So I am beginning to feel that our blog has become a little bit lame. Mostly because it isn't updated very often so now that we are finally settled in somewhere for the forseeable future, we'll try to be better at it.
After a year of wandering and being dependent on the hospitality and grace of others (for which we are entirely grateful), we are finally home. We moved to Chicago three weeks ago and Dan started working at the ECC denominational offices in Church Growth and Evangelism (Congregational vitality to be more precise). He loves the work and is really enjoying the opportunity he has to assist churches and to be a resources to pastors. (I really am not very good at describing what exactly he does but suffice it to say, he is happy with this call). We found an apartment and have some great neighbors and love our new neighborhood. It still doesn't quite feel like this is for real or for the long term, but I think it will just take time. Hopefully it will be sooner than later.
I'm working up in Gurnee for April and May but still on the hunt for real full time employment. This whole job search has been a source of discouragement and irritation for me throughout the past few years. Unfortunately, this discouragement doesn't generally translate to motivation for me but Dan has been great at encouraging me and providing that extra kick in the butt when I've needed it (though I haven't always wanted it).
After so long, I think we both finally feel at peace. At rest and contented with where we are. The last piece of the puzzle is that whole job thing but at least, I'm not totally unemployed. That helps. So life is pretty good right now.
And just for fun, here's a picture of us from Easter (yes, that is North Park in the background). We were invited to join the Cisneros family for their celebration and had a great time.