite a long time. I had decided about three months ago, but had to come to terms with the decision. What it meant, was it what I wanted.
I didn't tell anyone, not even Dustin, for about a month. One night, I came home from church, started crying and said to Dustin, "I want to quit."
I have loved being a pastor and I think I may return to ministry eventually, but right now, I just want to be on the farm. I have been spreading myself very thin for a very long time and I finally had to make a decision that would make me happy. I want to farm.
I am hoping that I will still do some pulpit supply, I still enjoy preaching a great deal, but the daily parish life has been difficult for me. I have lost my passion.
I will be going on leave from call. I will be done September 28. I am relieved.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Finshing cleaning the office, a wierd family funeral, and I need an oil change!

The countdown is almost up. i currently trying to put together a graveside service for a weird relative. I have to drive about 16 hours tomorrow for the funeral. I have to get up at about 4:AM to get ready, drive 2 hours and pick up the widow, who I have never met.
Drive 5 hours up to my mom's home town. Meet my mom and dad, my aunt and uncle, and maybe a few cousins. Eat lunch, drive to cemetery about 30-45 minutes away, bury weird relative, drive the 5 hours to drop off the widow and then drive the next 2 hours home.
I am exhausted thinking about tomorrow, so I'm not quite sure how I am going to pull it off yet.
Today, I have to finish up cleaning the house, put together the funeral, put together the wedding service for the wedding I am performing on Friday, and some time today I need to put Sunday together.
Just your average day.
Hopefully I can give an update tonight.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Today is the day I'm going to start flying...again!

I need to get to work on cleaning the guest room and the house. I have pulled out my journal and am going to start with 1 hr weekly clean and then take the office on in baby steps to have it ready for the weekend.
So, it's time to start.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Reyna called this afternoon and she's coming on Friday. I can't wait. I have a wedding on Friday, which is a bit sticky, but it will be fine. I can't wait.
I'm really hoping we'll have fresh tomatoes while she is here. It's the one thing that she mentioned, so hopefully.
I have to get the guest room ready for her visit. My mom and dad stay at my inlaws, but Reyna would rather stay with us, so we'll set up a mattress in the office.
YAY! Reyna's coming.
On the Sunday front. My sermon went great. Church went very well. After that we went out for dinner.
After we got home, I took a 3 hour nap, blissful

Saturday, August 2, 2008


So, it's 10:00 pm on Saturday night. Do you know where your pastor is? This one is heading to bed.
I picked beans in the garden and have them ready to blanch and freeze tomorrow. I picked the wax beans and Dustin will make pickles out of them tomorrow as well. I picked the sugar pod peas and a few zucchini and made a wonderful stir fry for supper. All in all, I'm feeling pretty good.
The kitchen is a mess and I can't figure out how it would be, but somehow, my spotless kitchen from yesterday is a disaster again today. I need to figure out some sort of system to keep our house under control, it's ridiculous.
I asked Dustin how I could sweep the living room floor two times yesterday and it would look like a disaster today. He pointed out that it's most likely because we live in such a small space. Everything is so compact and our traffic patter is always the same. If we had more space, the same two people who make the same amount of mess will see the effects of it less. I think he may be right.
I will figure out a system though.
Good night.
Sermon is ready, I'm ready for bed.

Today...Small accomplishments...

Sometimes need to keep you going.
I have tons of things left for Sunday, but didn't get there. I was inspired to clean, so my entry is clean, our bedroom sheets are changed and sprayed with my favorite rose linen spray. (Dustin will love that...heehee, not so much, a bit girly for him). The bedroom is cleaned up, but I still need to get a little dusting done.
I have the livingroom clean, the storage room rearranged and even the dusting done.
I got good news today, my friend Reyna might be coming for a visit. She isn't quite sure about her schedule yet, but it's looking promising. Dustin and I are so excited.
I'm not sure about tomorrow's plans, but Dustin just got home. He and E were working on one of the rentals. It was late. So, I better give him a little attention.
Later all