We’re In Wheaton

Hello again.  I know it’s been a long while since I last wrote, but we’ve been just a touch busy.  For those of you who don’t know, my family and I recently moved from Greenville, SC to Wheaton, IL for me to attend graduate school at Wheaton College.  The months leading up to the move were, as you can imagine, quite hectic.  I have decided that there are few things in life I dislike more than moving.  You know, the first couple of times I moved, it wasn’t that bad.  However, the longer I am married and the older the kids get, the more stuff we seem to accumulate.  The “in” box definitely gets more use than the “out” box, which I’m pretty sure is packed IN a box somewhere.  Enough about moving, though.  That’s an entire post by itself.

The kids are doing well.  They’ve been in school since August 25th and, despite the expected bouts of homesickness, are adjusting quite nicely.  My daughter is beginning to find her niche in 5th grade.  She’s now on the safety patrol and is beginning band next week.  My son is settling into school a little more slowly but has found a great pasttime — playing sports with the college guys (we live in campus house that backs up to an undergraduate dorm).  So far, he has joined in games of Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer and just today was holding his own in a game of “HORSE.”  I’ve got to say that the college kids here have been great around my children.

Our move up here was a total move of faith (not that our faith has anything to do with how “holy” we are.  Someday, I’ll tell you the story of how we ended up at Wheaton and you’ll see that it really wasn’t that hard of a decision — sometimes, God just makes it easy).  Neither my wife nor I had jobs and we had (still have just) enough money to last us a couple of months.  A week after we moved, Amy got a call from a local hospital asking if she could come for an interview (she is a nurse, by the way).  She interviewed with the HR and management on Wednesday, was asked back for a peer interview on Thursday, and received a job offer on Friday.  From the first contact requesting the interview until the job offer was less than 72 hours.  Wow!  So, she starts tomorrow.

As for me, I’m having a blast!  I recently received an email from a friend who made the comment that he hoped I was containing myself.  I replied that not only was I not containing myself, I wasn’t even trying.  This is a great gig!  I get to read, write, pray, study, meditate and interact with some really brilliant and charitable people…full time.  When I’m not eating dinner with the family or catching an occasional movie with the kids, this is what I do.  I’m pretty stoked.

Anyway, I had promised some folks that I would post periodic updates on this phase of my family’s journey.  This is the first one.  We’re here.  I have to go read some Tertullian now.  Until next time, blessings to you all.

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