one, I resigned from my job two weeks ago. Which I know some of you are thinking- what, in this economy?! It was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in the process of moving overseas so far. However, I feel confident about it and know that God is going to use this time without a "full time" job to strengthen my relationship with Him, help Chase & I to prepare to "go", and allow us to focus more on where God is leading us. It has been a bittersweet time at work, because I have been blessed with my job, with the people I work with and with what I have learned since being there. I will miss everyone and hope to stay in touch. I am planning on nannying the Hubik (a couple from our church) boys (one is 2 and one is about 9 months old) starting in the middle of January. I may end up substitute teaching as well-- who knows! I know I will be doing a lot of reading with our RMP (more on that later) program with Redeemer- which I am excited about... my "bold" prayer this year for myself is that I will finish every book we are assigned to read! (not something I have always done in the past!)
two, chase and I finally finished our applications with an organization!! It was a long drawn out process for us, but we finally mailed them in and are headed for Florida for a conference on January 2nd!! We are super excited and can't wait to see what this is all about and to finally get this process started. We will be sure to update you on it when we return.
three, we have had lots of Christmas festivities... my work/client dinner at Cagle's Steak house, Chase's work/client party at the Overton Hotel & again at Double Nickel Steak house, I went home for Christmas Joy last weekend (separate post on this), our small group Christmas party, office Christmas parties, a December church-wide prayer gathering, Christmas with my dad and Linda this weekend and Christmas shopping in-between all of it!
four, we have both been sick! I got sick last Saturday with a cold/sinus stuff and got Chase sick on Thursday! We are both on the mend, but still stuffed up...
I think that is all that has been up with us. We are ready for Christmas (which we will spend in Albuquerque this year), for rest, and to reflect on all the blessings of 2009. We pray that you all find your hope in Christ this season and enjoy your time with family and friends!