What happens back home when I am away? My first hope is that all of you are praying for Chris, and if you are local friends, helping her out! My other hope when traveling in the spring is that the snow falls and then melts to get it out of the way before I come back. After over 15 years living in the tropics I say, “I am so done with snow!” The ICC trip in April kept to these “rules” with several snow events. Chris was not impressed.
Where is James when you need him to shovel? In Georgia or Tennessee. Much too far to call home for a little work.
Also, when “dad” is gone there is a lot of moping around by certain parties, no one to rough house with:
Of course when dad gets back those same parties take a while to forgive for the long absence.
Going on the trip is the easy part. With all the focused, intense work there isn’t much time or energy left to miss anything at the end of the day and the jet lag induced “fall asleep at 8pm whether you like it or not” state helps too. For Chris at home it’s very different. The routine of life makes the time pass slowly and the trip seem extra long. She is the one who really makes the sacrifice.
I have two sayings about marriage, “it’s best to marry a saint”, and “it’s better to be lucky than smart.” We didn’t get married almost 34 years ago because we wanted to spend time apart. For ordinary purposes the travel schedule would be too much, but for a season, for the Lord Jesus, its a sacrifice we can make.
There are times when God intervenes in our lives in interesting ways. Chris and I went to help work the FEBC Booth at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville recently and in the process God spoke to James, and James wasn’t even along! Chris and I shared a row of seats in the plane with a nice young man (says grandpa!) who was returning to Chattanooga from a short ski vacation. After talking with him for a while he reminded us of some things we really already knew. The Denver area and the SE USA have very different situations in terms of the job availability, housing and the cost of living. We had some other conversations with Uber drivers and other local folks in Nashville and when we arrived home, we suggested to James that he might re-orient his job search to the SE.
James and his girlfriend, Rebecca, both decided that trying to move South would be a good idea. James sent out his resume for a job in Chattanooga and heard back in one hour that the company wanted to interview him! So it was time to pack up his belongings into our VW bug and head out cross country. He got the job and is currently working laying IT cables in a variety of projects and locations in NW Georgia, Eastern Tennessee and Kentucky. He travels during the week and is staying with Georgia friends on the weekends. Please pray that he can find housing in Chattanooga soon and that he will continue to do well in his job. Rebecca is moving to Atlanta mid-May and will be living with her folks in Marietta and continuing to work at Music In Arts store. They are both looking forward to exploring the beautiful area of Tennessee and North Georgia.
Lauren’s temporary job with the State of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance will be ending in July. She has gained some valuable skills in contract management and facilitating meetings. It is time to move to a permanent position – prayers appreciated as we support her in this next transition.
Chris has been working less at the math learning center, which is a praise! After running the center for four months when the last center director resigned because of family reasons, the center was sold and the new owner/manager is in place. Another transition, but one that is far less stressful! Chris has been able to attend BSF more faithfully and spend time catching up with friends in addition to helping James with his big adventure.